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On the heels of a successful strike authorization vote, SEIU 1021 members at La Clínica de la Raza turned up the heat in their fight for a contract by holding a powerful unity break outside their offices on Wednesday, November 27.
“For tens of thousands of families across Northern California, we are one of the only options people have for the health care they desperately need,” said Angel Valdez, Layout Graphic Designer and La Clínica SEIU 1021 Chapter President.
When Alameda Health System began notifying people of layoffs, workers knew how damaging it would be for patient care across the County’s hospitals and health services—and they began organizing to take action at the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting.
Flanked by over 30 coworkers and supporters in scrubs and purple union shirts, EVS worker Donn DesBoine told the AHS Board of Trustees at their September meeting, “Sometimes there’s one housekeeper to a floor…If the layoffs happen, there’s no care for infection control…[and] the patients are going to be affected.”
Workers Block Landfill as San Joaquin Supervisors Refuse to Address Problems Plaguing County Services
Individuals driving out to North County Landfill early Saturday
morning were shocked to see 100 SEIU 1021 members assembled at
the entrance, holding picket signs and blocking access to the
dumpsite. While Saturday’s protest focused on the landfill, the
problem of understaffing and inadequate resources touches every
corner of San Joaquin County.
SEIU 1021 Members on the right side of history as federal judge declares the HHS “conscience” rule unlawful
On October 30, SEIU 1021 nurses, healthcare workers, and our community allies spoke out to oppose a final rule change by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This rule change would have destroyed healthcare workers’ “duty to care” by allowing religious objections to care that will impact LGBTQI patients, women’s healthcare, and more.
On November 6, hundreds of Uber & Lyft drivers from the We Drive Progress coalition staged protests across California to draw attention to the awful treatment, pay, and benefits hurting these workers across California.
“I have two herniated discs in my back, which makes being in the car very painful. But I have to drive to make ends meet. I also have to drive because I am responsible for taking care of my father,” said Raul Flores, who has been driving for around 3 years.“If we had fair pay, benefits, and a union, I’d be able to get physical therapy.”
Over the last 40 years, large corporations have not been paying
their fair share for services that help our communities thrive,
resulting in impacts like program cuts, understaffing, and
high-turnover at many workplaces.
More than 600 member leaders convened in Concord on the weekend of September 22-23 for our member convention to chart the course for the future of our union and to hear from inspiring speakers on how we must transform and innovate to thrive during challenging times.
At 8 am on October 30, a federal judge will hold a hearing on a final rule change by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This rule would permit employees to refuse to assist in care based on their individual religious beliefs, without consideration for the impact on patient care.
SEIU 1021 members and our allies will hold a press conference and ceremony outside the Courthouse at 7:45 am to oppose this rule and affirm our commitment to accessible care.
Alameda Health System members of 1021 are standing strong in the face of pervasive mismanagement and constant attacks on public healthcare. In recent months, AHS (mis-)management has attacked our members repeatedly, threatening layoffs, trying to kick members’ families off of their healthcare plans, and even attempting to deny SEIU 1021 representatives access to AHS facilities where those representatives work.
Santa Clara University Students Protest New President’s Inauguration: “This School Does Not Uphold Jesuit Values”
As Santa Clara University’s new president Father O’Brien was inaugurated, students engaged in a silent protest action against the University abandoning its mission and not upholding its Jesuit values. Their banner and signs reference the University’s refusal to let faculty have a vote on unionization, its continued investment in fossil fuels in the midst of a climate crisis, and acceptance of $4 million from the notorious Charles Koch foundation.