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At Alameda Health System, 1021 Members Stand Up for a Safe Workplace and a Healthy Environment for Patients
For years, Alameda Health System hospitals have faced
underfunding from the County. Understaffed departments are
struggling to provide adequate care for the poor, the elderly,
the homeless, and people experiencing mental health crises. Now,
SEIU 1021 members are standing up and saying “Enough is
More than 850 HealthRIGHT 360 clinic and behavioral healthcare workers have voted to unionize with the Service Employees International Union on December 16. Months of organizing culminated in the historic vote Monday night, with 73% of HR360 workers at over 100 clinics in Northern and Southern California choosing to unionize by signing authorization cards. The workers will join SEIU Local 1021 in the Bay Area and SEIU Locals 721 and 221 in Los Angeles and San Diego, respectively.
On Saturday, December 7,close to 100 SEIU 1021 members braved the rain to talk to voters and our neighbors about getting the Schools & Communities First initiative on the November 2020 ballot.
“Corporations have been taking money out of our pockets—food out of the mouths of our children—for 40 years, and it’s time to change that. That’s why I’m here today,” said Andrea Mullarkey, SEIU 1021 member and Teen Librarian at the Berkeley Public Library.
Last night, Berkeley Legislative Aides employed by the City Council submitted a petition to the Berkeley Personnel Board calling for the same collective voice that other city workers enjoy. After successfully making their case to the Personnel Board, these 17 workers became the newest members of the Berkeley Community Service Chapter of SEIU 1021.
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.”
SEIU 1021 members walked precincts and made phone calls
for a handful of candidates in the City of Novato and
San Francisco during this year’s November
election. Members made a final Get-Out-The-Vote push for
Chesa Boudin for District Attorney in San Francisco, and Susan
Wernick and Amy Peel for the Novato City Council. All three
After nearly nine months of a hard-fought campaign, SEIU 1021
members of the City of Oakland chapter have voted overwhelmingly
in favor of a new two-year contract. Because of the unity
showed by 1021 members, the City was forced to back down from
their attempts to pull healthcare from City workers and to make
it easier to hire their cronies instead of drawing from Oakland’s
existing part-time workforce. Workers will receive a 6%
raise over the two years of the contract, and won improved
contract language around health and safety.
On Monday, October 28 at noon, doctors, nurses, medical assistants and other staff at La Clínica de La Raza rallied outside clinics in three counties to demand management put an end to the chronic understaffing that prevents the delivery of safe patient care.
Since October 2, our SEIU 521 sisters and brothers working for Santa Clara County have been on strike for the first time in nearly 40 years. Santa Clara County workers are striking over the County’s Unfair Labor Practices (ULP), which hurt the ability of workers to provide top-notch services to their residents.
Agreement Reached to Save the Adult Residential Facility and Stop Displacement of Mentally Ill Residents in San Francisco
After months of protests aimed at protecting the residents of the Adult Residential Facility, members of SEIU 1021 and IFPTE Local 21, together with SF Supervisors Ronen and Haney, reached an agreement with the SF Department of Public Health and the Mayor London Breed to protect the facility and its severely mentally ill residents on October 11.