Since coronavirus became a global pandemic, our union’s attention has been focused on how to ensure the health, safety, and economic well-being of our members, families, and communities—including many of our members who, in the midst of this crisis, continue to provide crucial services in our communities.
With every passing day, medical and public health professionals are learning more about COVID-19, an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus that was introduced to humans for the first time in 2019.
This new virus seems to be very contagious and has quickly spread globally.
As confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus surface across California, there are a lot of questions about how to prepare.
The March 3 elections are fast approaching. As with any election year, the results will have a real impact on SEIU 1021 members, the services we provide, and the communities where we live, work, and raise our families. That’s why our members choose to endorse candidates in certain races each election year.
On January 28, SEIU 1021 members joined San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Supervisors Gordon Mar, Shamann Walton, Sandra Fewer and Norman Yee, and other unions, community groups for a rally celebrating the City’s broad support of Schools & Communities First Ballot Initiative.
This exciting measure would reclaim $12 billion each year from wealthy corporations like Chevron and Shell Oil to fund schools and local services. The initiative specifically exempts all residential property, guaranteeing that homeowners and renters will be protected.
Join SEIU 1021 at the Women’s March
We'll be talking to voters about getting Schools & Communities First on the ballot.
The Women’s March is an international protest taking
place in communities across California for human rights
and against increasing violence against women, gay and
transgender people, Muslims, Jews and communities of color.
Together we will take a stand for reproductive rights,
climate justice, immigrants, Black Lives and gender
equality. What better opportunity to talk to our
friends and neighbors about justice for our children, our
communities, and our future?
This year marks SEIU 1021’s second annual toy drive for
low-income families. Last year’s Toy Drive helped 150
families. Event organizers are wanting to help over 250
families this time around.
Members are being asked to donate new toys and gift cards for children ages infant to 12 years old at an SEIU 1021 office near you.
“Our goal is to collect donations by Friday, December 13. We want to help as many families as possible this holiday season,” said Sandra Lewis, SEIU 1021 VP of Representation.
On September 20, SEIU 1021 members across Northern California stood with students, climate change activists, and other unions by participating in the International Youth Climate Strike. Together, workers demanded that world leaders take immediate, bold action on climate change and to raise standards for working people.
On Friday, July 12, we joined millions across the country to shine a light on the inhumane conditions facing migrants in detention centers. With rallies and vigils held in Oakland and in Marysville, we took part in the Lights for Liberty national day of action to call on the Trump Administration to stop the separation of families and to stop the raids that incite fear in our communities.
Martin Sheen, 1,200 Graduating Seniors, and Guests Support Santa Clara Univ. Adjuncts and Lecturers’ Efforts to Unionize
On June 16, at Santa Clara University’s commencement ceremony, adjuncts and lecturers’ campaign for a free and fair election on unionization got a big shout out during the keynote speech by actor Martin Sheen. As a labor, environmental, and anti-war activist, as well as a life-long union member, he was willing to treat his commencement speech as an opportunity to urge the SCU administration to grant adjuncts and lecturers a fair and free vote to unionize.
From the bargaining table, to the streets, and before hospitals’ oversight committees, nurses are refusing to back down when to it comes to patient quality care and safety on the job.
On Monday, April 22, California College of the Arts (CCA) non-faculty staff voted overwhelmingly to form their union with SEIU 1021.
On March 7, more than 1,000 San Francisco workers and community
allies protested in front of the headquarters of the SF Municipal
Transportation Agency and the city’s Human Resources Department
to demand City Administrators take immediate action to stop
sexual harassment and end gender discrimination across city
The rally comes after city ombudsman Dolores Blanding released a report detailing allegations of bullying, verbal abuse, discrimination, and sexual harassment within city departments.
Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Classified Staff Honor Teacher Picket Lines in Sympathy Strike
OUSD Classified workers including 1,000 instructional specialists, school security officers, administrative workers and other workers honored picket lines in support of striking teachers.
Bettie Reed Smith, President of the SEIU 1021 OUSD Chapter, and Instructional Assistant at Markahm Elementary, released the following statement:
|Elected by Acclamation||Monique Chaney-Williams||Alameda County Area Representative|
|Elected by Acclamation||Felipe Cuevas||Alameda County Area Representative|
|Elected by Acclamation||Richard Thoele||Alameda|
Three months ago, SEIU 1021 members joined a 9-union coalition to
negotiate with Contra Costa County and put an end to runaway
healthcare costs. The campaign used strength in numbers to win a
new contract with guarantees for a fairer healthcare
cost-share with the County, increased wages for the next three
years, a seat at the table with the County and health plan
providers to keep premium increases in check, and much more.
Don’t miss the lineup of inspiring speakers and workshops at our upcoming member convention in Concord, CA on Sept 22-23. All SEIU 1021 members are invited. Register here by the August 20th deadline.
Advocating for Justice in Our Courts
This spring court workers flooded the halls of our state capital to advocate for those seeking justice.
As court workers and advocates for our communities, we know access to justice is directly tied to income. In the trial court system, when court reporters are not provided, only the wealthy can afford to hire a reporter. Low-income workers, juggling multiple jobs, are unable access justice due to restricted public hours and closed facilities. People who cannot afford money bail often sit awaiting a court date resulting in a loss of income to their household.
Bringing more than ten months of bargaining to a close, the Oakland City workers represented by SEIU Local 1021 ratified a two-year contract with the City of Oakland on Friday, February 23.
With provisions that increase worker safety, provide cost of living adjustments, and address the working conditions of police and fire communications dispatchers, the contract takes steps to improve public services to Oakland residents and businesses.