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SEIU 1021 COVID-19 Response Updates

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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. 


Coronavirus: What SEIU 1021 members need to know

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.


2020 March Endorsements

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.


SF Political Leaders, Community and Labor Groups Endorse Schools and Communities First Initiative

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? 


Donate to SEIU 1021’s Toy Drive

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.


2019 Endorsements


  • District Attorney: Ranked: Chesa Boudin 1st, Suzy Loftus 2nd

  • Mayor: London Breed

  • Proposition A Affordable Housing Bond: Yes on A

  • Proposition B Department of Disability and Aging Services​: Yes on B

  • Proposition C Vapor Products: No on C


SEIU 1021 Members Participate in the International Youth Climate Strike

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. 


“Children Don’t Belong in Cages”

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

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.


Workers Take Action to Stop Harassment and Discrimination 

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 departments. 

The rally comes after city ombudsman Dolores Blanding released a report detailing allegations of bullying, verbal abuse, discrimination, and sexual harassment within city departments. 


Stopping Runaway Healthcare Costs in Contra Costa County

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.


2018 Endorsements

SEIU1021 endorses candidates in statewide elections, as well as in elections in regions where our members work and live. Our endorsements include Democrats and Republicans — the main criteria is that the candidate supports policies that support working people.

U.S. Senate

Senator: Kevin de León


Register for Our 2018 Member Convention

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.

Our member convention will bring together several hundred of our members, leaders, and activists for a weekend of inspiring speakers, workshops, networking, and fun.


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.


More than 2,200 City of Oakland workers ratify contract with the City of Oakland

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.