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The Supreme Court Turns Back the Clock, Relegates Women to Second-Class Citizens
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Must Be Our Call to Action

By Theresa Rutherford, SEIU 1021 Vice President for San Francisco and Certified Nursing Assistant

I am so enraged it is hard to find words this morning. The highest court in the land – the court that is meant to be the final check in the system of checks and balances to protect our human and constitutional rights – has taken away the right of 51 percent of this country to make decisions about our own bodies and lives. In effect, this ruling will criminalize people for making deeply personal decisions about their healthcare, families, and future.


June 7, 2022 Endorsements
Let’s elect pro-labor candidates and pass measures that help our communities!

To protect our rights, improve our working conditions and quality of life, and better our communities, the candidates we elect and the ballot measures we pass–or reject–matter. That’s especially true when it comes to local and state races. The 2022 statewide and midterm elections are our opportunity to showcase worker power at the ballot box. We have made significant progress over the last two years. Now, we must build upon our advancements.

We know that the fight for economic, racial, environmental, and immigrant justice is one that we cannot sit out. That is why we, as a union, actively participate in the political process. Across Northern California, we will vote for our endorsed candidates and ballot measures and mobilize our communities to vote to achieve the kind of justice we deserve.

We organize good trouble on the streets, in our workplaces, and now at the ballot box.

We urge members to participate in phone banking, canvassing, and other outreach initiatives to help us elect candidates who will fight for us and pass measures that will benefit workers across Northern California.

Click the links below to see what candidates and measures SEIU 1021 members have endorsed for the June 7, 2022 election, and see our upcoming volunteer opportunities here:


We’re going to fight like hell to save Laguna Honda Hospital

Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), who provide the vast majority of our funding, have conducted site visits and an investigation into a number of on-site infractions. As a result, the hospital is required to implement a Closure and Patient Transfer and Relocation Plan while we all continue to work towards recertification.


TIME interviews SF City/County workers in national story about short-staffing in the public sector

A recent national story from TIME dives into the different ways that short-staffing in local public services impacts our communities. The story correctly points out that without workers, local governments and special districts struggle to provide crucial services such as safe drinking water, maintained roads and bridges, functioning public transit, properly staffed schools, and other vital functions like processing permits or administering social services.


Sac City Schools Classified Staff Went on Strike & Won Big!
Both SEIU 1021 and SCTA reached tentative agreements Sunday evening. The strike is now over.

“When we fight, we win! When we fights, students win!” was the mantra for the eight workdays (and twelve calendar days) of the Sacramento City Unified School District strike. Both classified staff–including school bus drivers, nutrition service workers, custodians, instructional aides, maintenance workers, and clerical staff–and teachers represented by Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) went on strike starting March 23.


Sac City Unified Schools Staff & Educators Strike
Here's What You Need to Know & Where to Go to Support!

SEIU 1021 members along with the educators of Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) have been on strike since Wednesday, March 23, as District management continues to ignore its role in its staffing crisis and negotiate a fair contract that will retain and recruit staff. 

Watch our 3/26/22 9:30am update on where negotiations stand here.


Read our most up-to-date press releases here


Delegates Reach Overwhelming Consensus on SEIU Local 1021’s Priorities at the 2021 Virtual Convention
Racial Justice, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice and Climate Action, Unions for All, Member Unity and Power, and Reclaiming Our Democracy

Delegates Reach Overwhelming Consensus on SEIU Local 1021’s Priorities at the 2021 Virtual Convention

Saturday, September 25, 538 voting delegates and rank and file members, staff, and guests showed up for the SEIU Local 1021 Virtual Convention for four hours of powerful talks from special guest speakers, discussion, and debate, as well as some entertainment and fun. The task before the voting delegates: to lay out the union’s priorities for the next three years.


When we fight, we win. We beat back the anti-union recall!

Last night, a threat to California’s democracy was thwarted. The California gubernatorial recall election failed. With almost eighty percent of the vote counted so far, nearly sixty-four percent of voters, rejected the right-wing, anti-union recall of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom.


Registration for the SEIU 1021 Virtual Convention for ALL members is now Closed!

Registration for All Members of 2021 Virtual Convention of SEIU 1021 ended on September 10.

The 2021 SEIU 1021 Convention is only weeks away, and we’ve been busy lining up dynamic speakers, engaging workshops, and an amazing program. Our convention platforms will focus on six key areas of our work: Economic Justice, Racial Justice, Climate Justice, Unions for All, Reclaiming Our Democracy, and Member Unity and Power. 


The Member Resource Center Portal is Live — Empowering Leaders and Members

Over the last two years, the MRC leaders and staff have been partnering with the I.T. Department to create the ultimate online resource for members and chapter leadership. Turning a conversation from a dream to reality,  we are very excited to announce that the Member Resource Center Portal is live and you can access your union now!


In San Francisco and Sacramento, thousands of union members take to the streets to celebrate International Workers’ Day

On May 1, people across the globe took to the streets to celebrate International Workers Day and champion causes to support unions and working people. In Northern California and across the country, May Day celebrations called for the passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which will empower workers to exercise our freedom to organize and negotiate for better wages and working conditions.


STRIKE AVERTED: Sac City USD workers reach 11th hour TA with management on health and safety standards

Classified workers at Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) have been negotiating with Superintendent Aguilar and the District for months to reach a fair baseline health and safety agreement that will protect students, workers, and the entire school community. 

Days before workers were set to participate in an Unfair Labor Practice, however, a marathon mediation session produced a tentative agreement between the two sides just before midnight on Monday, April 19.


Healthcare Workers Across Alameda County Vote to Accept a New Contract with Alameda Health System
“This struggle wasn't just for our members: it was for the community, for them to have a safe place, to have a safety-net hospital they can go to, where they can have confidence they will receive the proper care that they deserve.”

On Friday, April 9, more than 3,000 workers at Alameda Health System who are united in SEIU Local 1021 voted to accept the tentative agreement their elected bargaining team made with AHS negotiators, which ratifies the agreement and approves the new contract.