Last year was bittersweet; there was significant turmoil as well many triumphs. The plight of Black African Americans reached the World’s stage and our local answered the call to fight for justice while stating proudly that ‘Black Lives Matter’.
Our Social and Economic Justice (SEJ) Committee has put together a month-long program to celebrate the history and contributions of Africans Americans through virtual symposiums. Come join us during this time of renewal to celebrate greatness with us, and to nurture a new age of prosperity and hope.
“This is why we exist, to protect our members, to protect working people”
SEIU 1021 President Joseph Bryant Reflects on 2020
Check out a recap of the many victories our union won in 2020 by clicking here.
“The time is now” could not be a more fitting idiom to describe the spirit and intensity of a particularly unforgettable year. From unsafe working conditions, PPE shortages, and racial injustices, to a substantial political season, on top of COVID-19 – this year was a challenge.
We are frontline workers of every race and background across Northern California, keeping our communities fed, clean, safe, and healthy. Every worker is essential and so are our votes. While we may not yet know the results of every election, we did our part by getting active and getting out the vote.
Now, just like in every election year, we need to elect candidates and pass measures that will protect those vital services and honor our work. But this year, the stakes are higher than they have ever been.
We understand the importance of winning the economic, racial, environmental, and immigrant justice that we all deserve. That is why we participate in the political process by volunteering and voting for these endorsements to help elect candidates and pass measures that bring us closer to that goal.
Make a difference: Volunteer Now!
It is Election Day! Volunteer to get the vote out locally, and in the battleground state of Nevada– where early voting numbers are lower than expected.
We are asking members to participate in phone banking and other outreach initiatives to help us elect candidates who will fight for us and pass measures that will benefit working families.
Text and Call Voters
Sign up and volunteer now to help get out the vote locally! Visit SEIU1021.org/Volunteer for more information.
- Click the links below to see what candidates and measures SEIU 1021 members have endorsed for the November 2020 elections (NOTE: if you see a “read more” message below the links, you’ll need to click that in order for the navigation to function):
For years, the importance of a robust social safety net and the need for the critical public services like those provided by members of our union has become more clear than ever.
We are on the frontlines in our communities and know the importance of protecting public services in the face of projected budget shortfalls. That is why it is so important for us to do everything in our power before November to pass Proposition 15, also known as Schools and Communities First.
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 November 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.
As part of this process, SEIU 1021 members participate in a democratic process where we interview and vet candidates, examine their positions on the issues, and discuss how those candidates will help working families if elected.
Click the region where you live or work to see who SEIU 1021 members have endorsed in the November 2020 elections:
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:
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