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Courts Workers Storm Sacramento

On Tuesday, May 14, court workers from throughout the state met with fellow SEIU members to talk to elected officials about the need to continue to devote funds to courts most in need. Court workers encouraged elected officials to make sure those who interact with the courts obtain fair, equitable, and timely access to services. To do this, elected officials must invest in court hours, staff adequately, and provide reasonable pay to retain dedicated, experienced workers.
 
Sandy Walden, a court reporter at Contra Costa Courts explained why she and her coworkers decided to come to Sacramento to speak directly to legislators, “Elected officials need to hear directly from us and the issues that confront us everyday. They need to see and hear the people whose lives they impact with the policies they pass or deny.”
 
Workers also spoke to elected officials and their staff about closing the pay gap in the trial court industry. Court reporters provide a necessary service to our judicial system, maintaining not only the record, but the sanctity of court proceedings. Court Reporters, which consists of a predominantly female workforce, have not received an increase in their statutorily set transcript rate in 30 years. It is time to close the gender pay gap.

 

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Across Northern California, SEIU 1021 members stand in solidarity with the #StrikeForBlackLives

On Monday, July 20, our members in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Sacramento joined tens of thousands of workers nationwide in more than 25 cities in solidarity with the #StrikeForBlackLives.

Our union has a vision for a just society where all workers are valued and all people respected, no matter where they are from or the color of their skin. All families deserve to thrive in a more just and equitable but until Black communities and other communities of color can thrive, none of our communities truly can. 

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Pride Roundtable Discussion 2020: Queer Uprisings Against Police Brutality of the Past, Mirror the Uprisings of Today

To commemorate PRIDE month, SEIU 1021 members hosted a live virtual roundtable discussion with LGBTQ superstars on June 30.  The event was broadcasted on the SEIU 1021 Facebook page and kicked-off by Jennifer Esteen, SF DPH RN and SEIU 1021Organizing VP, who set the tone by reflecting how queer rebellions of the past, mirror the uprisings of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
 

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Oakland’s Mayor Takes Cuts and Concessions off the Table

On Friday, June 19, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff announced she would not implement cuts to jobs and services. After a long-fought campaign, our members beat back the Mayor’s attack. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Oakland administration claimed that their budget was broken, and the only way they could fix it was by slashing services to public, cutting the hours of the city’s so-called ‘temporary, part-time’ workforce, and possible mass layoffs of permanent workers. 

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SEIU 1021 Members Lead Powerful Racial Justice Roundtable

In the wake of the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbrey, SEIU 1021 members hosted a powerful Racial Justice Roundtable discussion on June 9. This deeply personal conversation was intended to create space for us to process, provide support, and discuss what’s happening in our communities and what we can do in this moment.

You can watch a full recording of the event on the SEIU 1021 Facebook Page or on Vimeo.

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A statement from SEIU 1021 President Joseph Bryant

A statement from SEIU 1021 President Joseph Bryant:
Brothers, Sisters and SEIU Family,

I sit down to write this with a heavy heart, a grieved soul and sheer anger running through my veins as I watch the video of George Floyd being murdered by the police. It is yet another of many disturbing illustrations of how unbridled structural racism in this country means that a Black person cannot jog, drive, stand in front of a store, play with toys or even bird watch without facing death or the threat of death.

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Uber and Lyft Drivers Organize Caravan Outside Uber HQ

App-based drivers across California and the nation are struggling to work safely and make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why on Monday, immediately following Uber’s virtual shareholders meeting, SEIU 1021 members joined SF Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and our union siblings from the SF Labor Council in supporting rideshare drivers with the We Drive Progress driver advocacy group during their caravan. 

For nearly an hour, over a hundred cars circled Uber’s HQ on Market Street, with drivers honking and chanting through their windows. 

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New County Child Welfare Services executive order

The Governor of California signed a new executive order regarding Child Welfare Services. It will allow county child welfare agencies and probation departments to perform necessary functions using alternative processes other than face-to-face interactions. This includes allowance for a 60-day waiver to allow for flexibility in the emergency placement of foster youth and ensures that foster youth have access to critical programs and technology by verifying foster care status for foster youth and wards of the juvenile court whose cases are pending.

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Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aides (HHAs)

The California Department of Public Health has issued a waiver for certification renewals of Home Health Aides. Home health Aides do not need to renew their certification until the end of the declared emergency. 

This also applies to HHAs who have an expired certification, so that they can work if their certification expired within the last 2 years. 

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SF Chronicle Profiles Eight SEIU 1021 RNs in honor of Nurses Week

In honor of Nurses week, the San Francisco Chronicle profiled seven SEIU 1021 members battling coronavirus on both sides of the Bay Area on May 6.

The work done by every SEIU 1021 member has kept our communities safer and healthier, and the media has noticed. Many of our stories are countless, and often undisclosed in the media, but now thanks to you–our stories are going around the world. 

Please share their stories published in San Francisco Chronicle with your co-workers and join the fight for #ProtectAllWorkers. 

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San Joaquin County Members Win Extension in Fight to Stop Clinic Closures

San Joaquin County Supervisors held a hearing today to explore closing two health clinics that serve more than 6,000 patients in predominantly minority and low-income communities.  The County’s push to close health facilities during the current COVID-19 pandemic alarmed residents across the county – including SEIU 1021 members who decided to fight back.  

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As the Coronavirus Threat Looms, Registered Nurses, Healthcare Workers Fight To Protect San Francisco

On March 5, hundreds of public healthcare workers rallied at a press conference and testified at a hearing at SF City Hall. Registered nurses, doctors, social workers urged the Board of Supervisors to boost staffing and provide safer working conditions at San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) facilities.

Workers made their case: San Francisco needs more registered nurses and support staff, expedite hiring, more violence and disaster training, and include workers in decisions affecting their work. 

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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.

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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.