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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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No Hate in Healthcare
Nurses Condemn U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Rule Enabling Discrimination in Healthcare Services

Today nurses, joined by community allies, gathered in front of SF General Hospital’s historic Ward 86—the first dedicated AIDS clinic in the country—to speak out against the Trump Administration’s “conscience in healthcare” rule. The rule allows healthcare providers, insurance companies, hospitals and pharmacies to refuse healthcare based on personal beliefs.

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Public Budgets that Lift Up Public Programs and Working Families

As cities, counties, schools, and other public agencies finalize their budgets, workers who provide vital services are speaking out and ensuring that elected officials are prioritizing programs that put working families first.

At budget forums across city, Oakland workers are standing up to tell City Council members that homelessness, affordable housing, and cleaner, safer streets are priorities for everyone who lives and works in the city, and that these problems demand restored staffing and funding levels.

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Standing Up for a City for All

City Workers, Housing Advocates and Gig Workers March from San Francisco City Hall to Uber Headquarters to Deliver Message for Gig Companies to Stop Shortchanging Public Services

In a city as absurdly rich as San Francisco, there is no reason for thousands of families to be left behind. The City is experiencing unprecedented wealth. Last year alone, city revenues were up to more than $10 Billion.

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Workers Speak Out to Stop the Abuse of Temporary, At-Will Workers

On April 4th at SF City Hall, over 75 members of SEIU 1021 and IFPTE Local 21 lined up for public comment to ask the SF Board of Supervisors Government Audit & Oversight Committee to stop the abuse of temporary and exempt workers city workers. Temporary and exempt workers lack job security, and most workers have fewer benefits and protections.

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Stopping the Privatization of Public Housing

“We’re more than workers of the Housing Authority. Many of us are former residents. This isn’t just a job for us. It’s our community. We owe it to the residents who are struggling to get by to fight for it,” said Carol Homes who works as an eligibility worker at the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) “Handing it over to some private organization isn’t the answer.”

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Sonoma County Workers Fight for a Fair Contract

Tuesday, March 12th, hundreds of Sonoma County workers gathered for a rally and swarmed the County Administration building where members of the Board of Supervisors were meeting regarding the contract negotiations.

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Oakland Teachers Ratify a Contract and End Historic 7-Day Strike

On Sunday, March 3rd, members of Oakland Educators Association (OEA) voted to approve a contract that gets teachers on the path to better raises and smaller class sizes. The contract ratification ended a 7-day strike that united the community.

Teachers, classified workers, and students continue to speak out against the District’s cuts to programs and staff. Hundreds of students, joined by community allies, filled the Board meeting on March 4th.

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Workers Take to the Streets to Disrupt Inequality

Across the country, workers are rising up to hold leaders and corporations to account for starving and dismantling public services and public school districts. In Northern California, our members in San Francisco and Oakland have taken to the streets tofight for working families and our communities.

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Highland Hospital Nurse at Tonight’s State of the Union Address

SEIU 1021 member and Highland oncology nurse Maria Mendoza Sanchez will join Congress tonight at the State of the Union address . In 2017 Maria was deported by the Trump administration and torn away from her children. After a grueling time in Mexico, she applied for a skilled worker visa, and was recently accepted for return home to the United States. 
 
Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee invited Maria to be her guest at tonight’s address to bring to light the negative impact of the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies. 
 

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Mendocino College Workers Stand Up for Community Needs Over Administrators’ Greed
Top college district administrators keep wages down, while inflating their own salaries.

On January 24, Mendocino Lake Community College District (MLCCD) Classified and Temporary workers picketed at the college campus in Ukiah to protest unnecessary takeaways, including workers’ ability to use earned time off in cases of extended illness or injury. 

Top administrators have inflated their own salaries while trying to hold down wages for faculty and staff, and replace good jobs with temporary positions that lack benefits.

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End the Government Shutdown

America is the land of opportunity, a loving and accepting country where families come first and people who are seeking safety in our country are treated with compassion. 

SEIU members have rallied from Sacramento to Washington, D.C. to stand up for these values and to call on the President and Congress to respect the priorities of working people and reopen the government. 

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From LA to Oakland, California is #RedforEd

Yesterday, 32,000 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teachers went on strike for the first time in nearly three decades. Walking on rain-soaked picket lines, thousands of parents, students, and allies joined teachers in our country’s second-largest school district to speak out against austerity measures and increased privatization in our public school system. 
 

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Child Care Center to Be Built for SEIU 1021 City Workers
Affordable, Accessible Child Care Plan Moves Forward

During our last contract negotiations, the City tried to go back on its word and informed us that they would not provide the child care center that our contracts, both Citywide and RNs, had included.

We took action to enforce our contracts and hold the City accountable. We filed grievances and, in arbitration, the City was found to have violated our contract.

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Nonprofit and Homecare Workers Speak Out and Win 

Earlier today dozens of workers who provide care services to seniors, children, people with disabilities, and the homeless testified before the SF Board of Supervisors and moved them to raise wages under the city’s Minimum Compensation Ordinance.  

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AHS Workers Rally to Stop Patient Care Cuts

Alameda Health System (AHS) employees took their fight for better patient care to the streets in front of the joint meeting of the AHS Board of Trustees and Alameda County Board of Supervisors on September 25. Workers from Highland Hospital, Fairmont Hospital, John George Psychiatric Pavilion, Wellness Centers, and more joined community allies to stand against patient care cuts proposed by AHS administrators.