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.
After months of negotiating in the midst of a global pandemic, SEIU 1021 members at the City of Berkeley have reached a tentative agreement (TA) with City management. Like so many SEIU 1021 members have experienced since the COVID-19 outbreak began, workers in Berkeley were fighting to protect vital City services, ensure workplace safety, and safeguard jobs.
On Juneteenth, over 38,000 union dockyard workers shut down ports across the Pacific Coast ports in protest of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. SEIU 1021 members were proud to participate in one the largest actions seen so far in solidarity with the nationwide protests against police brutality.
How does Oakland Public Library spending compare to Oakland Police Department?
Amy Martin, 13-year City of Oakland Library Worker and SEIU 1021 member, outlines the high price of the police budget compared to the library budget.
Dear Mayor Schaaf, Council Member Thao, and Council Member Kaplan: I am a resident of District 4 and a City of Oakland employee. I am writing to you as a concerned Oakland resident. For the past 13 years, I have had the honor of working for the Oakland Public Library.
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.
SEIU 1021 Racial Justice Action: Taking a Knee for Change – Say Their Names ACTION & MARCH
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10:00 am in SF
An action for the unjust murders by Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor & George Floyd and all at the hands of Police. Taking place Saturday June 6th at Candlestick park, SF . March starts at corner of Harney Way & Hunters point expressway at 10am. Facebook event link is here
Words by SEIU 1021 President Joseph Bryant
The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud
Arbrey are painful reminders of why our union committed in 2016
to becoming an antiracist organization and tackling anti-Black
racism. There can be no justice without racial justice.
As Oakland’s strength is being tested by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Libby Schaaf has attacked city workers. First, she issued pre-emptive layoff notices to a thousand so-called “temporary, part-time” workers, many of whom have worked for Oakland for years. Then, she proposed weeks of furlough days and postponing wage increases. At the same time, she was busy appointing her cronies to high-paid positions in the City Administrator’s office.
As the impending economic impact the COVID-19 outbreak will have on our communities comes into focus, we have seen many employers already calling for cuts to services and staff. We know there are difficult times ahead, but many of our communities have not yet fully recovered from the last recession. Cutting services further and not safeguarding against privatization would be devastating for millions, including SEIU 1021 members.
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.
Workers keeping our public spaces clean and sanitary at hospitals, schools, local government office spaces, buses, BART to our city streets are being hailed as heroes. Cleaners, janitors, housekeepers, environment service workers, and garbage collectors are typically among the lowest paid and have tough jobs.
As Trans-Inclusive Clinic Confirms Closure, Advocates Rally For Emergency Funds From The City to Keep It Open
The emergency funding from the City will ensure the survival of the one of few clinics providing gender-affirming care
On March 12, more than 150 nurses, providers, supporters held a
rally to demand the City of San Francisco provide $1.4 million in
emergency supplemental funding to stabilize Lyon-Martin and
the Women’s Community Clinic, a trans-inclusive primary care
clinic in the Mission.
Clinic staff was informed by administrators of HealthRIGHT 360 that they were moving the services of Lyon-Martin and the Women’s Community Clinic from the 1735 Mission St. location to HealthRIGHT 360’s main headquarters, at 1563 Mission Street.
On March 11, employees of Oakland’s Mills College voted
overwhelmingly to form a union. Nearly 95% of the votes cast were
YES votes. Staff members unite with the adjunct facility in
SEIU 1021 to improve student learning and working conditions at
the college. Adjunct faculty voted to join SEIU 1021
County Workers Take A Stand for San Joaquin Residents in Two-Day Strike
As community suffers from systemic neglect of services by the Board of Supervisors, thousands of workers fight back against the Board’s illegal refusal to bargain
Thousands of San Joaquin County workers from several selected County departments participated in the strike, including Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services, Substance Abuse Services, the Department of Child Support Services, and San Joaquin General Hospital. Registered Nurses at the County hospital who are members of the California Nurses Association (CNA) also participated in this week’s strike over growing concerns regarding rampant short staffing.
On February 3, SEIU 1021 members joined the California Labor Federation and Uber and Lyft drivers from the We Drive Progress coalition for lobby day in Sacramento.
On January 18, hundreds of thousands of women and allies hit the streets across the United States and the world. The 2020 Women’s March a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists and organizers.
On December 15, SEIU 1021 members joined with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), the Sacramento City Teachers Association, and others to launch our effort in Sacramento to talk to voters and get Schools & Communities First on the November 2020 ballot.
On Friday, December 13 SEIU 1021 members at the Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) ratified a new four-year agreement.
On the heels of a successful strike authorization vote, SEIU 1021 members at La Clínica de la Raza turned up the heat in their fight for a contract by holding a powerful unity break outside their offices on Wednesday, November 27.
“For tens of thousands of families across Northern California, we are one of the only options people have for the health care they desperately need,” said Angel Valdez, Layout Graphic Designer and La Clínica SEIU 1021 Chapter President.
When Alameda Health System began notifying people of layoffs, workers knew how damaging it would be for patient care across the County’s hospitals and health services—and they began organizing to take action at the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting.
Flanked by over 30 coworkers and supporters in scrubs and purple union shirts, EVS worker Donn DesBoine told the AHS Board of Trustees at their September meeting, “Sometimes there’s one housekeeper to a floor…If the layoffs happen, there’s no care for infection control…[and] the patients are going to be affected.”