Below are a list of volunteer opportunities across Northern California in the coming weeks. Please scroll left-to-right on the table to see volunteer opportunities for the full week.
How to set up an account for virtual phone banking
We are hosting an open Zoom room 6 days a week, staffed by the Political department. You may log on Sunday – Friday at 5 pm for training and support:
Clinic workers score big victory as SB 1014 clears state senate
The California state senate passed the bill to increase funding and workers' voice on the job after a successful lobby day SEIU 1021 members took part in
Last Monday, May 23, community clinic workers — including SEIU 1021 members, members of other locals, and unorganized workers from around the state — flooded Sacramento. They spoke with state lawmakers about the importance of community clinics, which care for one out of six Californians and provide both general and specialized care to vulnerable populations. They also shared how chronic underfunding, combined with the stresses of the pandemic, have led to burnout and short-staffing and have harmed patient care.
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:
The election is on! Mullissa Willette, the First Vice President of SEIU Local 521, is the choice for public-sector workers.
This year, workers whose retirement benefits are governed by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System will have an opportunity to vote for a new member of the Board of Administration. This is a crucial election, as Board members are responsible for setting employer contribution rates, determining investment asset allocations, providing actuarial valuations, and much more.
A hostile, anti-labor president, a cadre of millionaires and billionaires attacking workers across the country, Janus v. AFSCME, wildfires blazing up and down California, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, a continuing onslaught of police brutality and white supremacy, an insurrection to overthrow a democratic vote at the U.S. capital, the last Executive Board of SEIU Local 1021 saw a world turn upside down. Yet, through it all, our union survived.
Image courtesy of SB Workers United on Twitter.
In recent months, momentum has been growing among workers at Starbucks locations across the country who are fired up and fighting for a union to have a stronger voice at work.
Under a new policy from the Department of Education, if you work fulltime in the public sector (for a city, county, or other governmental organization or a non-profit that provides a designated public service, including early childhood education and public health), you may be eligible to have your federal student loans canceled. However, you must take action soon: the new policy states that you must apply before October 31, 2022.
“Today, a jury in Georgia found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan Jr. guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. This conviction gets right what our justice system too often gets wrong by affirming the right of Black people and people of color to live free from intimidation, violence, and murder.
“Today I join our community in grieving a massive loss. Wilma Chan has passed away, taken from us far too soon.
She spent her life in service to her community, as an Alameda County Supervisor and in the California State Assembly. She was a beacon for the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community, as our state’s first Asian-American Assembly Majority Leader. She was a dedicated and tenacious advocate for healthcare, affordable housing, families, our elders, and our children.
Caring about CalPERS: An interview with SEIU Local 1021 Retirement Security Committee Chair Cynthia Landry
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) manages pension and health care benefits for slightly over two million California public employees, retirees, and their families. Nearly one-third of CalPERS members are retirees receiving a monthly allowance from the pension and health care benefits system.
Cynthia Landry, the chair of the SEIU Local 1021 Retirement Security Committee, speaks about the importance of CalPERS, particularly on the diversity of its governing Board of Administration, and supporting labor:
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.
North Coast News – August 2021
Check out what SEIU 1021 members are working on from Marin to Del Norte County!
All over the North Coast region, members and chapter leaders have been taking our fights to the boss, advocating for better wages, safer working conditions, and increased benefit support from their employers.
Keep reading to see what’s new up and down California’s North Coast this month for SEIU 1021 members.
Upcoming Meeting Calendar
According to recent polling, if the election to recall Governor Gavin Newsom were held today, he would lose. Without a worker-friendly governor in office, our jobs would be in jeopardy, and our communities would be left with less of the support they need.
Too many of our friends, co-workers, and family members aren’t taking this recall election seriously. You can help stand up for good, union jobs and services for our communities no matter where you live or work.
Managing pension and health benefits for more than 1.6 million California public employees, retirees, and their families, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is the largest public pension fund in the United States. At the top of the CalPERS executive branch agency is the Board of Administration.
If you’ve shown up at an SEIU 1021 strike, you’ve probably seen Scabby the Rat, a giant inflatable rodent looming over the crowd and showing everybody with eyes that there’s a rat inside the building. For years, on strike lines and other labor movement actions, Scabby has symbolized a bad boss inside and a fighting union outside.
In the nineteen-thirties and forties, it was the labor movement that brought the United States, and the world, out of the Great Depression. Only a decade ago, it was millions of working-class people that saved the U.S. and the world from the worst of the Great Recession.
Now, COVID-19 has revealed the structural inequalities about how our profit-first society runs. The pandemic has laid bare the injustice we see in race, class, gender, ethnicity, and more. It has also exposed the indifference to human suffering that is endemic to a system that favors the few over the many.
“Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.”
–U.S. Representative John Lewis, Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama, March 1, 2020
Every three years, the leadership of SEIU 1021 organizes a convention where members gather, build community, and lay the foundation for our organizing in the years to come. You can learn more about this year’s convention at 1021convention.org.
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
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.
Every three years, the leadership and staff at SEIU 1021 organize a member convention where we gather, build community, and lay the foundation for organizing in the years to come. This year, we’re going virtual with the same intention and goal to bring our members and leaders together for a day of celebration, acknowledgment, and organizing around economic, climate, and racial justice.