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North Coast News – April 2021
Check out what SEIU 1021 members are working on from Marin to Del Norte County!

Welcome to the inaugural issue of our new North Coast Newsletter! Each month, we’ll be collecting stories on the exciting and important work being done by SEIU 1021 members from Marin to Del Norte County and everywhere in between. In next month’s issue, we’ll be unveiling our brand new North Coast logo, which we’re excited to share with everyone in the region, too!


March 24th Was Equal Pay Day, the Day Women Catch Up with What Men Made in the Previous Year

March 24th Was Equal Pay Day, the Day Women Catch Up with What Men Made in the Previous Year

This past Wednesday, March 24th, was Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day is a reminder of the work that remains to advance equity and ensure that all Americans can reach their full potential. Equal Pay Day was established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity. This year marks the 25th year the occasion has been observed, but in 25 years, the pay gap Has shrunk by just eight cents. This day is symbolic of how far into this year women must work to catch up to what men made in the previous year. 


Is Union Power Coming Back to the National Labor Relations Board?

As workers in the public sector, we have to pay attention to politics. In elections, we have the opportunity to vote for our bosses, choosing the politicians who shape our working lives and fund the jobs we do.

Less than half an hour into Joe Biden’s term as president, he demanded that General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Peter Robb resign.  When Robb did not resign, Biden fired him, and followed it up the next day by letting go Alice Stock, who had been the Deputy General Counsel.


“We want COVID leave and better protection. We want to be respected as people.”
On Dr. King's Birthday, Fast Food Workers Went on Strike for Safe Working Conditions, a Federal $15 Minimum Wage, and a Union

Maria Sabina stands in front of the McDonald's location she works at on Friday, January 15, 2021.

January 15, 2021 – On the birthday of beloved Civil Rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., fast-food workers in Oakland and Sacramento California banned together with fast-food workers in 15 cities across the country to strike for safe working conditions, fight for a $15 federal minimum wage, and a union. 


Fighting for Workers’ Rights in a New Political Era

SEIU 1021 President Joseph Bryant.

On January 6, 2021, as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and news feeds began to flood with reports of unruly crowds and violence erupting at the nation’s Capitol, our President Joseph Bryant promptly shared a bold public statement written in real-time. Here is an excerpt of his powerful statement:

“We are witnessing an assault on our people, an assault on democracy, and an assault on our country. The racist, divisive lies fomented by President Trump have turned into a full-on coup attempt. This is not who we are.”

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We Honor the Memory of Theresa Breakfield

With a heavy heart, we share the news that Theresa Breakfield, a longtime SEIU 1021 union member, community leader, and political activist passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 due to complications of COVID-19.

Theresa Breakfield was a committed member of our union who served first as a member of the SEIU 1021 Executive Board Budget and Finance Committee, representing Region E (Amador, Calaveras and San Joaquin Counties). She later served as the San Joaquin County Area Representative on the SEIU 1021 Executive Board until she retired in April of 2017.


44 Years Strong – We Salute Henrietta Lee for Her Service and Dedication

44 years ago, Henrietta Lee started her journey working for the city of San Francisco as a Senior Clerk Typist at Youth Guidance Center and she has never looked back. Wearing many hats and serving thousands of community members over the years, Henrietta has carved a special place in the hearts of her colleagues and the youth she impacted.


SEIU 1021 members join SF teachers outside of the Bank of America building in support of Prop 15 and to demand that Trump stop funneling $11 million out of our communities each  year through property tax loopholes

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48 Hills: Teachers, nurses, students rally for Prop. 15

SEIU 1021 members join SF teachers outside of the Bank of America building in support of Prop 15 and to demand that Trump stop funneling $11 million out of our communities each year through property tax loopholes


Making Our Voices Heard: Voting and Voting by Mail in 2020

This year has been a challenge for all of us. It being an election year on top of everything else may feel like an added burden, but it is actually an opportunity for working people to get ahead, an opportunity we can’t afford to miss.

Since voting by mail is safe and convenient, the governor has ordered that a ballot be mailed to every voter this year. This means that if you are registered to vote with your correct address, you will receive a ballot in the mail. It is easy to check your status online at registertovote.ca.gov/


Students, Alums, Staff, and Adjunct Faculty Rally at California College of the Arts to Protest Unfairness, Financial Mismanagement and Cuts to Student Services

More than a year ago, staff workers at California College of the Arts overwhelmingly voted to form a union. These roughly 150 workers provide a wide range of student services at the school, from clerical and IT work to library staffers and artists in the school’s studios. Since their ratification vote in April of 2019, these staffers have worked to bargain their first contract with CCA administration.


Internship for Leader Development
Submission Deadline is March 26th!

We are now accepting applications for the second quarter of 2021

SEIU Local 1021’s Internship for Leader Development is looking for energetic and motivated members who are committed to working for social and racial justice, believe in the value of work, the democratic process, and the importance of public services. This program will train and mobilize members who want to unleash their leadership potential.


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.