Issues & Legislation

SEIU 1021

RSVP – March for a Fair Budget Now, June 11
March & Rally in Sacramento for a Secure California Safety Net

SEIU members know that we can’t get the balanced budget we need if big corporations get out of paying their fair share while gutting the programs that serve us all, especially kids.

Gather with our community allies and SEIU members from across the state for a march and rally to share and defend our vision of a fair budget for all Californians NOW.

When: Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Location: California State Capitol / West Steps, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814


SEIU 1021 members lobby state legislators to protect workers and the environment

Last week, San Francisco resilience GIS analyst and SEIU 1021 member Alex Morrison joined other SEIU members from across California to rally in Sacramento. They advocated for lawmakers to invest in public sector approaches to fighting climate change.

He said, “Addressing climate change will take an unprecedented effort, to keep fossil fuels in the ground and fundamentally change how we approach people meeting their needs in our society.


“This is going to be huge”
California Supreme Court upholds Alameda County's Measure C, unlocking hundreds of millions of dollars for early health and education for children

On Wednesday, April 24 the California State Supreme Court upheld the validity of 2020’s Measure C, The Children’s Health and Child Care Initiative for Alameda County.

A major priority for SEIU 1021, Measure C passed in 2020 with overwhelming voter support after a coalition of community, labor, health, and early childhood stakeholders gathered over 57,000 signatures to qualify a ballot initiative.


Statement from SEIU 1021 President Theresa Rutherford on passage of San Francisco Proposition F

Media contact: Jennie Smith-Camejo, (510) 710-0201,

“SEIU Local 1021 filed an Unfair Practice Charge today. In the Unfair Practice Charge, we asked the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to void Proposition F on the ground that the City failed to provide the union prior notice or opportunity to bargain over the impacts of it before placing it on the ballot. We will also file a Request to Expedite, which asks PERB to put this case to the front of its queue due to the urgency of the matter.


Union members rally for Prop 1 with Gov. Newsom at SEIU 2015 in San Francisco
They then headed out to knock on doors and make calls to get out the vote.

On Monday, March 4, the eve of the primary election, members of SEIU 1021, SEIU 2015, building trades unions, and other unions filled SEIU 2015’s San Francisco union hall to rally for Proposition 1. The rally had a special guest: the ballot measure’s own author and chief proponent, Governor Gavin Newsom.

Proposition 1 would create a $6.4 billion bond that would pay for the construction of new treatment beds and housing for people struggling with mental health and severe substance abuse. 


SF union members brave rain to get out the vote for Prop B
Dozens of volunteers came to the Prop B campaign kickoff, then hit the streets to get the word out to voters

On a rain-soaked Saturday morning last weekend, dozens of volunteers–many of them union members–came together in the Richmond district in San Francisco. They were in sneakers and jackets, ready to brave the elements to get the word out to voters: San Francisco needs Prop B for public safety.


Victory for SF City workers: Budget-draining legislation neutralized by amendment requiring new funding
The Safer Smarter SF Coalition turned out again on Monday, Nov. 6, and pushed the Rules Committee to pass the amended version

Yesterday, Monday, November 6, San Francisco City and County workers and supporters once again packed the SF Board of Supervisors Rule Committee. This time, their goal was to push the committee to pass the version of the charter amendment introduced two weeks ago by Sup. Matt Dorsey containing Sup. Ahsha Safaí’s amendment to the full Board of Supervisors. And they won an important early victory: The amended version of the legislation passed 2-1, with only Sup. Dorsey voting against his own bill.


SEIU 1021 members host a statewide conference to build unity in the fight for climate justice

Last Saturday, November 4, more than 150 SEIU members from across California met in person at the SEIU 1021 San Francisco office and via Zoom for a Climate Justice Conference, hosted by SEIU Local 1021. 

President Theresa Rutherford welcomed members from SEIU 1021, 221, 721, 1000, 2015, and USWW, saying, “Climate change is not a phenomenon: It’s now a crisis, and it has been for a long time. It disproportionately affects Black and brown people, and that’s why SEIU 1021 has made this a priority.”


SEIU 1021, other SF unions speak out against proposed charter amendment that would decimate City budget
Union members flooded the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee meeting to make their voices heard

Monday, October 30, dozens of members of SEIU 1021, IFTPE Local 21, and San Francisco building trades unions filled the SF Board of Supervisors Rules Committee chambers to overflowing. One by one, they gave public comment protesting a charter amendment proposed by Supervisor Matt Dorsey that would decimate the City’s budget.


Senator Laphonza Butler visits SEIU 1021 members at San Francisco office
She held a meet-and-greet with members of SEIU 1021 and other unions and shared her story and vision

Senator Laphonza Butler visits SEIU 1021 members at San Francisco office

Members of SEIU 1021 and other unions were thrilled to get a surprise opportunity to meet the new U.S. Senator from California, Laphonza Butler, last Wednesday, October 11. The former president of SEIU 2015 who was appointed to the seat left empty by the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s passing came by the SEIU 1021 office in San Francisco for a meet-and-greet with labor leaders and activists.


Urgent action required: Urge Governor Newsom to sign SB 525 today!

Urgent action required: Urge Governor Newsom to sign SB 525 today!

Healthcare workers need your immediate help: getting Governor Newsom to sign SB 525. This bill holds the potential to bring significant improvements to the lives of California’s workers, including many of our own members.

SB 525 would set a minimum hourly wage of $25 for healthcare workers, recognizing the dedication of our healthcare heroes and addressing the pressing need for equitable wages as living costs continue to rise and the healthcare field continues to suffer from short staffing.


Good jobs, clean air, and statewide solidarity are on the agenda for SEIU’s Climate Conference

“We are facing an existential crisis, and that’s why we need to meet now, not in the future! I’m very excited to meet other SEIU members from all over California on November 4.” says Eddie Isaacs, a classified bargaining unit representative for consumer and environmental protection and chair of the SEIU Local 1000 Environmental Committee. He’s just one of the people who will be attending the SEIU Climate Conference on Saturday, November 4, and he hopes to see you there.


Honoring the legacy of the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein & welcoming incoming Sen. Laphonza Butler
Statement from SEIU 1021 President Theresa Rutherford

September 29, 2023, marked the end of an era with the passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein. A trailblazer for women, she was the first woman president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the first woman mayor of San Francisco before becoming the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from California. As a U.S. Senator, she was the first woman member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the first woman to chair the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and the first woman to chair the Senate Intelligence Committee. 


Join the SEIU Climate Summit
Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Whether we’re at home or work, all of us need to deal with our changing climate. This year, we’ve had a hot, dry summer, floods, fires, and even hurricane-strength storms hitting Los Angeles. It’s time for union action!

As union members, we’ve seen the power we have to make changes at our workplaces, and we’ve felt the impact we can make politically. At the SEIU Climate Summit, we’ll build the skills and connections we’ll need for our 200,000 SEIU members across California to take decisive action to protect ourselves and the environment we all inhabit.