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With help from SEIU 1021 clinic workers, another victory for SB 1014
SB 1014 will provide community clinic workers livable wages and a voice on the job.

Last Tuesday, June 28, marked another milestone for SB 1014, a bill that will ensure that community clinics have the necessary funding to improve patient care and raise clinic worker wages to at least $25/hour and make sure clinic workers have a stronger voice in making improvements and more training opportunities to further their careers.

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SEIU Local 1021 President Joseph Bryant speaks about the fight for fast-food workers’ rights on national Our Revolution broadcast

If unionizing your workplace is anything, it is a revolutionary act that unites us across racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and class lines. Last week Our Revolution, the progressive political action organization spun out of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, hosted an organizing call titled Building Worker Power. SEIU Local 1021 President Joseph Bryant, speaking alongside fast-food workers, members of the Communications Workers of America, and U.S.

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Workers at Maryland Apple Store become the first to unionize in the United States

The wave of new organizing continues! Apple’s retail store workers at Maryland’s Towson Town Center sealed a historic win last week, becoming the only U.S. workers in the company’s 46 years to gain the right to labor representation. The final vote tally showed 65 of the store’s 112 eligible workers voted in favor of unionization and 33 against. The workers initially organized into a group called the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees before working with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union to reach victory.

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The fight for worker power is the fight for LGBTQIA+ justice

The high-profile worker-organizing campaigns at Amazon, Starbucks, and most recently Apple signal a resurgence of the labor movement. Across the country, workers are rising up to fight back against unsafe workplace conditions, unfair labor practices, and a system that values profit over the health and wellbeing of its people. The reinvigorated movement is driven particularly by younger people, who are also carrying the torch of the fight for justice for LGBTQIA+ people.

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Napa County workers speak out on staffing crisis at board of supervisors meeting
The County currently has a 20% vacancy rate that is decimating service delivery and fueling burnout

Dozens of Napa County workers gathered at the administration building this morning to speak out at the Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting about how understaffing in critical departments is hurting residents. Workers called on the county elected officials to commit to filling the hundreds of vacancies that are already budgeted for while using the county’s budget surplus to expand public services and invest in good-paying, permanent, county jobs that serve our residents.

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With the June primary behind us, we look toward the general election in November and plan to support pro-worker candidates

The work of best representing our members takes place on a number of levels. There are contract negotiations, grievances, and sometimes even strikes. We have legal battles and fights to protect our rights in the courts. We organize new members into the union to protect the standards we set in bargaining and raise the bar for everyone. And then there is politics and the work we do at election time.

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STRIKE: Fast-food workers statewide fight to win FAST Recovery Act

On Thursday, June 9, 2022, Fast-food workers across California served up an order or worker rights. From San Diego to Los Angeles and Oakland to Sacramento, fast-food workers walked off the job and into the streets. Their demand? Have California state senators pass Assembly Bill 257 – the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act or FAST Recovery Act, and have Governor Gavin Newsom sign it into law.

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Mendocino County Workers Rally at Board of Supervisors Meeting to Demand Action on Staffing Crisis

Overworked child protective service workers are unable to follow up on reports of abuse and neglect in a timely manner. Public works employees are unable to keep up with important infrastructural work like filling potholes. Eligibility workers are too short-staffed to keep pace with the volume of applications for food stamps and other safety-net services desperately needed in a county with a poverty rate of over 14%. These are the costs to the residents of Mendocino County of the County’s staffing crisis.

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SF RN Worksite Meetings & Ratification Details

Our Registered Nurse bargaining team has signed a Tentative Agreement (TA) for a new RN contract with the City and County of San Francisco. The TA includes progress on many of the priorities identified by members and your elected bargaining team: recruitment and retention of nurses, chronic understaffing, safety, and over-reliance on temps and travelers.

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Adjunct faculty and lecturers at Santa Clara University will vote on whether to form their union

Adjunct faculty and lecturers at Santa Clara University, a private Jesuit university in Silicon Valley, have been working to organize a non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty union for five years. After years of organizing, adjuncts and lecturers are currently voting in their long-awaited union election. Nevertheless, after years of organizing and union-busting, NTT faculty at Santa Clara are currently voting in their long-awaited union election.

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Last chance to vote for leaders who will stand with working people!
Today is Election Day. Make sure to return your ballot before 8pm.

This is it. For months, and especially over the past few weeks, you have heard a lot from SEIU 1021 about the importance of today’s primary election. We have an excellent shot at making sure candidates who uphold our values, are committed to improving conditions in our communities, and are accountable to working people like us — not big corporations — are on the November ballot.

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June 7 Primary Volunteer Opportunities

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: 

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It’s time we fight and win at the ballot box
SEIU Local 1021 members actively participating the political process to win real change in and out of the workplace

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.

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Zone 7 Water Agency Workers Stick Together and Win!

Workers at the Zone 7 Water Agency are responsible for providing flood protection and safe drinking water for the Livermore-Amador Valley. Recently, their bargaining team, including Tom Hempill, Alfonso Espinoza, and Mike Garguilo, went through wage negotiations with management, securing a three-year deal, with Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) of 6% in the first year, 5% in the second, and 4% in the third. They also proposed doubling the boot allowance to $400 for a number of classifications, but that is still pending a closed session of the Board on June 15.

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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.