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SEIU 1021

Hundreds of Alameda County workers and community members picket to say “Alameda County: STAFF UP NOW!”

On Monday, February 13, hundreds of Alameda County workers and community members rallied at Lake Merritt Amphitheater to protest the nearly 25% vacancy rate in the County, with 2,611 unfilled positions. The rally started with a moment of silence for Richard Valle, a longtime champion of labor and progressive causes across the East Bay, who recently passed away. The workers planted flags to represent the 2,611 vacancies, and marched to 1221 Oak St. to deliver a letter demanding the Board of Supervisors solve the staffing crisis.


“If nothing changes, there will be nobody left to do this work.”
In the face of Alameda County’s 2,611 vacant positions, county workers and community members will rally and picket Monday, February 13 at 11 a.m. at Lake Merritt Amphitheater (near 12th St. and Lake Merritt Blvd.)

Oakland, CA – To protest 2,611 vacant positions – nearly 25% of the entire County workforce – Alameda county workers and community members will picket on Monday, February 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Merritt Amphitheater in Oakland. The vacancy crisis, the workers say, is coupling with increased demands for services and causing dangerous backlogs in critical departments including Children and Family Services, Aging and Adult Services, Welfare Benefits Administration, Child Support Services, Healthcare Service, Mental Health Services, and WIC (Women, Infants and Children).


SEIU 1021 Congratulates Mike Hutchinson on Oakland Unified School District Board of Education Victory


Contact: Jennie Smith-Camejo,, (510) 710-0201

Statement from SEIU 1021 President Theresa Rutherford: “Late Wednesday, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters announced that SEIU 1021’s endorsed candidate for Oakland Unified School District Board of Education District 4, Mike Hutchinson, is the legitimate winner of that race. 


SFUSD Educators & Staff to Hold a “Spirited” Rally in Costume to Protest the Ongoing Payroll Nightmare
They are joining with students and families for a Halloween action outside the October 25 school board to call attention to the never-ending payroll and benefits issues


Contact: Jennie Smith-Camejo, (510) 710-0201,

SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Heading into Halloween, SFUSD teachers, classified staff, students, and families will be putting on costumes and lining up to haunt the school board–after calling the public’s attention to the 10-month nightmare that the EMPowerSF payroll system has caused at a spirited rally before the meeting.