Superior Court of Alameda County
On Tuesday, May 14, court workers from throughout the state met
with fellow SEIU members to talk to elected officials about the
need to continue to devote funds to courts most in
need. Court workers encouraged elected officials to make sure
those who interact with the courts obtain fair,
equitable, and timely access to services. To do this, elected
officials must invest in court hours, staff adequately, and
provide reasonable pay to retain dedicated, experienced
Sandy Walden, a court reporter at Contra Costa Courts explained why she and her coworkers decided to come to Sacramento to speak directly to legislators, “Elected officials need to hear directly from us and the issues that confront us everyday. They need to see and hear the people whose lives they impact with the policies they pass or deny.”
Workers also spoke to elected officials and their staff about closing the pay gap in the trial court industry. Court reporters provide a necessary service to our judicial system, maintaining not only the record, but the sanctity of court proceedings. Court Reporters, which consists of a predominantly female workforce, have not received an increase in their statutorily set transcript rate in 30 years. It is time to close the gender pay gap.
When Will the Court Withdraw Their Offensive Concessionary Proposals?
Bargaining Update for Dec. 14, 2021
“We’re making some progress at the bargaining table,” says Chapter President Kasha Clarke, “But we still have a long way to go.”
After more rounds of meetings, the Court still has not withdrawn any of their insulting concessionary proposals, which would take away things our members need, like binding arbitration, the ability to request transfers, the soft vacation cap, our ability to go on sympathy strike to support other working people fighting for their rights, and even our ability to take unpaid leave time instead of using all our sick time.
Your elected bargaining team has met multiple times with management: the court reporters six times and the general unit five times. Our team has made common-sense proposals that will improve wages and working conditions and expand our ability to fulfill the Court’s mission of bringing justice to the community. Management’s response has been completely inadequate, including multiple attacks on our union rights.
So far, management’s proposals include:
2021 Chapter Board & Bargaining Team Elections Election Notice & Method of Nominations
Alameda Courts, SEIU Local 1021 Chapter
These elections shall determine Chapter Board Officers and Bargaining Team members as follows:
Chapter Board Officers
The term of office shall be for two (2) years.
- Vice President
- Chief Steward
- COPE Coordinator
The term of the appointment shall be for the duration of negotiation.
This year, the SEIU 1021 Member Convention is going virtual. Our goal is to bring our members together for a day of celebration, acknowledgment, and organizing around economic, climate, and racial justice.
Join your fellow SEIU 1021 members on Thursday, April 22, 2021, for a series of rallies and unity breaks to fight back against potential layoffs and furloughs for Alameda County Superior Courts workers.
LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Where: 1225 Fallon Street, Oakland CA
ECHOJ Unity Break
Where: 5151 Gleason Drive, Dublin CA
When: Noon – 2pm
HHJ 24405 Unity Break
Advocating for Justice in Our Courts
This spring court workers flooded the halls of our state capital to advocate for those seeking justice.
As court workers and advocates for our communities, we know access to justice is directly tied to income. In the trial court system, when court reporters are not provided, only the wealthy can afford to hire a reporter. Low-income workers, juggling multiple jobs, are unable access justice due to restricted public hours and closed facilities. People who cannot afford money bail often sit awaiting a court date resulting in a loss of income to their household.
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