The Purple Buzz – June 16, 2011

June 16, 2011

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Quick Quiz

June 19 is “Juneteenth.”

What is Juneteenth?

a. A holiday honoring African American heritage

b. The beginning of the summer solstice

c. A holiday in remembrance of the first janitor’s union

d. The anniversary of women’s right to vote

Scroll down to end of the email to see the answer.

Mark the Date

521 Full Executive Board

Regular Meeting: 6/28, 6-8 p.m., via video/teleconference at 521 Offices

Special Face-to-Face Meeting

7/16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location to be determined.

521 Communications Committee

7/6, 6:30 p.m.


Fresno: 7/14, 5:30 p.m.

San Jose: 6/18, Noon


Fresno & San Carlos:

7/16, 5:30 p.m.


San Carlos: 7/14, 5:30 p.m.

San Jose: 7/5, 5:30 p.m.

Visalia: 7/20, 6 p.m.

Latino Caucus

Fresno: 7/7, 5:30 p.m.

San Jose: 7/9, 10 a.m. 

People Working with Disabilities

Fresno, San Jose & Santa Cruz:

7/12, 3 p.m.

Region 1

San Jose: 7/13, 6 p.m.

Region 5

Teleconference: 7/12, 6:30 p.m.

Region 6

San Jose: 7/1, 2 p.m.

Stand Up for CA

Phone bank: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Tues. & Thurs.

*Santa Cruz: Wed. ONLY

Social and Economic Justice

Bayard Rustin Documentary:

6/17, 6:30 p.m. (FREE)

Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose

(408) 234-2468

Regular Meeting:

San Jose: 7/12, 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Caucus

Fresno: 7/28, 5:30 p.m.

» Localwide Events

 521 in the news


Governor Brown vetoes state budget

The state Legislature on Wednesday approved an on-time budget. But without necessary revenue extensions, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it.

Learn more at

California’s fiscal mess wasn’t created overnight, and hard work remains to be done.

Here’s how you can help:

Finally, a news channel for working families

Public employees are constantly under attack in the news. The mainstream media doesn’t always tell our side of the story. That’s why we now have the National Workforce Network (NWN). NWN is labor’s first online news channel covering North America’s middle class. The goal is to inspire viewers to become actively involved in the issues that matter to their families and their jobs. Get the whole story.

Watch NWN at or

What do 1,000+ purple shirts look like?

Santa Clara County Rally 06/14/2011 - Photo 1


More than 1,000 SEIU 521 members from the Santa Clara County Chapter showed what people power looks like when the Board of Supervisors held a budget hearing on June 14. Members are fighting for a fair contract and equitable share in cuts. A vote on the county’s takeaway contract proposal is scheduled for June 20.

Click here for photos and video:

521 members spend a day helping less fortunate

Everyone needs to feel special sometimes, and it’s no different for homeless women in Fresno. That’s why the members of SEIU Local 521′s Women’s Caucus spent a day pampering women at the Holy Cross Center for Women.

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Bargaining begins in Tulare County

Tulare County has begun negotiations, with five sessions already scheduled. The county has asked for two more years of no raises, no steps and continued furloughs. The bargaining team, elected by the members, is asking workers to wear purple on bargaining days, including Monday, June 20. The seven-member team is facing off against the county’s executive director.

Keep up with details at

City votes to outsource 911 calls

hollister 911 rally 06062011Despite safety concerns from community members and 911 dispatchers, the Hollister City Council voted June 6 to contract out 911 emergency calls to Santa Cruz County.

“We should keep local control of our 911 services,” said Robbie Russell, a 911 Dispatch Supervisor. “Once you contract out essential services like 911, what’s to keep them from contracting out other services?”


Quick Quiz

June 19 is “Juneteenth.” What is Juneteenth?

Answer: a. 

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday honoring African American heritage by commemorating when the announcement of the abolition of slavery reached Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is combination of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 37 U.S. states, including California.

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