521 members file civil rights lawsuit against San Benito County

SEIU Local 521 members filed a civil rights lawsuit against San Benito County on Sept. 21 for violating our members’ right to protected free speech.

Read the entire complaint (PDF):
Letter – Sept. 20, 2012
Letter – Jul. 3, 2012
Complaint Under Civil Rights Act

Every election year, the county lays out its policy on political activity.

However, the county’s policy violates members’ free speech rights by illegally prohibiting them from:

  • Displaying bumper stickers, pictures or posters at their homes and/or personal vehicles during working hours
  •  Engaging in political activities, including union-related activities on personal time in break rooms, parking lots, and other areas
  • Wearing campaign badges in non-public work areas within county facilities

The county has even threatened to fire workers. This policy is an attempt to silence workers’ voices from:

  • Speaking up for funding our vital programs and services that benefit our community
  • Standing up to elected officials and holding them accountable by demanding they stop county waste, protect our jobs, and maintain the services we provide for our community and neighbors
  • Supporting candidates and measures of OUR choice at home and in our personal vehicles
  • Speaking during our break times and lunches about political issues impacting us, our co-workers, our community, and our families

The county’s policy and the county’s action violate our State and Federal constitutions and our rights.

SEIU members and chapter leaders continue to Stand Up, Speak Out, and FIGHT back!

Read the entire complaint (PDF):
Letter – Sept. 20, 2012
Letter – Jul. 3, 2012
Complaint Under Civil Rights Act

Come to the next chapter meeting:
Monday, October 8, 5:30 p.m.
San Benito County Free Library
470 Fifth St., Hollister

If you are not yet a full member, JOIN THE WINNING TEAM and sign up now. Remember we are Stronger Together!

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