10- Holding them accountable
12- Fighting for jobs
Having a union contract and participating in negotiations is a cornerstone of our union. All SEIU 521 members have the right to elect their bargaining team and vote on their contract.
In 2012, our union regained our power at the bargaining table after constant attacks on workers the previous year.
In the Central Valley, we saw Stanislaus and Tulare counties sign good contracts. Tulare also won a reinstatement of wages. In Kings County, members won a ruling against the Board of Supervisors who tried to alter our union contract without negotiations and Fresno County members forced the county back to the table with a three-day strike in January.
In the Bay Area, San Mateo County won a two-year contract extension and the City of San Mateo won a four-year agreement for maintenance workers with 2% increases each year and minimal cost-share increase of health care premiums.
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