The Purple Buzz – Jan. 16, 2013

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Quick Quiz

What percent of private sector workers had a pension in 1980 and what percent have one now?

A: 80% in 1980, 40% now
B: 80% in 1980, 20% now
C: 60% in 1980, 20% now
D: 50% in 1980, 10% now

Scroll down to see answer.

It pays to be a union member

Being a union member has its benefits. In addition to better wages, retirement security, and health benefits, SEIU 521 members or retirees are eligible for a wide range of benefits and services, including scholarships (see below).

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SEIU 2013-2014 scholarshipsCollege goals can be expensive. To help Local 521 members fulfill these educational goals SEIU International awards scholarships through scholarship programs, and Local 521 awards scholarships through two other scholarship programs.

These scholarships enable members and their children to pursue their educational goals at accredited colleges, universities, and technical schools.

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2013 Steward Workshops

Steward WorkshopsSEIU Local 521 continues to improve and we now represent approximately 57,000 private and public service workers in the South Bay Area, Central Coast and Central Valley. SEIU Local 521 will continue to direct the power of the union back into the workplace where it belongs.

That’s why the Education & Training Committee is sponsoring this extensive series of workshops.

Workshops are open to all members, not just stewards.

See the 2013 workshop schedule in your area:

Dr. King had a dream. What’s yours?


This month we honor Dr. King on the occasion of his birthday, Jan. 15, and for his legacy of peace, social justice, and equality for all.

Do you also have a dream? Share it now or read dreams submitted to SEIU 521.

Martin Luther King, Jr. events in Fresno
In Fresno, SEIU 521 Latino, Women’s, AFRAM, APALA & Lavender Caucuses are sponsoring three MLK, Jr. events (Friday, Jan. 18 to Monday, Jan. 21).

Don’t forget to vote: SEIU 521 Localwide Elections

Make your voice heard. Vote in the SEIU Local 521 Localwide elections. Voting runs January 5-22 to elect our Localwide Officers, Executive Delegates and Trustees for the 2013-2016 term of office, and to amend the Local 521 Bylaws. There will be no change to the dues structure. 521 Executive Board urges a YES vote for bylaws amendments.

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Quick Quiz

What percent of private sector workers had a pension in 1980 and what percent have one now?

A: 80% in 1980, 40% now
B: 80% in 1980, 20% now
C: 60% in 1980, 20% now
D: 50% in 1980, 10% now

Answer: B.
“In 1980, four out of five private-sector workers were covered by traditional pensions that paid them a fixed benefit based on their salary and length of service once they retired. Now, just one in five workers has a pension…” according to 401(k) breaches undermining retirement security for millions (The Washington Post, Jan. 14, 2013)

Employers today are placing increased retirement risk on working families, who must rely on risky 401k-type investments instead of a defined benefit plan such as a pension.

Join SEIU 521 Pension Committee and let’s fight for Retirement Security for All.

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