The Purple Buzz: March 28, 2013


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Quick Quiz

Sunday is Cesar Chavez day. In 1935, the National Labor Relations Act was passed to protect workers’ rights to organize. But the bill specifically excluded farmworkers. Why?

A. Farmworkers had a language barrier that excluded them.
B. Farmworker organizers refused to be included.
C. Congressmen from farm-heavy states blocked the bill.
D. President Roosevelt felt migrant workers were too difficult to organize.

Take the online quiz and see if you got the correct answer!


Something stinks in Fresno CountySomething stinks in Fresno County

Government corruption, insider dealings, witnesses turning on each other, and a house of cards collapsing. This is no dime-store novel. It’s the story of the Fresno County contract negotiations. Read more and sign the petition!


Is our future as secure as we think?

A majority of Americans don’t have enough saved for retirement to pay for food, medicine and housing. Most have less than $25,000 in savings, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Read one retiree’s blog.

Join the 521 Pension Committee meeting April 2.


Workers disrupt management meeting

Fed up with stagnant low-wages, insufficient healthcare coverage, and an extreme lack of progress from management in negotiations, workers from the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) in Salinas disrupted a management meeting. “United to Strike!”


Marching for Commonsense Immigration Reform

On March 23 – 24, Local 521 members joined thousands of activists in Salinas, Bakersfield, and Fresno to support a reasonable path to citizenship for new Americans.

The next action is April 10. Read more.


Bridging the gap to healthcare

SEIU 521 healthcare workers from Monterey and Santa Clara counties joined other activists in Sacramento on March 20 to lobby for a bill that will bridge the gap to healthcare for low-income families. Were they successful?


We settled lawsuit and prevented devastating cuts

SEIU Local 521 Home Care members and providers statewide have resolved a lawsuit we filed against the state to stop cuts to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). What does the agreement mean?


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