The Purple Buzz – September 12, 2013


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Quick Quiz

Which President said this in a Labor Day Address: “Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”

A. Ronald Reagan
B. Jimmy Carter
C. Teddy Roosevelt
D. Abraham Lincoln

Scroll down to see if you got the correct answer!


CED on your side:

SEIU 521 members win $300,000 in unpaid wages

When a county executive unilaterally changed the job classifications of county workers – and wrongfully lowered their pay scales – members took immediate action and fought back with our union’s Contract Enforcement Department (CED).

Read more


Kern County members help animals find new homes

Puppy looking for new homeKern County Animal Control will be moving to a new location starting next month. Currently, they share space in the city shelter but will be moving out of the shared facility by Sept. 30.

SEIU Local 521 members are working hard to make the transition as easy as possible for the animals currently housed there.

Learn how you can help.


Member elected to APALA National Executive Board

My LoiMy Loi, an SEIU 521 member and homecare worker was elected to the National Executive Board of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Caucus.

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521 member featured in NY Times article

521 retiree member Rachel Subega was featured in the Sept. 9 New York Times article about the retirement (in)security of American workers, “At Leisure, or Still at Work.”

Read it here (Page 3)

The next pension committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. Read more.


CalPERS election: Protect our retirement security

CalPERS Elections

ATTN: CalPERS members

Retirement security is one of the most important issues that working people face. Our retirement security has been under attack.

SEIU has endorsed two candidates: JJ Jelincic in Seat A and Michael Bilbrey in Seat B.

Read more and vote if you’re a CalPERS member.


Santa Clara County members clinch two-year contract

Four hard-fought months of negotiations, countless purple actions and mega rallies, a strike authorization vote, and a strong Community First message finally yielded the right results for Santa Clara County workers: A fair contract that prioritizes front line services and invests in a cutting edge workforce.

Read more and watch the video


Business joins labor for Immigration Forum

Immigration Forum - Sept. 9, 2013Comprehensive Immigration Reform is gaining support in the business community. On Sept. 9 business and labor leaders came together for an immigration reform forum in Bakersfield to urge Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Read more.


Quick Quiz

Which President said this in a Labor Day Address: “Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”

A. Ronald Reagan
B. Jimmy Carter
C. Teddy Roosevelt
D. Abraham Lincoln

Answer is A. President Reagan said this in a Labor Day speech in New Jersey on Sept. 1, 1980.


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