The Purple Buzz – November 5, 2013


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Quick Quiz

The U.S. population of seniors (65 and older) is expected to double from 2000 to 2030. What percentage of Americans age 40 and up say they’ve done little or no planning for ongoing living assistance in their older years?

A. 33%
B. 46%
C. 57%
D. 65%

Scroll down to see if you got the correct answer!


CED on your side:

Two wrongful disciplines withdrawn

Rosalin RemolloRosalin Remollo and Eloisa Sarabia both won grievances recently thanks to Contract Enforcement Department (CED) and workers’ courage to fight back against unfair disciplines.

Read their stories and more on the history of Skelly hearings.


Quality Care @ Home

November is Home Care Month and we would like to honor home care workers who help put our Community First by providing in-home care for people in need. Unfortunately, too often, home care workers struggle to make ends meet.

Like and share our home care Facebook page and posts to show your appreciation and support for our home care workers: www.facebook.com/seiu521homecare


Kern Medical Center

The Kern County Board of Supervisors is taking aim at Kern Medical Center (KMC) again. Right now, the Board and Supervisor Maggard’s “Special Panel of Advisers” is trying to hand over the Family Medicine training program to Clinica Sierra Vista without consulting the community and without being able to present concrete numbers to justify the switch.

Find out how you can get involved in the campaign to save KMC for our community.


Billionaire backs pension initiative

(Can’t be good)

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, with the financial support of an Enron billionaire from Texas, wants to get on the November 2014 ballot an initiative that would allow public employers to slash pension benefits for current workers and allow them to do so without going through the collective bargaining process.

This is not only a direct threat to the retirement security of millions of working families, it is a dangerous distraction from the real retirement crisis in America where 1 in 11 retire in poverty.

We will fight this initiative every step of the way.

Get email updates from SEIU Local 521 Pension Committee.


Get Covered Now!

Get Covered Now!Know someone who needs quality, affordable health insurance? Tell them to get covered!

We have our our own website: getcoverednowca.com. SEIU Local 521 is working with Covered California to reach low-income and uninsured families who could benefit from the Affordable Care Act.

From hosting free health fairs to reaching people at home for one-to-one phone conversations, our Local is making sure the promise of Health Care Reform reaches everyone.

Read the latest news coverage.


SEIU Nurse Alliance conference

Over 400 nurses, including some from SEIU 521, attended a two-day conference in Pittsburgh on staffing, the Affordable Care Act, chapter building, nurse activism and more.

Read more and watch video.


Quick Quiz

The U.S. population of seniors (65 and older) is expected to double from 2000 to 2030. What percentage of Americans age 40 and up say they’ve done little or no planning for ongoing living assistance in their older years?

A. 33%
B. 46%
C. 57%
D. 65%

The answer is D.
An estimated 8,000 members of the baby boom generation will become senior citizens each day for the next 16 years.  Seven in 10 in this growing population are expected to need long-term care, on average for three years; yet 65 percent  of those who are age 40 and up say they’ve done little or no planning for ongoing living assistance in their older years.

Source:  2013 public opinion survey on long-term care produced by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs with funding from The SCAN Foundation, the nation’s only nonprofit foundation devoted solely to long-term care issues.


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