The Purple Buzz – February 27, 2014


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Quick Quiz

What is the percentage of U.S. working-age households that do not have any retirement account?
A. 20%
B. 45%
C. 55%

Scroll down to see if you got the correct answer!


Victory for Quality Care @ Home

Home Care workers - Feb. 25, 2014The County of Santa Clara and its In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workforce have reached a tentative agreement that will strengthen the program by investing in additional training for providers as well as more community outreach to increase public awareness about long-term care.

We all win when we put Community First!

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/2014/02/quality-care-home-victory/


Fresno health fair to help families get coverage

As of mid-February, 828,638 Californians have successfully enrolled into health plans through Covered California. SEIU Local 521 and our partners plan to boost that number at a March 22 Community Health Fair in Fresno.

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/2014/02/fresno-health-fair/


Child care providers put kids first

LB Rendon Providers 580Pre-schoolers got a boost this month when a coalition of more than 50 organizations took 3-day, 7-stop tour through California to highlight the critical role of quality early education.

SEIU 521 top leader Luisa Blue joined the “Gapbusters” bus tour to support child care providers whose day-to-day work with children has been proven to be critical to their future success in life.

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/2014/02/gapbusters/


We must elect better leaders for Fresno County

Fresno County needs leaders who are committed to putting Community First. This year, we have a strong chance of electing good candidates to the Board of Supervisors. We plan to seize this opportunity to help improve the lives of working families, especially for the county workers who have had to live with a 9% pay cut while the county rewards its top executives with raises.

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/2014/02/fc-leaders/


CED on your side:

Union activists boldly stand up in Monterey County

(Left to right) Antonia Garcia, Tony Velasquez and Gregg McWilliams outside the PERB offices in Oakland

(Left to right) Antonia Garcia, Tony Velasquez and Gregg McWilliams outside the PERB offices in Oakland

Monterey County recently learned SEIU Local 521 union members will not stand by and let management retaliate against workers simply for supporting their union.

When many workers stand together, the likelihood of being retaliated against is far diminished. This is the lesson we need to learn going forward.

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/2014/02/ced-union-activists/


Fast for Families bus tour comes to Bakersfield

The Fast for Families tour that began in Los Angeles on Feb. 25 came to the southern tip of Local 521’s area on Wednesday. A large crowd gathered in Bakersfield at Rep. McCarthy’s office but he locked his doors once again. A second event was held at CSUB and was well attended by students there. To follow all the news on the Fast for Families tour, check them out on Facebook. You can also keep up with immigration reform efforts in Kern County by liking Kern Coalition for Citizenship.


SEIU member sworn in on California Board of Registered Nurses

Imelda Swearing InImelda Ceja-Butkiewicz was sworn in on Feb. 23 by Supervisor Leticia Perez in a ceremony held in the Kern County Board of Supervisors’ chambers.

Imelda is a long-time active SEIU member, Kern County Executive Board Member and Chair of the COPE committee. Governor Jerry Brown recognized her hard work and dedication to the community both inside and outside SEIU Local 521.

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/2014/02/member-brn/


Quick Quiz

What is the percentage of U.S. working-age households that do not have any retirement account?
A. 20%
B. 45%
C. 55%

The correct answer is B. 45%
Source: The National Institute for Retirement Security, June 2013

The retirement crisis is even most severe for black and Latino households.
Three out of four black households and four out of five Latino households age 25-64 have less than $10,000 in retirement savings, compared to one out of two white households.
Source: The National Institute for Retirement Security, December 2013

What can we do?
We can work towards a better future, with security for all.
Join our next Pension Committee: Tuesday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m.

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