The Purple Buzz – May 22, 2014


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Quick Quiz

The union difference

How do the median weekly earnings of union workers compare with non-union workers?

A. Union workers are paid 5 percent higher than non-union workers.
B. Union workers are paid 12 percent higher than non-union workers.
C. Union workers are paid 23 percent higher than non-union workers.
D. Union workers are paid 26 percent higher than non-union workers.

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Tulare County Unit 2 workers join the Local 521 family!

Tulare County Chapter, Unit 2On Tuesday, May 20, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors recognized SEIU Local 521 as the exclusive collective bargaining representative for workers in Unit 2.

More than 200 maintenance, construction and custodial staff from Unit 2 join SEIU Local 521, which currently represents thousands of Tulare County workers across five bargaining units. Organizing a union had been a long and difficult process for Unit 2 workers, who were unrepresented for nearly a year before the Board of Supervisors vote on May 20.

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/2014/05/tulare-county-unit2


Kern Medical Center saved this man’s life

KMC saved my lifeKern Medical Center (KMC) is an irreplaceable asset for all Kern County. Just listen to resident Robert Purdie describe how the public hospital saved his life: http://www.seiu521.org/kmc

As county leaders wrestle with financial issues at KMC, SEIU 521 front-line workers are stepping up to help identify strategies that would strengthen KMC for the next generation.

Read about the Hospital Authority bill (PDF) workers helped draft that would protect union contracts and also put the community first by prioritizing quality patient health.

Learn more: http://www.seiu521.org/kmc


Unions and community leaders kick off campaign for a Silicon Valley Living Wage

Santa Clara County has taken the first step toward addressing economic inequality in the heart of Silicon Valley: Supervisors unanimously approved a motion to develop a framework that would set a new standard of higher wages, healthcare security and a better standard of living for tens of thousands of low wage workers in Silicon Valley. Santa Clara County members of SEIU Local 521 joined other labor advocates, community based organizations and policy groups to show our support in a Silicon Valley Living Wage that puts our Community First.Santa Clara County has taken the first step toward addressing economic inequality in the heart of Silicon Valley: Supervisors unanimously approved a motion directing the administration to develop a framework that would set a new standard of higher wages, healthcare security and a better standard of living for tens of thousands of low wage workers in Silicon Valley.

Read more:  http://www.seiu521.org/2014/05/svlivingwage


Luisa Blue honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Luisa Blue, Chief Elected Officer of SEIU Local 521 and tireless activist, was awarded the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award by SEIU Nurse Alliance of California for her 35 years of dedication and impactful service.

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/2014/05/blue-lifetime-achievement-award


How low can Fresno County go?

The Fresno Board of Supervisors unfairly imposed new caps on the amount of time members could donate to each other in their time of need. Despite already having one battle to fight, these brave members came to the Board of Supervisors and went to the media to tell their stories. Each of them knows they aren’t just fighting for themselves, but for every one of their co-workers.

Learn more and sign the petition now to support Fresno County workers: http://goo.gl/C0izjO


2014 Primary Elections

The elections are right around the corner. Don’t forget to vote and check out our voter guide:

http://www.seiu521.org/2014elections


Quick Quiz

The union difference

How do the median weekly earnings of union workers compare with non-union workers?

A. Union workers are paid 5 percent higher than non-union workers.
B. Union workers are paid 12 percent higher than non-union workers.
C. Union workers are paid 23 percent higher than non-union workers.
D. Union workers are paid 26 percent higher than non-union workers.

Answer: D. The median weekly earnings of union workers are 26 percent higher than non-union workers.

Despite all the anti-union propaganda we hear nowadays, workers who belong to a union earn higher pay than non-union workers doing the same kind of job. Unionized workers also provide a counterbalance on unchecked CEO greed and promote greater income equality.
In 2013, the median weekly earnings of union members was $944, compared with $750 for non-union workers. That’s a yearly difference in salary of $10,088 for union members vs. non-union members.

Source: January 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report – http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.t02.htm

Learn more: http://www.seiu521.org/union-power

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