The Purple Buzz – Mar. 5

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Quick Quiz

What is the average age of workers who earn minimum wage?
a. 22
b. 34
c. 25
d. 35

Scroll down to see the answer.

#overtime4caregivers is overdue

Brenda Jackson and Berta GuizarCaregivers and supporters escalated their message of equality and justice during 24 hours of protests statewide on Feb. 26.

Home care workers are calling on the Governor to keep his promise of overtime pay.

Join us in solidarity: Add your name to the petition!

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Victory! PERB rules Tulare County broke promises

Tulare County RallyThe PERB Board has ruled in favor of SEIU Local 521 members in Tulare County and ordered the county to “make whole” workers who were denied the flex promotions and merit step increases that had been expressly promised them in a labor contract.

“This is a tremendous victory for workers and SEIU members in Tulare County.”
– Greg Gomez, SEIU Local 521 Chapter President

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Silicon Valley Rising

Silicon Valley Rising - signsLuisa Blue, SEIU 521 Chief Elected Officer, rocked the house at the Silicon Valley Rising event on Feb. 27.

The ‪#‎SVRising‬ campaign is fighting income inequality in Silicon Valley.

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Retirement Security For All Updates

CalPERS board member meets with SEIU retirees for endorsement interview
CalPERS board member Henry Jones met with SEIU members from Local 521 and Local 1021 on March 3 seeking endorsement from our retired members.
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Secure Choice update
Rachel Welch, SEIU 521 COPE chair of Santa Clara and San Benito Counties spoke at the Secure Choice Board meeting on Feb. 23 thanking the board for moving forward with the feasibility study and market analysis.
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Get involved! Join our Retirement Security for All Committee.
Next meeting: Tuesday, April 14, 6-8 p.m.
Via video-conference in our Bakersfield, Fresno, Salinas, San Jose and Visalia offices and via tele-conference.
Please RSVP to

SEIU 521 Membership Benefits

SEIU 521 Scholarships
SEIU Local 521 awards yearly college scholarship opportunities that enable members and their children to pursue their educational goals at colleges, universities, labor study programs and technical schools.
Clarence Dodge Scholarship: This scholarship is named after Legacy SEIU Local 715’s first president, Clarence Dodge, and provides 10 winners with $1,500 each for their first year of study.
The deadline to apply is March 31, 2015.
More info:

Learn about other benefits you get as a union member:

Union Membership: My Voice & Our Power
Why should you become an SEIU 521 member?

Quick Quiz

What is the average age of workers who earn minimum wage?
a. 22
b. 34
c. 25
d. 35

Answer: d. 35
That’s why we are fighting against income inequality and are joining forces with the Fight For 15 movement and Silicon Valley Rising. When we raise the living wage and minimum wage, we raise the floor for all workers and help rebuild the middle class for a better future for the next generations.
We won a living wage covering county contracts in Santa Clara County in 2014 and are now working toward a living wage for San Mateo County.

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