The Purple Buzz – Apr. 22

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Quick Quiz

What is the percentage of U.S. workers who make less than $15 per hour?

A. 24%
B. 42%
C. 55%

Scroll down to see the answer.


Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

ThanksApril 22nd is Administrative Professionals Day. “Your work is vital, and on Administrative Professionals Day and every day, we thank you for your dedication in serving our communities.”

Read the rest of this message from Gwyndolyn Harshaw, SEIU 521 President:
www.seiu521.org/administrative-professionals-day


Rally for Children: April 29 

Join us to demand a child care system that truly values California’s children and the providers who care for and teach them! We need your support in Sacramento on April 29 for a rally and lobby day to make SB548 a reality. The Act seeks to strengthen California’s child care system and lift up working women and their children out of a cycle of poverty.

Learn more and RSVP for the rally now:
521.seiu.org/children


Members push back privatization of libraries in Kern County

Thanks to the incredible work of members and our community, the Supervisors just declared that Kern County is “in no rush to move forward.”

Read more and add your name to the petition to show your support for quality services in Kern County!
www.seiu521.org/privatization-kern-libraries


Fight for $15 Hits New High on Tax Day

521 in Fresno FightFor15April 15, also known as Tax Day, is marked in history with new significance as the Fight For $15 successfully organized protests across the country and around the globe, including in Fresno, San Jose and Berkeley. “The cost of living is so high, it’s a struggle to survive. Fight for $15 is about lifting the wage floor and building a better future for everyone.We won’t stop until every hard working person is able to make enough to pay the bills and get the respect everyone deserves on the job.” – Elba Arciniega, SEIU 521 member and Patient Business Services Clerk at Valley Medical Center.

See the day in images:
www.seiu521.org/taxday-fightfor15


Eligibility Workers Work with Secretary Dooley

Eligibility Workers met with Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley to discuss the issues with enrollment and to ensure workers have a lead role in getting the system fixed. If you are an Eligibility Worker, join the next Industry Council meeting on Monday, April 27.

Read more on the discussion:
www.seiu521.org/ew-secretary-dooley


Salinas Library Workers Speak Up for Bilingual Services

City of Salinas LibrariesLibrary workers in Salinas joined with community members to demand more support for the community’s bilingual library programs on April 14, which was National Library Worker’s Day. Every day, a growing number of families in Salinas depend on bilingual library services to make education, recreation and development more accessible.

For more details on the action:
www.seiu521.org/librarybilingual


Quick Quiz

What is the percentage of U.S. workers who make less than $15 per hour?

A. 24%
B. 42%
C. 55%

Answer: B. 42%.
According to a study by the National Employment Law Project, many of the workers paid less than $15 per hour are in the jobs that are projected grow the most by 2020.
Source: fortune.com/2015/04/13/who-makes-15-per-hour

We need change now. The future of our country and our families depends on it. Join the Fight for $15 movement and receive regular updates: 521.seiu.org/ff15

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