The Purple Buzz – May 28

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Quick Quiz

How much more do men earn than women in Silicon Valley?

A. 15% more
B. 35% more
C. 52% more
D. 62% more

Scroll down to see the answer.

City of Santa Cruz Workers Call for Recovery

Clock TowerHundreds of Santa Cruz city workers and supporters stood tall at all corners of downtown’s busiest intersection to spread the word—city workers demand respect and a living wage. Confronting city council on all sides, seven were later detained by police, but not before making their message heard.

For a re-cap of the action:

Kern County Libraries Fight Privatization

20150516_105831Kern County libraries are under threat of privatization by a national corporation that wants to run them for a profit. This shift would fundamentally alter how our libraries work and change the emphasis from serving the public to maximizing profit. Fortunately, SEIU members and the community have come together to stop this outrageous idea. A few weeks ago, we hosted a public forum for families that were interested in keeping our libraries focused on serving the community and had hundreds of people attend. We will continue to push back against the idea turning our public services into profit centers.

For more on battling the “Privatization Beast”:

Santa Clara County Workers Launch Campaign

SCCOfarmersmarket3In the midst of Santa Clara County’s rebounding economy, there is an expanding class of low-wage workers who rely on quality public services to get by. Santa Clara County workers launched their campaign at the Farmers’ Market at Valley Medical Center in San Jose. It was the start of a series of future public outreach efforts from SEIU Local 521 members who work in the county—calling for support from shoppers to sign an online petition demanding the county “Invest in Our Community”  by addressing rising income inequality, cuts to public services and a looming labor shortage.

The need for signatures of support continues as the campaign escalates. Sign the petition here:
Read more about the launch:

Fresno County Contract Negotiations

After working for years without a contract, Fresno County is finally moving! Negotiations are continuing with the County and they are finally acknowledging that the imposition has hurt the County and the community. Our bargaining team is engaged in a series of marathon sessions that we believe can roll back cuts the County made and provide some restitution for workers and their families. For years, members in Fresno County have stood strong in the face of adversity. Their determination may be ready to pay off.

For updates on Fresno negotiations:

Member Blows Whistle and Wins Job Back 

Cathy Stanley, an Animal Control Officer in Monterey County, blew the whistle on the county. With her steward she won her job back after being wrongfully demoted.

Read Cathy’s story in the latest CED (on page 2):

Upcoming DACA and DAPA Forums

Join us for upcoming community forums organized by the Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform of SEIU Local 521, the Office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Univision and other partners. The purpose of the forums is to educate the community about how to prepare to apply for DACA and DAPA once the applications are available and warn them about fraud.

Saturday, May 30, at 11:00 a.m.: Argus and Endeavor High School, 2555 Lawrence St., Ceres, CA 95307
Sunday, May 31 at 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Hartnell College (Auxiliary Gym), 411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA (For more information on this event:
Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m.: Manchester Mall, 1901 E. Shields Ave., Fresno, CA
Sunday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m.: Los Angeles (Location TBD)
Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m.: Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave., San Jose, CA 95116
Saturday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m.: Beale Memorial Library Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301
Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m.: LIUNA Hall, 4161 Home Ave., San Diego, CA 92105
Sunday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m.: Ysmael Villegas Community Center, 3091 Esperanza St., Riverside, CA 92504

For more info on DACA and DAPA:

Media Highlights on the Local’s Initiatives

Salinas Measure G Priorities Hold Fast

by the Californian

SEIU Local 521 was a key proponent of Measure G in November 2012. In this article, the Mayor of Salinas talks about the spending priorities for Measure G and makes it clear that Measure G funds will ultimately end up paying the city’s recovering workforce.

Read more:

Pension Initiative may Empower Local Reforms

by Ed Mendel of

The leaders of two local pension reforms, former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, are working with a coalition on a statewide initiative that threatens retirement security in California.

Read more:

Quick Quiz

Unequal Pay by GenderHow much more do men earn than women in Silicon Valley?

A. 15% more
B. 35% more
C. 52% more
D. 62% more

Answer: C. 52%.

In this day and age, surprising but still true, men earn 52% more pay than women in the heart of Silicon Valley. Share the info graphic on Facebook to demand equality NOW:

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One Response to “The Purple Buzz – May 28”

  1. Sylvia says:

    I didn’t read anything about fresno.

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