The Purple Buzz – June 18

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Quick Quiz

Who said this?

“This vision of ‘might is right’ has engendered immense inequality, injustice and acts of violence against the majority of humanity, since resources end up in the hands of the first comer or the most powerful: the winner takes all. Completely at odds with this model are the ideals of harmony, justice, fraternity and peace as proposed by Jesus.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Jeb Bush
C. Kim Kardashian
D. Pope Francis

Scroll down to see the answer.


Santa Clara County members vote for strike sanction

More than 1,000 workers attended the rallyRally

An overwhelming 98% of SEIU 521 members in Santa Clara County voted this week to seek a strike sanction, calling on county leaders to address crises in the community ranging from a critically understaffed 911 department to a looming labor shortage.

Rather than working with front-line workers to invest in proposals that put the community first, management is engaging in unfair labor practices (ULP) such as interfering in union business and unilaterally eliminating alternate work hours as a form of retaliation. Santa Clara County workers are planning for a strike authorization vote on June 24.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1Gv11VB

Hear from community leaders joining our #sccountyincrisis:

Show your support to our Santa Clara County Workers now and pass it on!
http://www.seiu521.org/scsupport


Home Care victory: IHSS hours restored!

We did it! As part of the budget deal just reached between Governor Brown and the Legislature, the 7% cut in IHSS (In-Home Supportive Services) hours has been reversed effective July 1, 2015.

Learn more: http://www.seiu521.org/home-care-hours


State Budget deal a big win for child care system

CCPress061815Governor Brown and state legislative leadership struck a budget deal on June 16. The tireless work and energy of child care providers in 2015 made a significant impact in adding provisions that improve our early education system.

The budget deal includes increased reimbursement rates and additional child care slots. This means that even more working families will have access to quality child care.

Our work isn’t done yet, but this is a big step forward.

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/state-budget-child-care


Fresno County members voting on a contract

After nearly four years without a contract, Fresno County members are voting on a Tentative Agreement that will return a 9% pay cut that was imposed by the County. The agreement also contains other benefits including rolling back some terms that have been imposed. The imposition has had a huge impact on members and the economy in Fresno and the bargaining team there has worked tirelessly to reach an agreement. The vote ends on June 26.

For more on Fresno County, see the Fresno County chapter page: http://www.seiu521.org/cofresno.


Monterey County workers get a boost

Entering the final year of their contract, Monterey County workers will receive a cost-of-living pay increase of 3%. Under the current three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) members will realize an 8.5% increase overall to their base wages.

“SEIU Members helped the County during the great recession and saw no increase in their salary. This pay raise starts to address our past contracts without a raise. We are going into bargaining soon with the County, we need to be united now more than ever.”
– Yvette Carreon, Psychiatric Social Worker, Monterey County

The current MOU will expire on June 30, 2016. Bargaining units will begin organizing with bargaining team nominations opening this July. Moving forward, workers hope the county recognizes their contributions at the bargaining table next year.

For information on bargaining team nominations: http://bit.ly/1TyMWNX

Stay updated with the Monterey County chapter page: http://www.seiu521.org/comonterey


Negotiations continue in Kern County

Kern County is six months in to bargaining a new contract. Members have rallied together and we’ve moved the county away from takeaway talk to getting something that invests in our community. From unity breaks to speaking at the board and our recent balloon action, members are showing that we will stand strong together.

To follow all the Kern County news, check out the chapter webpage here: http://www.seiu521.org/cokern


Attacks on pensions in 2016

For the third time in four years, we are facing yet another attack against pensions: A coalition of anti-pension groups introduced a new ballot initiative on June 4. This initiative would undermine collective bargaining, eliminate all existing pensions for every public employee hired after January 1, 2019, and will require costly elections for  changes to pensions and other retirement benefits.

Learn more on this new attack and what we can do to fight back: http://www.seiu521.org/pension-attack


0610151146aTulare County has a new contract

After months of negotiations, members voted in favor of a contract that begins to invest in Tulare County and put our community first. On June 16, the Tulare Board of Supervisors signed the agreement. This contract shows that by standing together and staying involved, we can move the County and we can get a contract that values the work we do.

Learn more: http://www.seiu521.org/tulare-contract


Upcoming DACA and DAPA forums

Keep Families Together 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, June 20 at 10:00 a.m.: Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave., San Jose, CA 95116. For more information in English and Spanish: http://www.seiu521.org/sj-daca-dapa-june20
  • Saturday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m.: Beale Memorial Library Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301. For more information in English and Spanish: http://www.seiu521.org/daca-dapa-bakersfield
  • 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: iamerica.org


Quick Quiz

Who said this?

“This vision of ‘might is right’ has engendered immense inequality, injustice and acts of violence against the majority of humanity, since resources end up in the hands of the first comer or the most powerful: the winner takes all. Completely at odds with this model are the ideals of harmony, justice, fraternity and peace as proposed by Jesus.”

A. Barack Obama
B. Jeb Bush
C. Kim Kardashian
D. Pope Francis

Answer: D. Pope Francis

Source:  Christian Post, http://bit.ly/1L3EvXi

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