The Purple Buzz – Aug. 20

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Quick Quiz

How much higher are the wages of union workers compared with non-union workers?

A. 7% higher
B. 17% higher
C. 27% higher
D. 37% higher

Scroll down to see the answer.


Santa Clara Family Health Plan and 4Cs Ready for First Contract Fight

Picture2Workers from Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP) and Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County, Inc. (4Cs) fought hard and fast for a union and a voice in the workplace. Now, they have it and are gearing up for the first contract fights.

Learn more about the new chapters: http://www.seiu521.org/twonewchapters


Living Wage Expands in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County will soon be providing the nation’s most comprehensive living wage to its 17,000 public workers, expanding the original ordinance passed in December covering for-profit contractors doing business with the county.

As the second largest employer in the county, Santa Clara County is pushing forth a ground-breaking policy that addresses: fair compensation; opportunity for a diverse, local workforce – like former foster youth and formerly incarcerated workers; and a voice at work – so that workers aren’t scared to stand up for their rights.

Read more: http://521.seiu.org/sccocountyworkerlivingwage


Kern County Members urge Supervisors to Invest in the Front Line

Kern County BOS Meeting, August 17Over 100 members attended a Kern County budget hearing this week to continue the pressure on the board to win a contract that invests in public services. “It’s discouraging to me to see the county is not investing in us, that the county does not prioritize retention of good, experienced workers,” said Kaycee Phillips, a Public Health Nurse. “I want to keep working as hard as I do for this community but I need this board’s support.”

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/kc-bos


Workers rally to “Build A Better San Benito”

Workers for San Benito County and City of Hollister banded together for a rally on July 20, calling for unity of the community, workers and leadership to “Build a Better San Benito County.” Together, they also demanded recognition of the negative impact the worker shortage has had on public services and highlighted the need for re-investment in public workers.

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/sbcorallybuildbettersanbenito


Raising California Together Brings Childcare to Capitol

The Raising California Together coalition brought child care to the capitol…literally! The coalition erected a pop-up child care outside of the State Capitol to showcase the important work family child care providers do.

In addition to the pop-up child care center, providers participated in a series of lobby visits at the Capitol to call for Governor Brown’s signature on SB 548 (De León). Parents, providers and advocates know that SB548 represents an important opportunity for hard-working women in California and must be a top legislative priority.

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/raisingcatocapitol


APALA Caucus Attends National Convention, Honors Luisa Blue

APALACaucus3The APALA Caucus of Local 521 proudly represented members at the 13th Biennial APALA National Convention in San Diego, CA. The four day event gathered Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) union members, workers, and allies around the theme of, “Organizing in Solidarity, Building One Vision Forward,” to discuss economic and political issues affecting AAPI workers and coalition building with other communities of color.

Luisa Blue, Chief Elected Officer of Local 521, was celebrated at the convention for her three decades of tireless dedication to the labor movement. SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry presented Luisa with the Philip Vera Cruz Award, which is given to an outstanding organizer whose career honors the memory of the highest-ranking Filipino officer of the United Farm Workers Union. Congratulations to Luisa!

Read more: http://www.seiu521.org/apalaconvention


Quick Quiz

How much higher are the wages of union workers compared with non-union workers?

A. 7% higher
B. 17% higher
C. 27% higher
D. 37% higher

Answer: C. 27% higher

In 2014, among full-time wage and salary workers, union members had median usual weekly earnings of $970, while those who were not union members had median weekly earnings of $763. This does not include the fact that more union workers than non-union workers get additional benefits at work such as health care and pension.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 23, 2015 http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm

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