The Purple Buzz – Aug. 19

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Engage Members

California School Workers One Step Closer to Summer Relief

With back to school on parents’ minds, relief to school workers during the summer is closer to becoming a reality, thanks to our continuous efforts!

284,000 classified school workers in California, including SEIU members, stand to soon finally benefit from a bill that would make it possible for school workers to receive unemployment insurance during the summer.

Read more: www.seiu521.org/summer-relief


Develop leaders

Stewards: Get to Know Yours!

Alan Lamb

Long-time activist Alan Lamb has been a steward for 30 years –  nearly his entire professional career!

Stewards like Alan perform many roles, but fundamentally they help re-balance the boss-to-worker power structure in the workplace so that frontline staff  have a stronger voice at work.

“I would absolutely encourage other members to become stewards. It has been a rewarding facet of my career, and it gives you the opportunity to exercise problem-solving skills in the workplace. I would encourage more members to get involved with our union, to go to a steward training; you may really enjoy it!”

Read more about Alan, and get inspired by his story:
www.seiu521.org/meet-a-steward


Build Political & Community Power

Retirement Security: SEIU members speak up for those without

Nearly seven million Californians in the private sector who have no retirement savings plan at work are one step closer to achieving better retirement security thanks to the strong and steady advocacy of SEIU members over the past four years. California legislators are set to vote next week on Secure Choice – SB 1234 (De León) which would automatically enroll most uncovered workers in individual retirement savings accounts.

Don’t miss the New York Times op-ed: “From California, a Better Way to Retire”

SEIU 521 Retirement Security for All Committee has been rooting and pushing for this legislation since its inception. Join our committee, change lives!
www.seiu521.org/secure-choice

Secure Choice - Aug. 11, 2016


Thousands March in Richmond for $15 and a Union

Child Care WorkersThousands of workers from across the country convened in Richmond, VA over the weekend to make a powerful statement to Fight for $15 and a union and to highlight the crisis of today’s falling wage floor and the effects of racist policies that have held back working people of color.

Nearly 300 child care workers – with a large contingent from California – joined them.

Read more: www.seiu521.org/richmond-15-and-a-union


Did you read our Talking Points?

In this issue:
– Bad Bosses Beware
– Fighting for the Community
– Vote YES on Prop. 55!
– WINNERS – Workers Dump Trump
– LOSERS – Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara, Inc. (4Cs)

Check out the August issue here: www.seiu521.org/talking-points-aug2016


And to close this edition, let’s enjoy an inspiring quote from Bruce Springsteen:

Bruce Springsteen

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