Meet Our New CEO: Riko Mendez
SEIU Local 521 members also overwhelmingly ratified amendments to our Localwide Bylaws.
Read the updated Bylaws here. (PDF)
The American Arbitration Association (AAA) went through 81 boxes, one box per voting site, on January 31, 2017. This was the largest election turnout for SEIU Local 521, with a total of 4,311 ballots.
Official Ballot Count for CEO Candidates
Catherine Balbas: 505 – 11.71%
wRen Bradley: 613 – 14.22%
Robert Li: 982 – 22.78%
Riko Mendez: 2,184 – 50.66%
Blank & Void Ballots: 27 – 0.6%
Message from Riko Mendez:
Thank you to all members who took the time to vote and participate in SEIU Local 521’s Special Election. It is essential to have high member turnout in internal elections to help keep SEIU Local 521 a democratic union and keep members engaged. Special thanks to Vaughn Flaming, Wanda Morgan-Wallace, and Carolyn Woolfolk, who served on the Election Committee and made sure that the election and vote count were done fairly. Special thanks to all of the administrative and clerical staff who handled all of the logistics for this very complex election. The bylaws changes passed overwhelmingly, providing our union an opportunity to fill some key vacancies on our Executive Board. We will begin that process over the next few weeks.
The time to fight to defend our progress is upon us. Together we can thrive and win, even in the most difficult environment. A unified union of over 32,000 members in 17 counties is truly powerful. Together, we will move our union forward, with integrity, empathy, and care.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Watch the Video of CEO Candidates Forum
Our five CEO (Chief Elected Officer) candidates* answered questions in a forum about how they will oversee SEIU Local 521. The forum took place at SEIU Local 521 on January 18 in San Jose and via video conference in our union offices in Bakersfield, Fresno, Salinas, and Visalia. We also live streamed the forum on Facebook.
*NOTE: Heidi Pham voluntarily withdrew from SEIU Local 521 CEO Election on January 18, 2017.