The Purple Buzz – February 2017

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The rights of working people are under attack – the right to a fair minimum wage, the right to organize and bargain collectively, the right to health insurance and more. But the rights of women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths, the LGBTQ community, people of color, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault have been threatened as well. We are all confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. Now is the time to stand together, to send a bold message to our new administration and to the world: We are a community, and we’ll protect one another no matter what gets thrown our way. Defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

During Inauguration Day weekend, thousands of SEIU Members from around the country joined their local communities at peaceful demonstrations, immigration actions and at local Women’s Marches. Since Congress reconvened on Jan. 4, our communities have been fighting hard to protect the Affordable Care Act. Moving forward, we need to keep the momentum going. Community solidarity is integral to the labor movement, and now more than ever we need to come together to stand for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all.

SEIU 521’s many caucuses and committees are a great way to stay involved in grassroots community organizing. Right now we need to develop our caucuses in San Jose and Fresno, and form new committees in Santa Cruz, Salinas, Bakersfield, Visalia, Redwood City and more.
Get involved!


View photos from our January 14th National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice.

View photos from our participation in the National Women’s March on Washington.

Meet Our New CEO: Riko Mendez

Riko Mendez has been elected SEIU 521 Chief Elected Officer (CEO) on January 31, 2017. Listen to his speech after the election results or read his message to members.

SEIU Local 521 members also overwhelmingly ratified amendments to our Localwide Bylaws. Read more about the election results.


Learn about SEIU 521 Scholarship and other 521 news in our latest Talking Points edition.

Talking Points Jan.FINAL

Join the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act!

Our community is coming together to #Fight4ourHealth and defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Five million Californians will be directly affected by a repeal. Millions currently benefit from ACA because of provisions like extending dependent coverage to age 26 and removing “pre-existing condition” clauses from insurance. Covered California and tax subsidies to small businesses have given people more freedom to change jobs and small businesses can better compete for the best talent.
Take Action: Learn how to share your story, attend an event, and more.


Apply for a scholarship through SEIU 521!

View our Year in Review: Everything we accomplished in 2016.

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