As we look back on 2017, we can be proud that we stood up for our coworkers, working families, and our communities.
On Labor Day, we joined workers across the country for a national day of action to say “No” to a rigged economy and “Yes” to workers’ rights. We continued to strengthen our retirement security with the election of three members to pension boards in the Central Valley, and one labor-endorsed candidate on the CalPERS board. SEIU 521 Child Care Providers were able to get a commitment from three gubernatorial candidates and candidates for Lieutenant Governor to support collective bargaining rights. More than two hundred member delegates and guests attended our convention in October to chart the future of our union under the theme of “Together We Rise.”
Our 2017 contract wins all highlight the solidarity of our members and the importance of a strong membership. Take a look at these new contracts: Achieve Kids, Bakersfield ARC, Campbell Union High School District, Central California Legal Services, City of Coalinga, City of East Palo Alto, City of Menlo Park, City of Mountain View, City of Redwood City, City of Salinas, City of Shafter, City of Soledad, City of Sunnyvale, County of Kern, County of Kings, County of San Benito, County of Tulare, Encompass Community Services, Fresno Area Substitute Teachers Association, Fresno Housing, Fresno Unified School District, Monarch Services, San Benito County Water District, Salida Union School District, Santa Clara County Housing Authority, Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, Soquel Creek Water District, Tulare County Superior Court, and more.
Our Contract Enforcement Department (CED), together with stewards and member-leaders, was able to shut down abuses of power by management. Employees at 4Cs are still fighting for their first contract, but we were able to win a pension victory for one of their previous coworkers, Gloria.
SEIU Local 521 members also showed solidarity during disasters, both with our coworkers affected by storms and floods in Regions 1 and 2 of our Local, and with our SEIU sisters and brothers in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. SEIU is also our family. That’s why we created honorary and transitional membership options in 2017.
In 2018, we will need to stick together to protect our contracts, our jobs, benefits, and working conditions against anti-union attacks. Belonging to a union is an investment in our future, in the well-being of our families, and in the safety of our communities.
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Happy Holidays from SEIU 521 Leaders and Staff!