SEIU 521 Members Fight Back

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Extreme anti-worker organizations like the California Policy Center (part of the State Policy Network, or SPN), the Freedom Foundation, and others are actively trying to weaken unions across California. Organizations like the CPC and SPN serve as front groups for billionaires like the Koch Brothers1, who are determined to preserve the rigged economic system in the United States and who know that the key to their success is to defund our unions and harm our families.

CPC’s anti-worker agenda includes attacking our public education system2, fighting for pension cuts that hurt our members3, and slashing state jobs and our pay and benefits by 20%.They also advocate for the outsourcing of public sector jobs5. The State Policy Network (SPN), of which CPC is an affiliate, receives significant funding from the secretive organizations like Donors Capital Fund;6their affiliated group, Donors Trust, helped fund the anti-union “reforms” in Wisconsin in 2011.7

We won’t let any court case or out-of-state billionaires stand in the way of our fight for the good, union jobs that our communities need. We know that when working people whether white, Black or brown, are united in a union, we have the power in numbers to raise wages, secure basic needs like healthcare coverage, improve our jobs and make life better for our families and build stronger communities.

Union-Difference1. Stick together with our coworkers in our union.
Have you submitted your membership application or renewed it recently?
If you haven’t yet recommitted to our union, now is the time!
(If you can’t find your employer in the list, contact us.)

2. Calculate the benefits of union membership by checking out this “Union Difference Calculator” and sharing it with your coworkers. 
After the anti-union Act 10 and so-called “right-to-work” laws were passed in Wisconsin, workers like us lost their rights to stand together and negotiate wages, benefits, and working conditions. Wisconsin shows what can happen when union workers lose their labor rights and their unions. The Union Difference Calculator uses Wisconsin data to measure the difference a strong union contract makes.

3. Post these flyers on your bulletin board and at your worksite.
Click the link above to login to MemberLink and scroll to the bottom of the post to download and print a flyer to hang up at work.

4. Join our “Together We Rise” Mobilization Team!

1. Last viewed 7/31/18.
2. Larry Sand. “School Choice Wars.” California Policy Center. February 18, 2014. Last viewed July 16, 2018.
3., accessed July 11, 2018
4. Edward Ring. “How to reduce the California state budget by $40 billion.” California Policy
Center. December 28. 2017.
billion-dollars/ Last viewed July 16, 2018.
5. Edward Ring. “How to reduce the California state budget by $40 billion.” California Policy
Center. December 28. 2017.
billion-dollars/ Last viewed July 16, 2018.
6. Last viewed 7/31/18.
7. Andy Kroll, “Exposed: The Dark-Money ATM of the Conservative Movement,” Mother Jones, February 5, 2013,, accessed August 1, 2018.

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