Santa Clara County co-workers: commit to doing what it takes to win the contract we need. Fill out your strike assessment card today.
In the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the largest concentrations of wealth in the world, people are suffering. Thousands of County residents and workers are homeless or living in cars. The skyrocketing cost of shelter leaves countless more of us teetering on the edge of housing insecurity. Hardworking families are struggling to keep groceries in the fridge. Our children do not have access to the care and attention they need.
On Tuesday, July 30, SEIU Local 521 members from Santa Clara County held a press conference outside of the Receiving, Assessment, and Intake Center (RAIC) to unveil Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges that we have filed against County management. We also announced that we’ll be holding a vote to authorize our bargaining team to call for a strike.
Click to hear a KCBS interview with SEIU 521 member leader and Santa Clara County social worker Valerie Pickering discussing unsafe conditions for children and workers.
Our County can and must do better.
The County is still refusing to adequately invest in community services and the dedicated County workers who provide them. Their shameful behavior has forced us to file unfair labor practices alleging 13 violations of California labor law with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Charges range from failure to meet and confer and unsafe working conditions for employees and the community.
Strike Authorization Voting August 5-August 23
Voting is scheduled to occur August 5 – August 23. See the voting schedule below or click here to download a printable version.
Members can vote at any one of the many voting locations to authorize the bargaining team to call a strike if we do not see further good faith efforts from the County to reach an agreement.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Additional Strike Vote
Tuesday, August 13, 8 a.m. – 12 noon
70 W. Hedding St., San Jose
Our bargaining team has authorized an additional strike vote on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at 70 West Hedding St. during the Board of Supervisors’ meeting. This is in addition to the scheduled vote for Tuesday afternoon at 70 West Hedding St. from 3 to 6 p.m.
Reminder: It’s important to join us at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting as well. Join us on Tuesday, August 13, 9 a.m. at 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose (Board Chambers) to share the struggles we face with our contract and why we need more investments in housing, healthcare, and child care services. RSVP now to SanJose.RSVP@SEIU521.org or (408) 678-3300. Note: Our petition will be delivered during item #12 on the agenda, and the time for the vote will depend on other items on the agenda. Please plan to stay into the afternoon if possible. Lunch will be provided.