SEIU Local 521 Convention
Over two hundred member delegates and guests attended SEIU Local 521’s convention in San Jose from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15. Over three days, they met and charted the future of our union. This was SEIU Local 521’s largest convention, at a time when unions, worker rights, immigrants, healthcare, and public services are all under attack.
New Trustees and Executive Board Members
New trustees and executive board members were sworn in on Sept. 23, 2017. They are ready to serve our union members so that we are stronger together. Together We Rise!
Here is the list of new trustees and executive board members that were sworn in (listed alphabetically):
- Debbie Acosta, Fresno Unified School District Executive Board Delegate
- Rogenia Cox, Fresno County Executive Board Delegate
- Michelle Jones, Tulare County Executive Board Delegate
- Laurie MacMason, Kern County Executive Board Delegate
- Denise Quintana, Region 2 Trustee
- William Ragland, Trustee at Large
- Kate Selover, Region 3 Vice President
- Riley Talford, Fresno County Executive Board Delegate
- Veronica Vasquez, Kern County Executive Board Delegate
From Left to Right: Chief Elected Officer Riko Mendez, Rogenia Cox, Riley Talford, Katherine Selover, President Gwyn Harshaw, Bill Wagland, Denise Quintana, Laurie Quintana, Veronica Vasquez, Debbie Acosta, Alysia Bonner
SEIU 521 is a democratically-run, member-driven organization.
That means members govern and are at the heart of every decision in our union. At the head of our member-driven governance is our union’s Executive Board. Members elect the officers and executive board from among their fellow union members, every three years. Guided by SEIU International Constitution & Bylaws, they make decisions about our union’s budget, policies, and other organizational issues. The officers and board members are active union members representing every division in our union.
Message from Riko Mendez, Chief Elected Officer
“More important than anything else, we must unite our Union across regions, chapters, job classifications and across our communities. Everything we have earned and won is at stake. In order to protect it and thrive into the future, we must be UNITED.” Continue to read his message here.
Riko Mendez has been elected SEIU 521 Chief Elected Officer (CEO) on January 31, 2017. SEIU Local 521 members also overwhelmingly ratified amendments to our Localwide Bylaws. Click here for details.
521 Localwide Bylaws – Updated January 31, 2017 (PDF)
SEIU 521 Dues (PDF)
2017 Executive Board Meeting Calendar
Full Executive Board Meetings
- March 25-26, Saturday 9:30 a.m. – Sunday, 1 p.m. – SEIU 521 Fresno Office
- June 24-25, Saturday 9:30 a.m. – Sunday, 1 p.m. – SEIU 521 Fresno Office
- September 23-24, Saturday 9:30 a.m. – Sunday, 1 p.m. – SEIU 521 Fresno Office
- December 2-3, Saturday 9:30 a.m. – Sunday, 1 p.m. – Video-Conferencing
Executive Board Minutes are posted on the website after the Executive Board has approved them at its next scheduled Meeting (in March, June, September, or December). Click here for 2017 reports.
Meetings via video/teleconference at the Bakersfield, Fresno, Salinas, San Jose and Visalia offices on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m.: dinner, 6 p.m.: meeting. Officers will not meet in months when the Full Executive Board meets, and will not meet in November due to Thanksgiving.
- January 24, 2017
- February 28, 2017
- April 25, 2017
- May 23, 2017
- July 25, 2017
- August 22, 2017
- October 24, 2017
Officers’ Meeting Minutes are posted on the website after the Officers’ have approved them at their next scheduled Meeting (in January, February, April, May, July, August, or October). Click here for 2017 reports.
Budget & Finance Committee Meetings
Via video/teleconference at the Bakersfield, Fresno, Salinas, San Jose and Visalia offices, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 5:30 p.m.: dinner; 6 p.m.: meeting. No meeting in December.
- January 19, 2017
- February 15, 2017
- March 15, 2017
- April 19, 2017
- May 17, 2017
- June 21, 2017
- July 19, 2017
- August 16, 2017
- September 20, 2017
- October 18, 2017
- November 16, 2017
The Budget & Finance Meeting Minutes are posted on the website after both the Budget & Finance Committee and either the Executive Board or Officers have approved them in the following month. Click here for 2017 reports.
Region 1: San Mateo & Santa Clara counties
Region 2: Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz counties
Region 3: Alpine, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Stanislaus & Tuolumne counties
Region 4: Madera & Fresno counties
Region 5: Inyo, Kern, Kings & Tulare counties
Former CEO Kristy Sermersheim Comes Out Of Retirement
SEIU Local 521 Executive Board has elected Kristy Sermersheim to be Interim Chief Elected Officer of the union, following the departure of Luisa Blue who now serves as SEIU International Executive Vice President.
On June 25, 2016, two new Executive Board Officers were sworn in: Mullissa Willette, Secretary, and Kristy Sermersheim, Interim Chief Elected Officer. Kristy will replace Luisa Blue until a new CEO is elected.
Luisa Blue Elected SEIU Executive Vice President at Convention
On May 22, 2016, SEIU Local 521 Chief Elected Officer Luisa Blue was elected Executive Vice President of SEIU International at the #SEIUnstoppable International Convention in Detroit.
Executive Board Kicks Off Transformation Process
Newly elected SEIU Local 521 Executive Board gathered in March 2016 in Wonder Valley near Fresno to kick off critical transformation process to #UniteFightWin for working families.
SEIU 521 Localwide Elections
The results are in for the elections for our Localwide Officers, Executive Delegates, and Trustees for the 2016–2019 term of office, and to amend the Local 521 Bylaws!
Click here for the election results.
The 2014 Convention program included our Community First message and delegates watched the following movie: What does Community First mean?
Elected board for 2013-2016:
Executive Board Members Booklet 2013-2016 (PDF)
521’s birthday and Kristy’s retirement
This year’s birthday party for SEIU Local 521 on May 21 also gave members an opportunity to send former 521 Chief Elected Officer Kristy Sermersheim off to a happy retirement. Check out the photos!