Local 521 Executive Board

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, executive board delegates and trustees 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.

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2020 Executive Board Meeting Calendar

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SEIU 521 Executive Board meeting minutes are posted in MemberLink under the Documents tab.

Full Executive Board Meetings
Meets quarterly. 

  • March 28 – 29, 2020 – 9:30am Saturday – 1pm Sunday – Fresno
  • June 27 – 28, 2020 – 9:30am Saturday – 1pm Sunday – Fresno
  • September 26 – 27, 2020 – 9:30am Saturday – 1pm Sunday – Fresno
  • December 5 – 6, 2020 – 9:30am Saturday – 1pm Sunday – Fresno

Officers’ Meetings
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 28, 2020
  • February 25, 2020
  • April 28, 2020
  • May 26, 2020
  • July 28, 2020 
  • August 25, 2020
  • October 27, 2020

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 15, 2020
  • February 19, 2020
  • March 18, 2020
  • April 15, 2020
  • May 20, 2020
  • June 17, 2020
  • July 15, 2020
  • August 19, 2020
  • September 16, 2020
  • October 21, 2020
  • November 18, 2020

Exception: No Budget and Finance Meeting in December

Regional Meetings
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

Caucuses and Committees Meetings

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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.
Learn more.

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!

New Trustees and Executive Board Members

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

A Message from Riko Mendez, Chief Elected Officer – August 2017
Riko MendezAfter dozens of meetings and conversations with union members across our local, my belief that we have what it takes to build a union that thrives into the future has been reaffirmed.

We face many challenges ahead, from bosses that are always trying to find a way around our hard-fought contracts, to the threat of massive federal budget cuts, to fights for our healthcare, and finally to looming attacks against our right to have a collective voice at work.

We have a vibrant rank and file membership that is ready to lead, and I will make it my priority to ensure that we build a union where member leadership is at the core of what we do. If we unite behind our common goal and vision for a more just society we will overcome these challenges, hence our new localwide newsletter, “Together We Rise.”

Read the CEO’s full report here: www.seiu521.org/ceo 

Message from Riko Mendez, Chief Elected Officer
January 31, 2017
“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.

SEIU 521 Election Results
January 31, 2017
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.
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