Laid-Off Workers

Get Help

If you have been recently laid-off and were a member of SEIU Local 521, please contact us to find out how SEIU Local 521 can help.

– We are offering 6 months of paid dues to keep you in good standing with the Union.

– Workshop Trainings by EDD Employment Specialists:
1. How to deal with job loss;
2. Managing your personal resources;
3. Assessing your skills & experience;
4. Researching the job market/job search;
5. Networking;
6. Writing resumes & cover letters;
7. Tips on how to interview for a job.

THIS IS JUST SOME OF WHAT LOCAL 521 WOULD LIKE TO OFFER. COME AND EXCHANGE IDEAS, SIGN-UP FOR WORKSHOP TRAININGS, AND STAY PART OF OUR UNION.

For more information and for help, please contact:
Rebeca Amendariz, SEIU Staff, at Rebeca.Amendariz@seiu521.org

Resources for Community Assistance in Santa Clara County:
Agencies & Services in Santa Clara County (PDF)

Background: Chapter for Laid Off 521’ers

An unprecedented number of Local 521 members risk losing their jobs. Many more workers could find their positions deleted. Besides being a devastating blow to the individual members and their families, this is a huge loss for SEIU Local 521 because we stand to lose some of our best Union leaders.

Not wanting to let that happen, our Local 521 Executive Board has unanimously approved in 2009 the formation of a new Chapter: The Laid-Off Workers Chapter.

SEIU Local 521 members who are laid off can stay in the SEIU family and join the new Chapter for only $2 a month.

With board approval to use up to $100,000 from the local union strike fund to start the program, members will get:
– Training on how to apply for new jobs
– Use of Union office computers for job searches and access to e-mail
– Continued personal insurance with the Union
– Job leads within Local 521 or any other SEIU local
– Special web page on www.seiu521.org (this web page) to exchange information
– 6-months dues paid
– Staff assistance and coordination

“I support this concept of a ‘Laid Off’ Chapter. It is so important to keep in contact with our members during this budget crisis. We can keep our members involved in SEIU activities, as well as use their expertise. It is important that our members never feel they are forgotten.”
— Rachel Grocha Welch, Forensic Chemist
(Santa Clara Valley Medical Center)

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