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Highlights of Tentative Agreement

What you need to know (and thank you for your patience!)

Our Community First contract campaign pushed for county investment in frontline services and workers in order to address real crises in the county, such as, critical shortage of staffing; inability to recruit, retain, develop quality workers, and a looming labor shortage. In addition, we pushed the county to address income inequality and public safety. We believe the TA moves us in the right direction.


1st Year: 4.5%
2nd Year: 3%
3rd Year: 3%
4th Year: 3%

NO changes to out-of-pocket healthcare premiums
NO changes to health insurance options*
NO changes to PERS [retirement/pension]

*NOTE: Fuller details at

All full dues-paying members are eligible to vote on this tentative agreement.
Voting sites and times will be announced soon, plan to vote next week!

Not yet a member? Join the winning team!

Strike called off!

Tentative Agreement reached for 4 years. Voting times and locations to come. Please thank your Amazing Negotiating Team…. 72-hour nonstop bargaining:

Contract update on June 29: Prepare to strike

If we go on strike, the strike will begin at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, and everyone is expected to report to one of the following locations:

  • 70 West Hedding, San Jose 
  • 1867 Senter Road, San Jose 
  • 1555 Berger Road, San Jose 
  • Gilroy Library, 350 West 6th St., Gilroy 
  • Valley Medical Center, 751 South Bascom, San Jose

We will be running picket lines at Valley Medical Center and at 70 W. Hedding for 24 hours. You are expected to join the picket line at the time in which you regularly report to work. If you work 8 hours a day, you are expected to be on the picket line for 8 hours.

Essential workers: At Valley Medical Center, please report to picket line #10, located at the corner of Ginger and Moorpark.  For the other sites, please report to picket line #1 station. Bring a copy of your subpoena and your county badge. We will issue you a badge to enter the area.

EVERYONE should join the picket lines tomorrow at 6 a.m. if we go on strike. We will come find you if you are needed to report to work and/or you have been personally delivered a court order. Also, the county will inform the union if some in the 475 are missing from work and we would go track that down.
Only 475 employees are deemed essential by the court (PDF).

We continue to be negotiating with the county today. And one of two things will happen: Either we reach a tentative agreement or we strike tomorrow morning, Tuesday, June 30 at 6 a.m. You will get the news first on Facebook, so please stay tuned:

Scam Alert !!! Don’t Be Fooled

County resorts to desperate (and illegal) scare tactics

County workers are reporting that managers are informing them they are considered “essential workers” and, therefore, prohibited from striking on June 30. This is only the latest in a series of scare tactics management is using because, obviously, the county is scared of what will come if 9,000 workers WALK OFF THE JOB on Tuesday.

FACT: Only a court order that is served on the worker can keep a worker from joining the strike on the 30th.

Read more here.

County May Block Our Emails

The county may block our email communications, so please make sure we have your personal email address and/or your cell phone number on file and encourage your co-workers to sign up for email and/or text updates:

June 30: Ready. Set. STRIKE!

Santa Clara Strike AnnouncementIt’s official: Members are fired up and ready to go on an unfair practice strike on Tuesday, June 30. The announcement was made at a press conference today by members and community leaders at county headquarters.

For more information on the press conference, click here.

The power of strike is power through numbers! Unless we get a fair agreement by June 30, we need each and every member to be ready to hit the picket lines.

Let’s keep the momentum going as the countdown begins!

On Saturday, June 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., come to SEIU 521, 2302 Zanker Rd., San Jose to make picket signs, and cheer on the Social Services Unit as they gather for a side table contract negotiation.

Things will be happening quickly in the coming days. The fastest way to get the latest is on Facebook. Remember to like our Facebook page and check the latest information there:

Questions and Answers: If we need to strike…

Find out what working without a contract means.

BOS Meeting, June 23

We spoke at the last Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, June 23 before their July recess. The room was full: Thanks for your support!

See photos and videos on Facebook; like and share them with your co-workers:

Rally June 19 on Bascom Ave.

Rally June 19 on Bascom Ave.

Friday, June 19 we rallied at 2450 S. Bascom Ave. to show the county that we are willing to do whatever it takes to put our Community First.  Our negotiating team will most likely be negotiating all day and night this weekend.

98% Vote for Strike Sanction

RallyAn overwhelming majority of Santa Clara County workers voted on June 16 to seek a strike sanction from the South Bay Labor Council.

Once a strike sanction is obtained, the Negotiating Team will then go back and seek a “strike authorization” vote from the membership.

For more information, read the Strike Sanction Vote Questions & Answers.

Media Coverage:

Tonya York Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors watched two videos featuring community leaders addressing crises in the county, such as homelessness and understaffed 911 dispatchers.

Watch these two videos here:

Luisa Blue on stageWe had a powerful rally on June 16. During the rally, seven posters were on stage representing 7 days of the week and the crises faced by the county (PDF).

Check out the photos and videos by following the #sccountyincrisis hashtag:

Post your pictures with the #sccountyincrisis hashtag or email them to

Public Safety in Crisis

SCCo-Contract-Update-20150603-side2After several negotiation meetings, representatives for Santa Clara County still have not presented a real economic proposal and actually told our Negotiating Team that members are “milking Workman’s Compensation.”

Let’s continue to let the County know that we are willing to do whatever it takes to put Our Community First! Add your name to the petition now and contact Luke Leung at to let him know you are concerned that the County is mismanaging our 9-1-1 Department, endangering workers’ safety and putting our community at risk:

Read more (PDF)

SCCo--diabetes-nurse-ratio-color-qrPublic Health in Crisis
We have a shortage of nurses!

Do something about it. Ask the county to invest in a quality workforce:

Like and share the “healthcare crisis” graphic on Facebook:

Check out the rise of inequality in Silicon Valley
Share these infographics widely on Facebook and elsewhere.
We need the support of our community to get a good contract!

Weekly Unity Breaks!
Join us every week for unity breaks to support your Bargaining Team and remind management that we are STRONGER TOGETHER!

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Sign the petition today! Then, tell your co-workers, neighbors, friends and family members to sign it:

We represent nearly 11,000 workers at the County of Santa Clara.

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Chapter Meetings & Events

Weekly Unity Breaks!
Join us every week for unity breaks to support your Bargaining Team and remind management that we are STRONGER TOGETHER!

Leadership Council / General Membership Meeting:
3rd Thursday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
RSVP at or (408) 678-3300.

Next meetings:

  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17

CAT Meetings
Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
SEIU 521 office, 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose

Back Log meetings with county
2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Healthcare Reform Member Committee meetings
The Tuesday before the 4th Thursday of the month, 6:00 p.m.
SEIU 521 office, 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose

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Chapter News

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PRESS RELEASE: Team Based Work Applauded by County

Congratulations to the Labor Management Workgroup, which appeared before the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on April 21, 2015 to receive a commendation for their work which has made significant improvements across SCVHHS.

Read the full press release (PDF)


SCCOfarmersmarket1Santa Clara County Workers Launch Campaign with “Fruits of Our Labor”

Off to a “fresh” campaign start, members educated the public about the vast array of vital services available to residents.

Bargaining Updates (PDF):

Click here for more contract updates and news.

Chapter News Archive


Chapter Leadership

Chapter Officers Chapter Chair:

  • wRen Bradley, Social Services

Deputy Chapter Chairs:

  • Teresa Perez, Social Services
  • Marvin Gin, VMC


  • Diana Marroquin, Community Health


  • Michael Dunleavy, Social Services

Vice Chairs:

  • APT – Pauline Wade
  • Blue Collar – Lupe Sandoval Jr., ROV
  • Clerical – Muriel Frederick, Clerk of the Board
  • Eligibility Supervisors – Frank Medina, AAC
  • Eligibility Workers – Claudia Eck, DEBS
  • Environmental Health – Peder Eriksson, Jr, EVH
  • Probation Counselor Safety – Thaddeus Bangle
  • Public Health Nursing – Timothy Hill, Public Health
  • Social Services – Hector San Roman, Social Services
  • Social Service Supervisors – Carla Torres, South County

Chapter Stewards – Updated May 8, 2015
Stewards A-Z (PDF) | Stewards by Dept (PDF)

Chapter Bargaining Team 
County of Santa Clara Bargaining Team 2015

Chapter Contract

Santa Clara County Chapter Contract-2013-2015 (PDF)
SSA-DEBS Continuing Operations Side-letter (PDF)
Santa Clara County Chapter Bylaws (PDF)

Chapter News Archive

The Worker’s Voice – December 2014 (PDF)

Chapter Election Results – UNOFFICIAL
Unofficial VOTE TALLY – FINAL COUNT (Oct. 10, 2014)

The Workers’ Voice VOL 33, NO 6 – September 2014 (PDF)

The Workers’ Voice VOL 33, no. 5 – June 2014 (PDF)

The Workers’ Voice Vol. 33 no. 4 – May 2014 (PDF)

The Workers’ Voice Vol. 33 no. 3 – March 2014 (PDF)

The Workers’ Voice Vol. 33 no. 2 – March 2014 (PDF)

The Workers’ Voice Vol. 33 no. 1 – January 2014 (PDF)

Exempt Versus Non Exempt Job Classes (PDF)

Santa Clara County wage increase comes just in time for the Holidays
Dec. 2013 SEIU 521 won an important wage increase victory this past August when our SEIU 521 Community First campaign pushed the Santa Clara County to offer a 5% wage increase (over two years) on the same day members were scheduled to vote for a strike date.

Community First: Not just a slogan
We stood together and put Community First.
Read the op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News about how our work continues. (Sept. 23, 2013)

We have a contract (Aug. 2013)

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