Region 4: Fresno & Madera

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2016 Primary Elections: Voter Guide
In SEIU 521’s democratic endorsement process, members vetted potential candidates, evaluated their positions, and weighed the issues before making their final recommendation for endorsement. Find out where and when you can volunteer.

Fresno Precinct Walks
You have the opportunity to change our community for working families.  We are stronger together! Every hour helps get pro-union leaders elected into office.
Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sign up form: Phone Bank Precinct Walk Flyer April 23 through June 7 (PDF)
Contact Mai Thao at (559) 447-2560 or email at

Jennifer JensenWelcome to the Region 4 section. Jennifer Jensen is our Region 4 Vice President. Region 4 covers workers in both Fresno and Madera counties. We represent approximately 7,300 workers combined within 14 different chapters, including city workers, county workers, schools workers and much more. Take a look around the site and learn more about your contract; your chapter leadership; and important meetings and events that are coming up. Thank you.

Meet SEIU 521 Local-wide Officers, Executive Delegates, and Trustees (2016–2019)

Tentative Agreement reached with Fresno County for Health Benefits Contribution – Vote Starts Monday, May 23

Health Benefits Contribution Voting Schedule
Vote starts Monday, May 23 and ends Thursday, June 9

Fresno County Health Insurance Tentative Agreement Effective 7.4.16 (PDF)

SJVIA Update – May 16, 2016
We’ve Reached a Tentative Agreement in Fresno

After meeting with Fresno County over the last seven months regarding our healthcare contributions, we finally have movement. While we believe there is still more work to do, we have reached a tentative agreement in our latest negotiation session.

For the 2016 plan year, the County is willing to increase the Employer Contribution by $10 per pay period for all SEIU Represented workers, which would be effective July 4, 2016. Ratification Votes will take place in the upcoming weeks, starting Monday, May 23.  Only full members will be able to vote. Not a member yet? Join today!

“SEIU was the moving party on getting an increased contribution on healthcare for all Fresno County Workers.”  – Carlos Cortes, Labor Relations for Fresno County

We still need to act!  SJVIA is considering upwards of 19% increases for the upcoming plan year as well as a mid-year rate hike.  On June 24, 2016 there is an SJVIA Board meeting where they will be voting on recommendations that directly impact each of us. Contact your worksite steward or internal worksite organizer for more information.

Want to get more involved in the healthcare fight?  Come to our next Coalition Meeting, Wednesday, June 1 at 5:30 pm in the SEIU Fresno Office.

“Don’t sit on the sidelines; get in the game! We have to fight together to improve the lives of all workers.”  – Riley Talford, Fresno County Chapter President and Supervising Juvenile Correctional Officer

If you haven’t filled out the Better Valley Health survey yet, start by clicking here. If you filled out the survey, please share the link with your co-workers.

Better Valley Health Survey for 521 Members
A Health Survey for SEIU members in the San Joaquin Valley (Fresno County, Tulare County, Kings County, City of Hanford, Kings Superior Courts, Fresno Superior Courts, First Student Chapter, Student Transportation of America, City of Wasco)
The San Joaquin Valley is a challenging environment for health and healthcare. As union members, we are at the forefront of working to improve quality-of-life standards for our communities, but as workers we face our own personal health-related issues. This brief survey is designed as the first step to help assess how workers feel about their health/health care coverage and identify wellness programs that could promote better health outcomes.
Take the survey now!

Children Over Politics
Children Over Politics
Do you have a child who could learn and be passionate about something meaningful? Maybe you know a young person who would benefit from volunteering? If so, we are looking for the future of the labor movement between the ages of 15-25 to engage in our new youth advocacy group called Children Over Politics.
Read more

Next Meeting: Saturday, May 28
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Union office, 5228 E. Pine Ave., Fresno

Click here to view flyer: Children Over Politics 5.28.16 (PDF)

SEIU 521 Members Deserve a Fair Election

Coming together, and fighting strong together, SEIU Local 521 members in Fresno County were able to secure a contract that puts us back on the road to recovery after years of cuts.

The election of Bargaining Unit 2 over the past month had serious flaws and errors and we will be filing charges with PERB to contest the results.  Read more.

Steward Workshops

2016 Steward Workshops
SEIU Local 521’s Education & Training Committee is proud to sponsor the 2016 Steward Workshop series. Our union is growing. With the help of our dedicated members and shop stewards, SEIU Local 521 will continue to direct the power of our union back into the workplace where it belongs. Any SEIU 521 member can attend these free trainings. Sign up now!

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Union Offices in Region 4: Fresno

Chapters in Fresno County:

Central California Legal Services
Coalinga, City of
First Student
Fresno Area Substitute Teachers – FASTA
Fresno County (All Units)
Fresno Retirees
Fresno Superior Court (Units 6 & 15)
Fresno Unified School District – FUSD
Housing Authorities of the City and County of Fresno – FHA
Laid-Off Workers
Riverdale Joint Unified School District

Chapters in Madera County:

Community Action Partnership of Madera County (CAPMC) – Head Start
Laid-Off Workers
Madera County (COMPA & SEMC)

Union Offices in Region 4:

5228 E. Pine Ave., Fresno, CA 93727
Phone: (559) 447-2560 | Fax: (559) 261-9308

Events in Region 4:

Unless specified, all meetings and events take place at SEIU Local 521, 5228 E. Pine Ave., Fresno (Between Olive & McKinley, off Peach)
RSVP: or (559) 447-2579.

Steward Trainings:
Fresno, Merced and Modesto

Fresno Executive Board Meetings
Sept. 8 | Oct. 13

Caucuses & Committees Monthly Meetings

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