Fresno Superior Court

We represent 263 workers at Fresno Superior Courts (Units 6 & 15)

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Breaking News

Bargaining Team Nominations are NOW open!

Nominations are now being accepted for Bargaining Team members for the upcoming contract negotiation.  Each department below is allowed one (1) Bargaining Team member and one (1) alternate:

  • Child Custody Recommending Counselor/Family Court Mediator
  • Court Reporter
  • Office Assistant
  • JA Courtroom
  • JA Office

Only members can participate.
These Bargaining Team members do not reflect chapter leadership who sits on this committee.
To nominate a member, members must be in good standing.

To nominate a member, please submit your form in any of the following ways:

  • Fax form to (559) 261-9308
  • Mail form to SEIU Local 521 office, Attention: Units 6 & 15 Election Committee, 5228 E. Pine Ave, Fresno, CA  93727
  • Email your nominations to

Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2016
Election will be held in May 2016
Election Committee Members:  Kristi Garcia, Lechelle Gonzalez and Charlotte Ratliftt-Gaboni

Click print nomination form: FSC, Bargaining Team Nomination Flyer 5.5.16

Chapter Leadership Election

Only members are allowed to vote.  You may change your membership status by filling out a new membership application. Applications can be filled online, picked up at the union office at 5228 E. Pine Ave., Fresno or by calling (559) 447-2560.

The following members were unopposed and are therefore automatically elected as your chapter leaders:
President – Stacy Obel-Jorgensen
Unit 6 Vice President – Barbara Graves
Unit 15 Vice President – Mary Martinusen
Chief Steward – Vera Coots

You will be voting on the Secretary/Treasurer position only.  The nominees are:
Lorraine Artiaga and Lucy Saucedo

Ballots will be counted at the union office at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.


Many of you have pointed out that the issues you face as court workers directly impact the civil rights of courts users. To that end, the Steering Committee would like to collect stories that reflect key issues impacting the courts.

These stories will be shared with the SEIU California Government Relations, Communications and Political teams to help develop leave behinds, testimony and official material for the 2016 Courts campaign.

Can we count on you to share your story?

Share Your Story Today:

Contact information for members will be not shared, unless you give us permission.

Thank you to those who have already shared their stories. Your testimony has been very helpful as we develop Op-Eds and other materials critical to winning this campaign!

Tipping the Scales Toward Justice Newsletter

Click here to view pdf: Court Update March 2016 (PDF)

The Future of California’s Courts Hang in the Balance
Latest Judicial Branch Proposals Would Lower Quality of Services to the Public and Hurt Court Employees

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, Tulare City of Wasco-Kern)
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!

Better Valley Health – March 21, 2016
Members of the Better Valley Health Coalition, seeking to improve access to healthcare for all residents, spoke up for fairness and partnership at a San Joaquin Valley Insurance Authority (SJVIA) board meeting on March 18.
Click here to read more 
Members Stand Up for #BetterValleyHealth.

Chapter Meetings & Events

Units 6 and 15 Meeting

Date: Thursday, April 21
Time: Noon – 1 p.m. (lunch will be provided)
Location: Courthouse, Dept. 50


  • Officer election results
  • Bargaining Team nominations


Please RSVP your attendance at (559) 447-2579 or to

Sign Up Here for Steward Trainings:


Chapter News

Chapter Officer Election Dates
Thursday, March 24 though Thursday, April 7 

Ballots will be counted Wednesday, April 20 at 5:15 p.m.

Read the news article about the closing of the all the courtouses outside of the city of Fresno.

Contribute and participate in the SEIU 521 Court blog to take back our courts.

Sign-up for email alerts:

Visit our courts blog: Stop Court Waste

Chapter News Archive

Chapter Leadership

Courts Leadership
President – Stacy Obel-Jorgensen
Unit 6 Vice President – Barbara Graves
Unit 15 Vice President – Mary Martinusen
Chief Steward – Vera Coots
Secretary/Treasurer – vacant

Shop Stewards
Barbara Graves
Natalie Kesterson-Kjar
Doreen Perkins

Chapter Contract(s)

Fresno Superior Court Bylaws (PDF)
Fresno Superior Courts Unit 6 MOU 10.6.14 – 9.30.16 (PDF)
Fresno Superior Courts Unit 15 MOU 10.6.14 – 9.30.16 (PDF)
Fresno Superior Courts Unit 15 Electronic Reporters Transcript Pilot Project Extension 1.1.15 – 6.30.15 (PDF)

Chapter News Archive

FSC Meeting Flyer 3.17.16 (PDF)
FSC, Leadership Nomination Flyer 2.18.16 (PDF)
FSC Meeting Flyer 12.17.15
FSC Meeting Flyer 11.19.15
FSC Meeting Flyer 10.15.15
FSC Save the Date Flyer 9.17.15
FSC, Odyssey Training and Implementation Flyer 3.6.15
Fact Sheet Oct. 2014
FSC Voluntary Furlough Leave Program Flyer (PDF)
Courts Leadership Nomination Flyer Due May 2 (PDF)
Courts Bargaining Team Nomination Flyer Due May 2 (PDF)
FSC Meeting Dept. 50 Flyer 4.15.14 (PDF)
FSC Meeting Dept. 50 Flyer March 24 (PDF)
FSC Meeting Dept. 50 Flyer March 11 (PDF)

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