Region 5: Kern, Kings & Tulare

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Kern County Rising up!

On February 7th and 8th our bargaining team met with the County’s Human Resources department to discuss outstanding items that impact our Kern County workforce. We are now preparing to ensure that all workers are respected for the valuable services we provide to our community. The discussion was instrumental in helping our team get to work.

Overtime amendments:

We are still not in agreement with the overtime issue that is impacting workers across the County. While the County has offered Holidays to count as hours worked for the purposes of overtime, we still have essential and critical workers throughout the County that work 24 hours a day and are impacted with a potential loss of overtime if taking time off during that week. The Board of Supervisors is now threatening to contract out our public works and this is not a        solution. Our first responders in Public Works and DHS are critical to our community, and are often better trained and more cost-effective than contracted services. We will continue to meet with the County to try and resolve this overtime issue that impacts our community.

Stay tuned, get involved and fight back.

Kern County Update – Feb 9 (PDF)

MEmbers march in Christmas parade in Visalia


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SEIU Local 521 members marched in the 71st annual Candy Cane Lane Parade in downtown Visalia, helping bring holiday cheer to thousands. This year’s theme was “A Storybook Christmas.” SEIU members decorated and marched along with the Winter Wonderland Float. The parade was televised on ABC Channel 30 Fresno/Visalia.


Labor Day
Bakersfield March
Community activists, union members, and workers across the country came together on Labor Day 2017 for a national day of action to say “No” to a rigged economy and “Yes” to workers’ rights.

Workers took a stand on Sept. 4 to defend our right to unionize and fight for a better future. From Watsonville to Bakersfield, and from Fresno to San Jose, members of SEIU Local 521 and allies called on elected leaders and corporations to stand with working people, to champion our fight to raise wages, and support our right to join unions so that everyday Americans have a fighting chance of getting ahead in our economy.

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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!

Sonja Bennett

Welcome to the Region 5 section. Sonja Bennett is our Region 5 Vice President. Region 5 covers workers in Kern, Kings and Tulare counties. 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)

More events in Region 5 | More news in Region 5

Chapters in Region 5:

Events & News in Region 5:

Union Offices in Region 5: Bakersfield | Hanford | Visalia

Chapters in Kern County:
Arvin, City of
Bakersfield, City of
Bakersfield ARC (BARC)
Bear Valley Community Services District
Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK)
Edison School District
Kern County
Kern County Superior Court
Kern County Water Agency
Kern Regional Center
Kern Medical
Kern Retirees
Laid-Off Workers
North Kern Cemetery District
North of the River Sanitation District
Public Cemetery District Number 1
Shafter, City of
Shafter Modified Community Correctional Facility (MCCF)
Standard School District
Taft, City of
Taft Union High School District
Wasco, City of

Chapters in Kings County:
Hanford, City of
Kings Community Action Organization
Kings County
Kings County Superior Court
Laid-Off Workers

Chapters in Tulare County:
Laid-Off Workers
Lindsay, City of
Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District
Student Transportation Inc.
Tulare County
Tulare County Superior Court

Union Offices in Region 5:

1001 17th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: (661) 321-4160 | Fax: (661) 325-7814

101 N. Irwin Street, Suite 203, Hanford, CA 93230
Phone: (559) 587-1521 | Fax: (559) 587-1524
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Staff often available in the office at other times, please call to confirm.

1811 W. Sunnyside Ave., Visalia, CA 93277
Phone: (559) 635-3720 | Fax: (559) 733-5006

Events in Region 5:

Steward Trainings Bakersfield Visalia

Region 5 Officer Meeting
Second Tuesday of each month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Please contact local office prior to the meeting for information.

Kern County Chapter Officers’ Meeting
Second Tuesday of each month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Please contact local office prior to the meeting for information.

COPE Meetings Visalia: Second Tuesday, 6 p.m.

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

Steward WorkshopsSteward Workshops

SEIU Local 521’s Education & Training Committee is proud to sponsor the 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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