Region 5: Kern, Kings & Tulare

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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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Labor Day
Labor Day - Pancake Breakfast - 2017 Final
Unless workers in every region can win unions, crooked politicians and corporations will continue to rig the system and workers will lose. Workers are bringing the fireworks this Labor Day – and we are taking on the politicians and corporations who fight to keep wages and workers down. On Labor Day, join the national day of action to stand up for our right to unite and to fight for a better future.
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Nearly one in two tax dollars set aside for mental health and substance abuse treatment in Kern County will be spent this year without meeting any statewide standard for open bidding or contractor performance. The enormous sum — $86 million — represents contracted out spending in just a single department among dozens lacking in accountability. That’s because Kern and other county governments are currently exempt from laws that require schools, community colleges, libraries and state agencies to meet basic good government standards when they contract public services to the private sector.

Read the rest of Michael Calderon’s LTE on why AB1250 is so important.

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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