Bakersfield ARC’s mission is to build a stronger community by helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve individual goals for a better life.
November 16, 2016 – Our workers at Bakersfield ARC (BARC) are celebrating a Tentative Agreement on a first contract! After over a year of organizing and bargaining, we finally have an agreement that gives our workers more money, better protections and access to discipline and grievance procedures.
Our Bakersfield ARC workers provide essential job training, employment and support services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families in Kern County.
SEIU members make a difference at Bakersfield ARC
February 12, 2016 – At Bakersfield ARC (BARC), some of SEIU Local 521’s newest members are fighting for a first contract and fighting to keep our jobs serving a very vulnerable community. The newsclip shows just what is at stake for intellectually and developmentally disabled people and their families in Kern County.
This is why it’s important to build community partnerships and political allies in our ongoing efforts to put our Community First.
February 5, 2016 – Two programs at Bakersfield ARC are on the chopping block due to budget issues.
Gilbert Garcia, a grant writer for BARC, said, “These programs are so important to our community. I’m part of the bargaining team to get a good contract because quality services begin with rights for the workers.”
December 14, 2015 – Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP), Bakersfield ARC (BARC), and Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County, Inc. (4Cs) joined the SEIU Local 521 family in 2015. In 2016, we will continue the fight for strong first contracts!
MOU – BARC (PDF)