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It’s Time to Elect Chapter Officers for 2018-2020 Term

Chapter Officer Nomination Notice
Any member who has been in continuous good standing for 12 months prior to nomination and who is presently working in the County of Tulare, is eligible for nomination and election to an Officer position.

Nominations will open 8 a.m. on November 11 for Chapter Officers’ positions.  You may nominate yourself or a co-worker who you feel will represent you best.  Please make sure the member you are nominating wishes to serve.  To nominate your candidate, you may e-mail, fax, mail or drop off your nomination form to the union office.  ALL nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, November 27, 2017.

All nominees will receive confirmation by e-mail or telephone call in receipt of the nomination request and verification of acceptance.  Per Chapter Bylaws, Chapter Officers elected will serve a two-year term.  The term will begin in January 2018 and end December 31, 2020.

Notice of Nomination for Chapter Officers (PDF)
Nomination and Election Timeline Flyer


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Nearly 100 people joined a community action at Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office today to fight for our health and persuade him to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Chapter News Archive

Chapter Meetings & Events

Chapter General Membership Meeting
Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
SEIU Local 521 Office, 1811 W. Sunnyside Avenue, Visalia

Chapter E-board Meeting
Every 1st Wednesday  – 6-8 p.m.
Meeting held at SEIU Local 521 Office, 1811 W. Sunnyside Avenue, Visalia

Political/COPE Meeting

Monday, Nov. 13 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Union Office, 1811 W. Sunnyside Avenue,  Visalia

Anyone currently contributing to COPE or who is interested in learning more about the committee is encouraged to attend.

Dinner will be provided; Please RSVP your attendance at (559) 635-3720

Click here to view or print flyer: COPE Meeting Flyer 11.13.17(PDF)

Steward Workshops
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Chapter Leadership

Chapter Officers
Chapter President: Vera Cruz, HHSA
1st Vice President: Sabrina Ramos, Child Support
Vice President Unit 1: Kathleen Wilmes, HHSA
Vice President Unit 2: VACANT
Vice President Unit 3: Michelle R. Jones, Child Support
Vice President Unit 4: Nick Carrillo, HHSA
Vice President Unit 6: VACANT
Vice President Unit 7: VACANT
Secretary-Treasurer:  VACANT

Chapter Stewards
Having a problem at work? Contact your worksite steward first:
Steven Brown (AG) (559) 804-6047
Michael Elizondo (Public Defender) (559) 636-4510
Greg Gomez (TCICT) (559) 636-4851
Rick Holmes (ICT) (559) 636-4854
Margaret Jaramillo (VDO) (559) 624-8115
Patricia Jones (DCSS) (559) 713-5955
Colleen Kane (Vis Plaza) (559) 624-7127
Richard Kelsey (HHSA Mental Health) (559) 788-1216
Socorro Negrete ( Tulare WORKS) (559) 562-7413
Sonia Negrete (Tulare WORKS) (559) 562-7431
Sabina Ramos (TCDCSS) (559) 713-5975
Rosaena Sanchez (Tulare WORKS) (559) 562-7436
Jonathan Ramos (TCDCSS) (559)

Bargaining Team

Chapter President
Sabina Ramos

Bargaining Unit 1
Stephanie Souza, Title & Admin Tech II

Bargaining Unit 2
Clifford Rockholt, Grounds Worker

Bargaining Unit 3
Laura Hernandez, Child Support Officer III

Bargaining Unit 4
Ty Inman, Self-Sufficiency Counselor

Marlene Spencer and Melissa Wilson

Chapter Contract(s)

Tulare County Contract 07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019
Tulare County Bylaws Adopted 6-28-11 (PDF)

Chapter News Archive

Local 521 Convention 2017

Tulare County Chapter Members
The nomination period is now closed.  It is time to elect your representatives and send them to the Local 521 Convention to represent YOU!  Please take time to vote for your representative.  To see voting schedule and candidates click on the PDF.
Local 521 Delegate Convention Chapter Election (PDF)

Tulare County Dispatcher Survey
Click here to view tentative agreement:
TC Contract Ratification Vote Flyer
Bargaining Update May 25

Bargaining Update May 22
Bargaining Update May 3

Bargaining Update – April 26
Bargaining Update April 13
Tulare County Contract Update

Tulare County Newsletter March 2017
Tulare County CAT Meeting 5.8.17(PDF)
Membership Meeting Flyer – Veteran’s Park (PDF)
Membership Meeting Flyer – Blain Park
Chavez Legacy March Flyer 2017(PDF)
SJVIA will not freeze Kaiser enrollment in 2017 Click here for the flyer.
SJVIA Update – Sept. 8, 2016
Victory: We Won Back-Pay! Click here for more information.
Join Eligibility Workers from Across California
Tulare Workers, We Did It! Click here for flyer
2017 Bargaining Survey 2017 Bargaining Survey.
Does the County Owe You Money? Payout Review Meeting Schedule (PDF)
Three Rivers Leadership Summit
Tulare leadershipWe’re ready to start even more workplace conversations about the need for a strong union in the Central Valley after leaders met and trained for member-to-member outreach this weekend. Our Spring Surge is developing leadership and getting new tools in the hands of members so we can build a union that can stand up to any challenge, whether it comes from the Supreme Court or a single bad boss.

The hands-on training this weekend taught members how to have heartfelt conversations that move away from ideology and back to the real reasons we need our union. We are going to try to educate, agitate and inspire every worker so that all of us have a better future and we have a stronger presence in the workplace and in the community.

Better Valley Health Survey for 521 Members Take the survey now!
SJVIA Healthcare Update – April 29, 2016 Click here to read more!
Rosaena Sanchez for Board of Supervisors – District 1
Tulare County Newsletter – March 2016
Health Insurance Summit and Membership Meeting
TC Officer Nomination Notice and Form
We have a contract!

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