September 24, 2013

Bargaining Update 9.24.13


Last week SEIU members voted 86% YES to ratify the Tentative Agreement!  This year’s ratification was the largest turnout in years.  The bargaining team is confident that members agree that progress was made towards the membership’s goals.

The SEIU membership continues to grow every month because employees know that if we do not organize around our common goals, work together towards a more productive relationship with our employer, and make progress for ourselves as a working middle-class, no one will.

Together we are stronger and we encourage all County employees to join SEIU so that we can be an even more effective Union.  This is our Union!

Ultimately, a union is a group of people who wield power when they are committed to take action to reach their goals.  Signing a membership card is the first step, being actively aware and engaged is step two, and staying united when the going gets tough is step three.  This year a large percentage of the membership was willing to go the distance to win a fair contract.  The membership, activists, and worksite leaders are more committed than ever!  What 2013 taught us is an activist based Union is more effective than the service based model of unionism of the past.

To each and every one of you who wore purple, took a unity break, marched through the streets, came to a meeting, made a phone call, or encouraged a friend to join the Union…WE DID IT!

Next Steps

 – 10/8 Board of Supervisors Meeting at 9 a.m.

(1600 Pacific Highway)  Members are encouraged to attend!  Board scheduled to vote on the TA.

– 10/26 General Membership Meeting at 10 a.m.

(Al Bahr Shriners – 5440 Kearny Mesa Road)

– 11/9 County Chapter Leadership Summit

(Location TBD)  Stewards/worksite activists encouraged to attend.  Learn new contract language and the plan to win the the years to come!

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