December 2013

City of Chula Vista Workers Vote to Strengthen Their Union

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Workers in the City of Chula Vista voted overwhelmingly for SEIU Local 221 in an agency shop election on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, setting themselves up for a united future in a stronger union.

MichelleI’m proud to say that our employees believe in and have achieved strength in numbers.” – Michelle Castagnola, City of Chula Vista Environmental Resource Specialist and CVEA Board Member

For years Chula Vista employees have worked in an open shop as part of the Chula Vista Employees Association (CVEA) and Local 221.  Now that agency shop is in place the Chula Vista members will have greater unity and resources.

KimThis victory will strengthen our union!  With agency shop, our represented employees will benefit with more resources and consistent representation.” – Kim Vander Bie, City of Chula Vista Associate Planner and CVEA President

Chula Vista workers banded together last year and won a contract that included wage increases and other gains, showing workers the power they have when they stand together.  The momentum allowed them to see what was possible and gave them the courage to run their agency shop election this year.

DavidIt’s good to see that the majority of the employees in the city decided to give financial support to CVEA/SEIU.  This will provide resources for ongoing representation and bargaining.  Everybody should pay their fair share!” – David ‘Aussie’ Moran, City of Chula Vista Electrician and CVEA Board Member

 

 

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SEIU Endorses Salas, Aguilar and Padilla in Chula Vista Races

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18th, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:
David Lagstein
david.lagstein@seiu221.org
(858) 560-0151×250

San Diego, CA – Today the members of the Service Employees International Union announced their endorsement for the 2014 Mayor and City Council races in Chula Vista.  The following candidates were endorsed:

  • Mayor:  Current Council Member Mary Salas
  • Council Seat #1:  Former Mayor and Council Member Steve Padilla
  • Council Seat #2:  Incumbent Council Member Pat Aguilar

“Mary Salas, Steve Padilla and Pat Aguilar each have a strong history of standing up for our community and ensuring our city employees are treated with respect and dignity.  We will be working tirelessly to ensure that they are elected in 2014,” said SEIU Local 221 President David Garcias.

SEIU’s endorsements are made in a town hall process in which members evaluate candidates’ policy positions, listen to them speak, interview them, and then make their recommendations.  The town hall are open to all members in each district.

SEIU California is a coalition of janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, head start workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. SEIU locals with membership in Chula Vista include SEIU 221, SEIU Local 1000 and SEIU-USWW.  We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive again.

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SEIU Endorses Salas, Aguilar and Padilla in Chula Vista Races

Chula Vista Town Hall

On December 18, 2013, the members of the Service Employees International Union announced their endorsement for the 2014 Mayor and City Council races in Chula Vista.  The following candidates were endorsed:

  • Mayor:  Current Council Member Mary Salas
  • Council Seat #1:  Former Mayor and Council Member Steve Padilla
  • Council Seat #2:  Incumbent Council Member Pat Aguilar

“Mary Salas, Steve Padilla and Pat Aguilar each have a strong history of standing up for our community and ensuring our city employees are treated with respect and dignity.  We will be working tirelessly to ensure that they are elected in 2014.” – David Garcias, SEIU Local 221 President

SEIU’s endorsements are made in a town hall process in which members evaluate candidates’ policy positions, listen to them speak, interview them, and then make their recommendations.  The town halls are open to all members in each district.

SEIU California is a coalition of janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, head start workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. SEIU locals with membership in Chula Vista include SEIU 221, SEIU Local 1000 and SEIU-USWW.  

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SEIU Scholarship Program

SEIU has a long and proud history of helping union members pursue their dreams through higher education.  SEIU offers scholarship opportunities to support studies in areas including the arts, social justice, labor studies and the healthcare field.  All scholarships are open to members and their children.

SEIU’s Scholarships

SEIU Lottery Scholarships (Apply here) $1,000 scholarships renewable for up to four years as well as $1,500 scholarships for one year of study.

The Bonnie Ladin Scholarship (Apply here) Available for SEIU members, their children and local union staff who are attending the National Labor College.  Bonnie Ladin was an organizer at SEIU for 20 years and played an integral role in building SEIU to make it the union it is today.  In honor of her tremendous contributions to the labor movement, SEIU created a scholarship in her name.

SEIU J.J. Johnson Scholarship (Apply here) One $5,000 scholarship renewable for up to four years is given to a student whose work and aspirations for economic and social justice reflect the values and accomplishments of J.J. Johnson, former president of Local 617 in New Jersey and one of the founding members of SEIU’s African American Caucus (AFRAM).

SEIU Moe Foner Scholarship (Apply here) Moe Foner founded Bread and Roses, a cultural program for union members.  One $5,000 nonrenewable scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a degree or training in the visual or performing arts, and who, like Moe Foner, believe the arts are a vehicle to advance social change.

Nora Piore Scholarship (Apply here) Born in 1921, Nora Piore was a public healthcare pioneer whose career spanned more than 60 years.  She worked as a union organizer, labor educator, college professor, healthcare economist and healthcare activist who changed the face of public health in the United States.  The scholarship is made possible by an endowment by the family of Nora Piore.  It is for $4,000 and is renewable for up to two years.

Applications

For more information about the scholarship program including links to online applications, click here.  We are encouraging all applicants to apply online – it’s easy, convenient and a greener way to go.

Deadlines and Notifications

– Applications must be filed online by 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time on March 3, 2014.

– Scholarships will be awarded and winners notified in the late spring of 2014.

– All of the awards will be announced on www.seiu.org in the fall of 2014.

Contact Information

If you have questions, please contact our scholarship administrators, ISTS, at (615) 320-3149 or 1321 Murfreeboro Road, Suite 800, Nashville, TN 37217.

 

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