March 2014

County Chapter Leadership Update 3/21/14

The County Chapter held a meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, to swear-in the white balloted candidates from the December election.

County Swearing InCounty of San Diego Chapter President, Kelly Monge, led the oath of office and SEIU Local 221 is pleased to announce the new County Chapter Leadership Council members:

New County OfficersPresident: Tracey Carter

Treasurer: Carmen Perez

PR Seat: Robert Grable

Secretary: David Gonzalez


Kelly AwardPresident David Garcias also presented Kelly Monge with an award for her outstanding leadership as the San Diego County Chapter President. Thank you Kelly for your dedication to the members of SEIU Local 221.


We will be holding another election for the contested county chapter seats of Vice President and the Clerical (CL) Seat. Please save the dates of April 22nd – April 26th for the re-run election. More details to follow.

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SEIU 2014 Endorsement List

To download a flyer of the following list with candidate photos, please click here.

Federal Offices
James Kimber, 50th Congressional District
Juan Vargas, 51st Congressional District
Scott Peters, 52nd Congressional District
Susan Davis, 53rd Congressional District

State Office
Jerry Brown, Governor
Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor
Kamala Harris,Attorney General
John Perez, Controller
John Chiang, Treasurer
Alex Padilla, Secretary of State
Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner
Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ben Hueso, 40th State Senate
Toni Atkins, 78th Assembly District
Shirley Weber, 79th Assumbly District
Lorena Gonzalez, 80th Assembly District

San Diego County
Jim Wood for Board of Supervisor, District#5
Robert Brewer, San Diego District Attorney
Dan McAllister, County Treasurer
No Recommendation – San Diego County Assessor / Recorder / County Clerk

Imperial County
Raymond Loera, Imperial County Sheriff*
John Renison, Imperial County Board of Supervisors*
Norma Galindo, Imperial Irrigation District Board of Supervisors,Division 5*
Matt Dessert, Imperial Irrigation District Board of Supervisors, Division 1*
James Hank, Imperial Irrigation District Board of Supervisors, Division 3*

City of San Diego
Sarah Boot, City Council District#2
Myrtle Cole, City Council District #4
Carol Kim, City Council District#6
David Alvarez, City Council District #8
Yes on Prop B & C, Barrio Logan Community Plan Update

City of Chula Vista
Mary Salas, Mayor
Steve Padilla, City Council
Pat Aguilar, City Council

Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified School District Board, B
Michael McQuary, San Diego Unified School District Board, C

Maria Senour, San Diego Community College District, District A*
Rich Grosch, San Diego Community College District, District C*
Peter Zschiesche, San Diego Community College District, District E*
Edwin Hiel, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, District 1*
Debbie Justeson, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, District 2*
Greg Barr, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, District 5*
Alicia Muñoz, County Board of Education, District 3*
Rick Shea, County Board of Education, District 5*

Candidates with an asterisk (*) by their name are endorsed by San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, all others are endorsed by SEIU Local 221


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SEIU Announces Endorsements in SD City & County Races

On March 18, 2013, the members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced their endorsement for the following races in San Diego County:

  • Jim Wood for Board of Supervisor, District#5
  • Robert Brewer for San Diego District Attorney
  • Sarah Boot for San Diego City Council District#2
  • Carol Kim San Diego City Council District#6

SEIU also announced support for Yes on Prop B & C (Barrio Logan Community Plan)

“We are proud to support candidates we can count on to put our community first and ensure our public 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.

Click here to see the full list of SEIU endorsed candidates and initiatives.

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 San Diego County include SEIU 221, SEIU Local 1000 and SEIU-USWW.

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Let the wage re-opener begin!

Chula Vista Employees Association (CVEA) met with the City on March 4th and proposed wage increases for all employee’s.  The CVEA bargaining team will meet with management again on March 28th.

During last year’s contract negotiations, you proved that CVEA EMPLOYEES HAVE THE POWER TO IMPROVE OUR FUTURES!  You attended rallies and City Council meetings, gave your personal testimonies, and showed that there is strength in numbers and your voices were heard!  WE MUST NOT LOSE OUR MOMENTUM as we keep pressing towards recovering the wages that were promised to us!

The Fiscal Year 2015 budget will be presented at the City Council meeting next Tuesday.  We are asking ALL employees to request time off to attend in purple shirts.  This will be our first action and full participation is critical:

Chula Vista City Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your board members:  Michelle Castagnola, Nicole Hobson (CVEA Treasurer), Rusty James, Lisa Luevano (CVEA Coordinator), David Moran, Nanci Plouffe, Sergei Senoff, Martie Solomon, Darlene Trujillo-Lopez (CVEA Vice-President), Kim Vander Bie (CVEA President), and Wayne Zarling.

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