October 22, 2014

NHA Update: Management proposing 30% healthcare increase by 2017!


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Justice Delayed, Not Justice Denied

Last week, the City Clerk verified the signatures of the anti-minimum wage referendum. The Sick Leave-Minimum Wage ordinance which would help hundreds of thousands of hard-working San Diegans is now delayed for at least 18 months. 

The San Diego City Council unanimously approved putting Sick Leave-Minimum Wage Law on the next regularly scheduled ballot (June 2016). Thank you to those who turned out, spoke up and helped spread the word! #RaiseUpSD

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us that the arc of the moral universe is long, but that it bends towards justice. When the Sick Leave-Minimum Wage law goes into effect, WHEN, not IF, it will help more than 200,000 San Diegans, and their family members, who struggle daily to make ends meet on poverty wages. 

To volunteer or get more involved sign up here: http://www.raiseupsandiego.org/get_involved

*This article was originally featured on the Raise Up San Diego website

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SEIU Lottery Scholarship


Brittney Zarling was awarded the SEIU Lottery Scholarship recently. Brittney is currently attending San Diego State University as a Biology major with an emphaisis in Marine Biology. Brittney learned about the scholarship through her father, Wayne Zarling, who learned about it at a SEIU Local 221 meeting.

SEIU Local 221 is proud to congratulate Brittney Zarling on being awarded the SEIU Lottery Scholarship! Brittney is currently attending San Diego State University as a Biology major with an emphaisis in Marine Biology. Brittney learned about the scholarship through her father, Wayne Zarling, who learned about it at a SEIU Local 221 meeting.
“Growing up with a parent who was active in the union has been an educational experience because my father and I have been able to talk about all of the benefits a union can offer. For my family, the union has been crucial in providing us the opportunity to further improve or lives and the community around us. As a result, the union has given me the chance to further my education.”Congratulations, Brittney! We wish you all the best in your academic endeavors!To learn more about the SEIU Lottery Scholarship, click here.


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Center on Policy Initatives 17th Anniversary Gala


Real life super heros, the men and women who are taking a stand for dignity and respect for fast food workers.

The Center on Policy Initiatives hosted their CPI 2014 Gala “Raise Up San Diego!” honoring individuals who have risen above and beyond to become superheros for economic justice in San Diego, California.

The nights honorees were Todd Gloria, for his visionary leadership, Toni G. Atkins, Speaker of the Assembly for continuing to be a champion for working people, Fast Food Workers for taking a stand for dignity and respect in the workplace and responsible business owners, for doing the right thing for business, employees, and the local economy.

For more photos from the gala, click here!

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Support Food 4 Less Workers Across San Diego County!

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UFCW Local 135 and SEIU Local 221 stand in solidarity with Food 4 Less workers!

SEIU Local 221 stood alongside dozens of community, faith based and Labor are in front of Food4Less stores to show that we support the fight of our UFCW Local 135 brothers and sisters who are employed by Food4Less. They deserve fair wages, health care benefits, more hours and the ability to share in the company’s profits.

Please visit: www.hardworkfairpay.org to learn more about how you can support Food 4 Less workers. To see more photos from the action, please click here.

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Third Annual Stewards’ Recognition Banquet


The annual Stewards Banquet was held at the Best Western Island Palms Hotel. The banquet is a special event to honor all of the hard work, dedication and commitment our Stewards make to Local 221 and its members. For more photos, visit our Facebook album here!

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Make a Joyful Noise

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SEIU Local 221 member Elene Bratton started Jamie’s Joy after losing her 5-year-old son in a distracted driver accident. Jamie’s Joy is dedicated to helping children in need and raising awareness for traffic safety.

SEIU Local 221 is proud of all of the positive contributions members make across San Diego communities. On Saturday, July 20th, 2014 SEIU Local 221 members and staff attended Jamie’s Joy, a foundation that SEIU Local 221 member Elene Bratton started when her son Jamie was tragically killed in a car accident.

Each year Jamie’s Joy focuses on a quality of Jamie’s legacy and finds deserving organizations that imbue that quality through the services they provide.  
This year Jamie’s Joy honored Reality Changers. Reality Changers began in May 2001 with four 8th grade students near downtown San Diego with the hope of building first generation college students. Starting with just $300 to its name, Reality Changers has now given more scholarship awards to college-bound students than any other single program in San Diego County since 2006 and become California’s leading mentorship organization for scholarships in June 2009.

For more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook album here!

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Invisible, No More


On September 19th, Apple debuted the iPhone 6. SEIU Local 221 joined service workers in tech who are standing up for good jobs in the industry. #TechCanDoBetter


Members of SEIU Local 221, Icwj San Diego, San Diego Labor-Council, SEIU United Service Workers West and California School Employees Association (CSEA) joined together in support of Apple service workers.

Members from SEIU United Service Workers WestSEIU Local 221Icwj San DiegoSan Diego Labor-Council and  California School Employees Association (CSEA)all joined together today to show solidarity.

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San Diego Housing Commission Picnic


From left to right: Gwen Miller, Cheng Ranasinghe, Edna Guerrero, Ursula Cartwright, Linda Brown, Gwenda Gordon, Michelle Hawkinson, Amira Anderson, Adam Caldwell, Anders Sanchez, Georgina Ortega, Debbie Dorsey, Denise Williams, Mamie McCall, Eric Smith, Damarios Camillo, Jeff Graves, Mariza Madrigal, Gloria Brown, Ron Floyd, Jane Lee and Marisol Martinez

The San Diego Housing Commission hosted a picnic for employees at Pepper Grove Park. SEIU Local 221 members attended and enjoyed the food and scenery. For more photos of the picnic, please visit our Facebook album here!


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