August 2018

Attend General Membership Meeting

SEIU Local 221’s annual membership meeting is Sept. 22. Learn about the work of member leaders and the union’s future. Refreshments and childcare will be provided. RSVP to or (858) 560-0151 ext. 241. Wear your purple shirt and you could win a prize!

10 a.m. Saturday
Sept. 22, 2018
Machinists Hall
5150 Kearny Mesa Road
San Diego CA 92111

Resolution forms are available on our website by clicking here and at the Local 221 office. Resolutions can be submitted by email to, by fax at (858) 560-1299 or dropped off at the Local. Resolutions must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. All resolutions to be voted on will be available for review on and at the Local by Sept. 19. Members will vote on any changes at the meeting.


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‘Public charge’ change would hurt families

Medical and social programs were created to keep families and children safe and secure. A Trump rule change would deter people from using programs they are entitled to use: healthcare, education, nutrition and other vital services.

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Demand an end to patient dumping

Across the state, hospitals dump homeless patients in the streets. This results in further illness and sometimes death.

California Senate Bill 1152 will end the cruel practice of homeless patient dumping by establishing minimum standards for how hospitals should discharge homeless individuals. This includes ensuring homeless patients are not discharged in hospital gowns to unknown locations.

Call Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher

Tell her to support SB 1152 to stop patient dumping. All patients – including homeless individuals – deserve dignity and respect.

San Diego Office (619) 338-8090
Sacramento Office (916) 319-2080

Then send an email by clicking this link


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State audit: County nurses understaffed

It took a state audit to show what is obvious to every Public Health Nurse: the County’s systematic understaffing is impacting nurses and patients. A report released by the California State Auditor on July 26 determined that the County of San Diego could not support its claim that it has enough Public Health Nurses to keep the public safe. SEIU Local 221 member leaders approached State Sen. Ben Hueso about taking the issue to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee about a year ago because of staffing concerns.
       “The County’s response to this audit is that it is still meeting ‘numerous measures,’ but this is something it is only able to do because Public Health Nurses are working overtime and not taking breaks,” said Vanessa Garcia, California Children’s Services Senior Public Health Nurse. “Rehiring retirees and stretching nurses to do more isn’t sustainable and leads to work injuries and burnout.”

Read the complete state audit here

News coverage:
NBC7 – Audit Shows Public Health Nurses Overworked, Understaffed
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Voice of San Diego
California Healthline

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