December 2018

Happy holidays – we can be proud of what we accomplished together this year

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Together, we won some great victories this year and defended the voices of working families. This is especially notable in a year in which billionaire special interests brought Janus vs. AFCSME before the Supreme Court to try to sabotage the power of working families. We stood together and their plan backfired with many unions actually gaining membership after their attack.

A few other highlights include:

  • Members like you who are part of the Member Political Organizer Committee walked and called to elect strong voices for working families in November. Measure D also won and moves the final vote for county offices to November when the most people vote.
  • Candidates we supported won, including Supervisor-Elect Nathan Fletcher. On Jan. 7, Fletcher will be sworn in at the Board of Supervisors. If you want to attend the meeting, RSVP by clicking here. Dr. Jen Campbell and Monica Montgomery will sit on the San Diego City Council as advocates for working families. In North County, we gave Mike Levin the support he needed to Flip the 49th. We also supported many other pro-working family candidates in North County, including Catherine Blakespear, Tasha Boerner Horvath, Barbara Hamilton, Priya Bhat-Patel and Jody Hubbard
  • On Jan. 1, 2019, the State of California’s minimum wage will increase to $12 an hour. SEIU led statewide efforts to fight for this increase, members spoke out and we organized the Raise the Wage San Diego coalition. When the minimum wage increases to $12 an hour, this will raise the wage-floor for everyone and create upward pressure on wages.
  • On Jan. 4, 2019, County employees’ wages will increase by 3 percent. If, after January, you do not see these increases reflected in your pay, please contact your work site organizer or the SEIU Local 221 Advocacy Center at (858) 268-7020.

Our unity and fighting spirit will move us forward in the new year when we will face many challenges including the County of San Diego’s need to invest in staffing as illustrated by this state audit. Sign this petition to tell the county to do the right thing before we are hit by the next crisis.

Thank you for standing strong. I hope the holidays provide you and your family a restful time to reflect and prepare for the challenges ahead. From our family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday and a great new year!

In solidarity and happy holidays,

David Garcias
President, SEIU Local 221

P.S. Know union holdouts at your worksite? Give them and yourself the gift of worker power by getting them to become members now. You can even use this calculator to show them that an investment in a strong union pays dividends for their career.  It is easy to become a member, and they can do it online by clicking here.

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State audit slams San Diego

On Dec. 20, the state confirmed what we all know: The County is cutting corners with staffing, and it is putting our entire region at risk.

The state’s audit found that the County of San Diego might have lessened the impact of the 2017 Hepatitis A outbreak by acting more quickly.

The report faults the County for not investing in “resources — primarily, nursing staff — needed to carry out the vaccination program,” which might have curbed the 20 deaths and 400 hospitalizations attributed to the outbreak in our County.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on this news and the fact that the County knew that this outbreak might be among the ‘worst’ ever months before it ramped up its response. The New York TimesVoice of San Diego, Fox 5 and KUSI also covered the story.

Let’s make sure that the County gets the message that this cannot happen again.

Sign this petition to tell the county to do the right thing before we are hit by the next crisis.

The state audit should be a wake-up call for the county. Click on this link to tell the county to invest in staff increases for public health nurses and across all county departments to prevent future crises and provide the services San Diegans deserve.

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Got your COPE tickets yet?

 Get COPE tickets for your chance to win at the SEIU Local 221 Holiday Party.
 
Members: Call (858) 560-0151 to order yours.
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Two wage increases starting in January

This is a reminder that starting Jan. 1, 2019, the State of California’s minimum wage will increase to $12 an hour. SEIU led statewide efforts to fight for this increase, members spoke out and we organized the Raise the Wage San Diego coalition. When the minimum wage increases to $12 an hour, this will raise the wage-floor for everyone and create upward pressure on wages.

Additionally, starting Jan. 4, 2019, County employees’ wages will increase by 3 percent.

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Wage increases like these are only possible when members stand together and show management we are willing to fight for a livable wage for working families. One of the most important parts of negotiations is showing management that members are engaged. Get involved in upcoming union events by clicking here and talking to your work site organizer. If you know of any employees that haven’t signed a membership card yet, ask them to sign up now. The entire process now can be done online by clicking this link.

If, after January, you do not see these increases reflected in your pay, please contact your work site organizer or the SEIU Local 221 Advocacy Center at (858) 268-7020.

In solidarity,

David Garcias
President, SEIU Local 221

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