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:
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,
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.
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 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 Times, Voice 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.
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.
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.
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.
President, SEIU Local 221