May 2020

Keeping pressure on the County to protect all workers


More than 50 County employees, family members, and community allies took our message of #EquityForALL to County executives May 18. Calling out members of the Board of Supervisors who recently shot down hazard pay, we demanded fair pay and economic security, investment in public health and PPE and public services to #ProtectAllWorkers and communities.

Follow this link to view powerful photos of our co-workers coming together in the Supervisors Caravan of Shame at the County Operations Center.

Our public actions have won widespread media coverage for front-line workers:

NBC 7 San Diego reported on safety issues County workers are experiencing.

“We put ourselves on the line often,” said Lisa Garcia from Child Protective Services. “I had to pick the safety of my work family over my family.”

Adult Protective Services’ Nico Portillo also spoke out about safety concerns.

“I am afraid, you know, that I can contract the coronavirus,” Portillo said. “I have to make sure the people I work with are living in their homes safely.”

The Times of San Diego also wrote about the caravan and the need for safety equipment for front-line employees.

CBS News 8, KUSI and KOGO radio also covered the action and the need to protect workers.

We made our voices loud and clear May 18, but this is only the beginning. As County executives enter their budget-setting process, SEIU members will be taking further action to make sure our needs cannot be ignored. Send Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer an email now by following this link and tell her to negotiate to protect our safety and family security. If you’re not a union member, now is the time to invest in your career, your coworkers and your family. It’s quick and easy to join online, so follow this link and join now.


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