November 2020

Thankful for my union family

Thank you. During this holiday, when many of us are still on the frontlines keeping our community safer and families are making sacrifices by keeping celebrations small, we have much to be thankful for.

We have demanded that employers treat us as essential – not expendable. Bosses must #ProtectAllWorkers.

Thankfully, we have more allies in that fight, including Supervisors Elect Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas, who will join Nathan Fletcher as a pro-working family majority on the San Diego Board of Supervisors. This caps more than a decade of our work to elect candidates to the Board who support communities and the workers who provide essential services.

We are also thankful for the renewed fight to end anti-Black racism in our institutions, over-policing of Black and Brown neighborhoods and under investment in critical public services. We should also center, celebrate and honor the Indigenous peoples of our nation. In San Diego, we are living on the stolen land of the Cahuilla, Cupeño, Luiseno and Kumeyaay people. In Imperial County, we are living on the stolen land of Quechan people. We must always remember and acknowledge this.

We still have a lot more work to do. As we take time to rest and reflect this weekend, sign the petition demanding County executives invest in worker and community health and provide relief to working families. This is especially important as the pandemic begins to surge again.

I am thankful for my union family. We have worked hard to protect working people and the communities we live in and serve. The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting all of us, our region and our county, but I am thankful for the hard work we are doing together to make us all safer, better prepare us and prevent this from happening again.

In Solidarity,

David Garcias
SEIU Local 221 President

P.S. – Sign up a nonunion member, to grow our power and show management we are standing strong. You can sign a membership card online by following this link.

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Tell the CAO to support working families

San Diego County has fallen to the most severe level of COVID-19 restrictions and County jails are suffering “an explosion of new coronavirus infections.” County management needs to do everything they possibly can to get this outbreak under control. The newly elected Supervisors are a sign that things will improve for working families in our County, but we must keep up the pressure to support our communities.

ACT NOW: Sign the petition demanding County executives invest in worker and community health and provide relief to working families

As The San Diego Union-Tribune reported this week, the County jails are in crisis, with more than 250 employees and detainees infected with Covid-19. Sadly, this situation has led to the death of an SEIU Local 221 member, a detention counselor.

The County must immediately act to address this crisis, starting with ending the Sheriff’s reckless plan to contract out jobs in San Diego County. The County must redouble efforts to keep residents and employees safe.

“For months, detention employees and community supporters have warned Sheriff Gore that under-staffing and a push to outsource medical workers with for-profit prison contractors is a threat to public health and detainees’ lives,” said SEIU Local 221 President David Garcias. “Sadly, this COVID-19 outbreak illustrates how severe the danger is.”

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Give to holiday food and toy drive

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a generational public health and economic crisis, which is why the food and toy drive is more critical than ever this year. We are joining San Diego and Imperial County Labor Council to distribute to members in need on Dec. 17. We will not be having an in-person holiday party this year, but members can donate by dropping off at 3737 Camino del Rio South No. 403, San Diego 92108 or emailing christa.fink@seiu221.org to arrange a pickup.
2020 Food and Toy Drive

  • Drop off at 3737 Camino del Rio South No. 403, San Diego 92108, or contact Christa Fink at christa.fink@seiu221.org with questions or to arrange a pick up
  • Deadline Dec.13
  • Unused toys for ages 2 to 17 (no weapons)
  • Checks made out to San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council (cash donations welcomed)

We are stronger together.

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Union members had a big impact on the polls

We all deserve congratulations. SEIU Local 221 members worked for years to have a majority of strong worker voices on the Board of Supervisors, and SEIU Endorsed Candidate Terra Lawson-Remer is projected to win with a 19-point lead over the incumbent! She will join Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Nora Vargas, who is the projected winner in District 1, to form the first pro-worker majority on the Board of Supervisors in decades.

We also are excited to congratulate Todd Gloria on his election as Mayor of San Diego and are celebrating victories up and down the ballot throughout the county.

At the state level, the Yes on 15 campaign is too close to call. If passed, it would bring $12 billion to our schools and services throughout the state. Unfortunately, Prop 22, which would exempt big tech from providing worker protections, is projected to pass, so we will need to redouble our efforts to protect gig economy workers.

Essential workers turned out in record numbers to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. We are confident that when all the votes are counted, we will win because of SEIU members that phone-banked in Arizona, Florida and other key swing states. Union members and essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic organized their communities and showed up in record numbers to cast their ballots for new leaders who will reform our democracy, rebuild our country and fundamentally transform our economy. Essential workers sent a clear message: respect us, protect us, pay us. Now, it’s essential to count our votes.

There are many more victories in our cities and school boards, and we will share a full report as more votes are counted.

We all deserve congratulations, especially members that called, walked, texted and spoke to their co-workers about this critical election. It’s a new day at the County of San Diego, and the time is perfect to start getting ready to win a strong County contract. None of this could have happened without countless SEIU members speaking up in their workplace, communities and the ballot box. We encourage all members to take a moment to relax and savor this victory and prepare for our work ahead to continue to fight for working families.

In Solidarity,
David Garcias
SEIU Local 221 President

P.S. – Sign up a nonunion member, to grow our power and show management we are standing strong. You can sign a membership card online by following this link.

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