Through our organizing and advocacy work with decision makers at the countywide and statewide level, SEIU has helped to make vaccinations available to more essential workers starting on Saturday, Feb. 27, including:
If you fall into one of these groups, the County has said that it is sending emails on Feb. 26 inviting us to sign up voluntarily.
We are continuing to fight for other workers to move to higher tiers and get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Our advocacy also forced the Cal/OSHA Standards Board in November to strengthen protections for all California workers from COVID-19 in the workplace. This gives us specific, mandatory requirements for employers to follow to reduce transmission of the virus at work.
Are your coworkers forced to report to work when they have been exposed to COVID-19? Is management insisting on providing services in-person that could be remote? It feels like we’re living in an episode of “Black Mirror” or “The Twilight Zone,” but this is the reality in County Libraries where I work.
As fellow public and nonprofit service professionals, you know as well as I do that the bosses will get away with whatever they can, whenever they can. If they do this to us, they’ll do it to you next (or maybe they already have).
The only way we can make sure our health and safety are protected is by fighting back with the power of our union. Just today, County Executives gave in to our demand for better, more protective respirator masks to be distributed to Library staff. It’s not enough, but it’s a real win for workers.
As you’re reading this, you might be thinking, “What about my workplace?” You might say, “We need respirators,” or “We need time off when we’re sick.” I want you to know that County Library staff will stand with you in your fights too.
After you sign the petition, please feel free to respond to this email to let us know how we can support you and your coworkers. We are all stronger together!
Library Steward and Worksite Power Builder
SEIU Local 221
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.