First of all, many of you have heard that management has verbally agreed to be flexible on the EPMC, or employer paid member contribution deadline. This comes after a powerful petition boycott action, but it’s not the victory we need just yet. Your bargaining team presented a proposal for fair wages, and management responded with a rejection and then refused to give a counter proposal. They stated that they would look at another proposal from us, in effect asking the union to negotiate against itself.
2014 has been a powerful year for our union.
Our members fought and won strong contracts throughout the county in Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, Fallbrook, Grossmont, and Calexico. We have been standing up for retirement security at SDCERA, our county pension fund. Together we collected over 1,000 petition signatures and testified three times before the SDCERA board to protect the retirement security of ALL county employees. We are proud to welcome the San Diego Red Cross blood technicians and we look forward to beginning negotiations for a strong contract in 2015.
We are continuing to build bridges within our communities through strategic partnerships and increased activism. We have fought to raise the minimum wage in the city of San Diego, and we are looking forward to a victory at the ballot box in June of 2016. We have been tireless supporting fast food worker in their fight to win raises and form a union. We know that as union members we need to continue to fight for all working families and stand up for injustice everywhere.
Our stewards program continues to grow and showcase excellent leadership and development. 2014 saw Local 221 members standing strong against unfair disciplines and wrongful terminations. The Advocacy Center and Stewards have handled over 600 cases on behalf of our members. Of the approximately 500 cases closed, our Union has either won, settled or resolved almost 300 of those cases.
Next year we will grow bigger and stronger. We’ll be building more strength for our 2017 county contract fight by growing our membership. We’ll be getting ready for the 2016 election by increasing our COPE contributions. We’ll continue to put people first by fighting for fair contracts and quality services in all of our jurisdictions. We will continue to support fast food worker organizing and working with communities across San Diego.
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday and a great new year!
November 4th…It’s here! Have you voted yet?
Together we can stop dangerous politicans who cut important public programs to the bone and then balance the budget on the backs of working people. But we can’t do that unless you VOTE today.
Everyone who works hard for a living should be able to support their families without having to live on the brink, regardless of where you were born or what zip code you live in.
Below you’ll find the resources so you can answer the following questions before casting your vote, to ensure you don’t run into any problems:
For all the information you need tomorrow to vote, please visit here.
This election, SEIU members are supporting candidates who will make the economy work for all of us, not just the wealthy few.
SEIU Local 221 is committed to ensuring each of our members casts their ballot. The 2014 November 4th Election is 7 days away, and will be a low turnout election, so every knock, phone call and worksite conversation will make a huge difference.
The precinct walk locations are:
Chula Vista: 779 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA. For more information, please contact Worksite Organizer, Mark Leo, at email@example.com or (619) 992-4243.
National City: 3414 Eleanore Place, National City, CA. For more information, please contact Worksite Organizer, Mark Leo, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 992-4243.
Join us for our final push before Election Day. We need your help between Tuesday, October 28th and Election Day, November 4th, to turn out our voters. Sign up for phone banking and precinct walking with members and voters today!
Let us know we can count on you to volunteer, please click here to sign up for volunteer days!
The annual Stewards Banquet was held at the Best Western Island Palms Hotel. The banquet is a special event to honor all of the hard work, dedication and commitment our Stewards make to Local 221 and its members. For more photos, visit our Facebook album here!
On Saturday, October 18th, SEIU Local 221 members and staff got out the vote! From the South Bay to Vista, members knocked on doors to make sure we elect leaders who will pursue an agenda defending vital services and creating good jobs, for the working men of women of San Diego.
James Kimber, 50th Congressional District
Scott Peters, 52nd Congressional District
Susan Davis, 53rd Congressional District
Jerry Brown, Governor
Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor
Kamala Harris, Attorney General
Betty Yee, State Controller
John Chiang, Treasurer
Alex Padilla, Secretary of State
Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner
Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Ben Hueso, 40th State Senate
Shirley Weber, 79th Assembly District
Raymond Loera, Imperial County Sheriff*
John Renison, Imperial County Board of Supervisors*
Norma Galindo, Imperial Irrigation District Board of Supervisors, Division 5*
Matt Dessert, Imperial Irrigation District Board of Supervisors, Division 1* James Hank, Imperial Irrigation District Board of Supervisors, Division 3*
Gene Chavira for South Bay Irrigation District Seat #1*
City of San Diego:
Carol Kim, City Council District #6
Jennifer Mendoza, City Council
City of Chula Vista
Mary Salas, Mayor
Steve Padilla, City Council Pat Aguilar, City Council
Ed Spriggs, City Council
Laurie Bragg, City Council
Ron Morrison, Mayor
City Council: Mona Rios
City Council: Ken Seaton-‐Msemaji
Vote Yes on Proposition D
Chuck Lowery, City Council*
Erubey Lopez, City Council*
Proposition G, The City of Escondido Charter Measure*
Michelle O’Connor Ratcliff for Poway Unified School District
Charles Sellers for Poway Unified School District
John Riley for Poway Unified School District
Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified School District Board, B*
Michael McQuary, San Diego Unified School District Board, C*
Maria Senour, San Diego Community College District, District A*
Peter Zschiesche, San Diego Community College District, District E*
Arturo Solis for Sweetwater Union High School District, Seat #1*
Adrian Arancibia for Sweetwater Union High School District, Seat #2*
Frank Tarantino for Sweetwater Union High School District, Seat #3*
Nicholas Segura for Sweetwater Union High School District, Seat #4*
Paula Hall for Sweetwater Union High School District, Seat #5*
Francisco Tamayo for Chula Vista Elementary School District, Seat #1*
Leslie Ray Bunker for Chula Vista Elementary School District, Seat #3*
Eduardo Reyes for Chula Vista Elementary School District, Seat #5*
Griselda Delgado for Southwestern Community College Seat #1*
Nora Vargas for Southwester Community College Seat #2*
Maria Betancourt-‐Casteneda for National School District*
Josh Clorfeine for Del Mar Union School District*
Rick Cassar for Mira Costa Community College*
Luciana Corrales for National City School District*
Gloria Chadwick for Grossmont Healthcare District*
Dara Czerwonka for Palomar Healthcare District*
Dale Bardin for Palomar Healthcare District*
Hans Sisson for Palomar Healthcare District*
Frank Gould, Short Term Seat for Tri-‐City Healthcare District
Jane Mitchell, Short Term Seat for Tri-‐City Healthcare District*
Louis Montulli, Long-Term Seat for Tri City Health District*
Proposition 1: Ensures a safe, reliable water supply- Support
Proposition 44: State Reserve Policy- Neutral
Proposition 45: Approval of Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes- Neutral
Proposition 46: Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors/Medical Negligence Lawsuits- Neutral
Proposition 47: Stops wasting prison space on low-level nonviolent crimes- Support
Proposition 48: Maintains Gaming Compacts with good jobs- Support
Candidates with an asterisk (*) by their name are endorsed only by San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council process, all others have been endorsed by SEIU Local 221 through our town hall process.