SEIU 721 represents public employees in dozens of cities from Los Angeles to Orange County. Our members work hard everyday to keep parks clean, streets paved, traffic moving, and to keep their cities safe and running smoothly.
Members of the Los Angeles Professional Managers' Association (LAPMA) are invited to attend a very special Holiday Luncheon. Thursday, Dec. 12 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Taix French Restaurant 1911 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 90026 RSVP and more info.
At the Luncheon, LAPMA will present the 2013 Clark Robins Award for Management Excellence, as well as LAPMA's annual scholarship to a deserving college student.
On Oct. 24 and then on Nov. 9, hundreds of SEIU 721 LA City members came out to get information on the upcoming contract campaign. Stewards and workplace leaders from all departments attended.
City workers heard from President Bob Schoonover and Executive Board members Nady Maechling, Andy Morales, Edwina Chism, Simboa Wright and Charley Mims. Then, they participated in breakout sessions to discuss 2014 bargaining priorities. LA City contracts expire on June 30, 2014.
Members raised issues that impact their work, their families, their futures and their communities.
On Sept. 24, SEIU 721 members and community allies with the Refund LA Coalition protested at the LA headquarters of Brookfield Office Properties, one of the largest commercial property owners in the United States.
More than 100 SEIU 721 members marched to Mayor Garcetti's office on Sept. 25 to let him know that things aren't working in LADOT. They sat down with a senior staff member and asked to meet with the mayor face to face soon.
It was a powerful action. Members got to voice their concerns.
For decades, LADOT has been an efficient, high-functioning department. SEIU 721 members there keep LA moving by maintaining essential services, providing new commuter options and regulating traffic across the city. Angelenos rely on the work members do. But the current General Manager has promoted policies that have hurt LADOT, such as:
Nominations for the LA County and LA/OC Cities Regional Councils will be accepted by Petition.
SEIU 721 members who have been in continuous good standing for the preceding two years are eligible to be nominated. Eligible candidates may begin to collect signatures from current full dues-paying members in good standing starting on Sept. 23, 2013.
In August, Mayor Garcetti and IBEW Local 18 tentatively agreed to a four-year contract covering 8,200 DWP workers. IBEW had been negotiating with the city for almost 18 months. Their members are voting on the contract now.
DWP Contract Snapshot
-Extends their current MOU to 2017. -No raises for three years. Defers 2 percent COLA to year four. -Entry level salary reduction for 34 common classes. -Creates a second pension tier for new hires.
This year's Labor Day festivities brought SEIU 721 members into the streets across Southern California to celebrate the many contributions of working families to our society.
At the Port of LA, SEIU 721 members joined with the Coalition of LA City Unions to march for respect, dignity and good jobs at the 34th annual Labor Solidarity Parade. Dozens of members turned out, including SEIU 721 President Bob Schoonover, Vice President Linda Dent and State Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer.
SEIU 721 members took part in a series of events across Los Angeles commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
On Aug. 28, a rally outside LA City Hall
featured speakers from community groups and churches, including SEIU
721 President Bob Schoonover.
March on Washington was about jobs. Today, our movement is still
about the need for more good jobs. Fast food and other low-wage workers are demanding better
pay and benefits and we need to get them there. We also need to keep our
middle-class City and County jobs so that people can live with the
dignity they deserve." -Bob Schoonover, SEIU 721 President
Just days earlier, on Aug. 24, hundreds of people marched to historic Leimert Park, the heart of LA's African-American community for a rally and reenactment of the 1963 event, including Dr. Martin Luther King's famous, "I Have a Dream" speech. SEIU 721 members who work for LA County, LA City, Riverside County and their families marched with other union members, clergy and community allies.
See pictures from both events here:
"I felt it was important to celebrate with Dr. Martin Luther King started
50 years ago. I don't want people to forget that. There is still work
to do and we need to keep working at it. SEIU 721 is helping to keep
that dream alive." -David Warpness, Riverside County Children's Social Services Worker and SEIU 721 Executive Board Member
"Commemorating the March on Washington is very important for our community and for our history. We should learn and continue the dream in our workplaces. My co-workers and I work very hard and want to serve our patients, but the caseloads are so high. We need more staff. Our union strength will get us there." -Sandra McGowan, LA County Patient Resources Worker, Department of Health Services
On August 17th at Dodger Stadium, SEIU 721 members devoted their Saturdays to LA County's families. Members gave out backpacks, served food and educated people about the Affordable Care Act at the Fresh Start Festival, which was organized by our brothers and sisters at ULTCW.
On Saturday, Aug. 17, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Dodgers Stadium (1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles 90012), working families are invited to make a fresh start of the school year by attending the annual Fresh Start Festival.
It's also a chance to think about generating a fresh start for California's economy through civic participation.
Write us a message and we'll get back to you. If you may be facing a disciplinary situation at work, please call the SEIU 721 Member Connection immediately: (877) 721-4YOU, Monday through Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.