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SEIU Local 721 Member Cecilia Hernandez-Garcia Wins Seat on VCERA Board
August 4, 2020
Congratulations to SEIU members on the election of their member-endorsed candidate for the Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA) pension board, Cecilia Hernandez-Garcia.  Cecilia is an SEIU 721 leader and former bargaining team member.   She is a welcome addition to the board and is now the only woman and … Read More
LA County – Don’t Be Alarmed by Layoff Seniority Lists
July 29, 2020
This week, some Departments in LA County have begun to distribute Seniority Fact Sheets to show how layoff seniority is calculated. Don’t be alarmed! Seniority lists are being created even in Departments in which budget curtailments are not projected to result in any layoffs at all. This is a precautionary … Read More
Now you can watch the Essential Workers hearing
July 28, 2020
We all know it because we’re the essential workers living through it – the health and safety risks we are facing are absolutely unprecedented to the point where LA County is fast becoming the COVID-19 epicenter. At our recent Essential Workers online hearing, members shared their experiences and voiced their … Read More
July 21, 2020
NEVHC: Special Vote on COLA
Due to financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Northeast Valley Health Corporation is proposing changes to the 3.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment that was scheduled to go into effect July 15. NEVHC’s original proposal was to postpone the entire COLA amount until January 2021. Our union’s counter offer … Read More
Want to save our jobs? Help us get dollars from DC
July 9, 2020
We’re going to face mass unemployment if we do not compel Congress to pass a strong HEROES Act that bails out state and local governments to avoid layoffs and budget cuts. That’s the bottom line. Congress already bailed out the richest of the rich months ago with $5 trillion in taxpayer … Read More
#ICYMI – Watch our union’s “State of the Union” now
July 6, 2020
It’s a critical year for working people. With COVID-19 still upon us and the economy collapsing around us, the stakes are higher than ever. That’s why we held a “State of the Union” – so we’re all on the same page and know the facts. Like so many other important … Read More
SEIU 721 Partakes in Commit to Equity Launch
July 2, 2020
SEIU 721 member leader Markeitha Harris was one of speakers featured in the Los Angeles launch of the Commit to Equity campaign, which calls on California’s elected officials to take bold action to fund our communities. “Leaders in Sacramento – I am speaking to you! Show us you are with … Read More
“We need more PPE!” – LA County DPH, it’s time to make our demand. Sign the petition!
We’re living in the new epicenter of the national COVID-19 pandemic but you wouldn’t know it given the lack of basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) we’re enduring on the frontlines at the LA County Department of Public Health. It’s been more than three months since California’s first COVID-19 shutdown yet … Read More
LA City Members: Do you know about the SIP Program?
July 1, 2020
In response to our City’s budget crisis during the COVID19 pandemic, our union worked diligently to negotiate a strong Separation Incentive Program (SIP) with the City of Los Angeles to help create savings in our city budget. This SIP was just approved and it packs a punch when it comes … Read More
Together, We Can Stop the Layoffs in the Sheriff’s Department
June 30, 2020
On Monday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a final budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21. The budget addresses a nearly $1 billion projected shortfall by eliminating over 3,200 positions which would result in an estimated 655 layoffs. The lion’s share of these projected layoffs, approximately 400, are … Read More
Take the Union Pride LGBTQ+ Survey
June 29, 2020
In case you missed it, the United States Supreme Court affirmed on Pride Month that an employer cannot fire a person because of their sexual orientation or gender identity! The 6-3 decision in the Bostock v. Clay County case represents a landmark victory for all LGBTQ+ identified workers in the United … Read More
Farewell to Cherri Newman – a dedicated Nurse, a giving soul and fierce fighter for workers in the High Desert
Most everyone working in our union’s Health Division knew Cherri Newman, who tragically passed away on June 16, 2020. Cherri was a Licensed Vocational Nurse at the High Desert Regional Health Center in Lancaster, working in the Ambulatory Care Clinic, where she was like a mother to everyone there and … Read More
Remind your network – call the Child Protection Hotline if you suspect abuse or neglect
June 26, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, calls to the LA County Child Protection Hotline have dropped by as much as 50 percent. This is very concerning. An astonishingly massive decrease in calls by half, virtually overnight, due to a commensurate drop in abuse defies credulity. It’s far more likely that calls aren’t … Read More
Tell your Senator to HOLD THE LINE on the HEROES Act
June 17, 2020
This global pandemic is challenging our social structures to the maximum, exposing the pre-existing conditions of our society – lack of health resources and economic resources for the most vulnerable in our communities. And our city and county workers are on the frontlines putting themselves in harm’s way risking life and death … Read More
LA County – Together, We Will Stop the Layoffs!
June 16, 2020
Together, We Will Stop the Layoffs! Yesterday, CEO Sachi Hamai reported that “the budget that will go before the Board of Supervisors on June 29 will include not only cuts in programs, but also potential layoffs of County staff.”  The threat of layoffs in LA County is the result of a … Read More
SEIU’s International Board Passes Resolution in Support of the Movement for Black Lives
June 15, 2020
At SEIU Local 721 we know that an injustice to one is an injustice to us all. That’s why we proudly stand with our allies in the Movement for Black Lives and have pledged to continue in the fight to dismantle white supremacy, systematic racism and end the epidemic of police brutality … Read More
SEIU 721 County of Ventura Members Win Increase to Maximum Vacation Accrual
The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc in our workplaces and in our lives. SEIU Local 721 is moving swiftly to keep up with all the changes in all our jurisdictions to help keep all workers and the clients we serve safe. Our union was able to argue and push for raising … Read More
Sign the petition to “Bring our workloads and caseloads down!”
Social workers at LA County’s Department of Children and Family Services bargained hard for an MOU that clearly specified what our caseloads should be and our timeline for achieving them. But the department has not met these goals. On average, social workers in the Resource Family Support and Permanency Division … Read More
Relief for workers, not blank checks for CEOs
June 11, 2020
For many SEIU 721 workers, in the course of their work they are required to confront and clean – whether it is germs, viruses, and diseases at a hospital or to clean up city parks to keep them safe. A virus as deadly as COVID-19 is different though and every day … Read More
State of The Union Tele Town Hall: June 24
We can all agree that 2020 has been one of the most demanding years in our lifetimes. The COVID-19 pandemic has come and the subsequent economic depression has put the work we do front and center. Join SEIU 721 President Bob Schoonover and Vice President Linda Dent as they host union … Read More
SEIU 721 Members Endorse Cecilia Hernandez-Garcia for VCERA Board
June 10, 2020
VCERA ballots will be mailed on June 19 to members under the Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA) pensions board – County of Ventura, Ventura Superior Court and Ventura Regional Sanitation District. We need your help. Now more than ever it is critical that we elect board members who have … Read More
SEIU 721 Joins Black Lives Matter, Clergy in Funeral Procession Honoring George Floyd
June 9, 2020
SEIU 721 members and their families joined Black Lives Matter, interfaith leaders, and labor and community groups for a funeral procession and memorial service Downtown Los Angeles honoring George Floyd and demanding justice for those killed at the hands of law enforcement. The funeral procession, which began in Leimert Park … Read More
Agreement Reached with LA County to Avert Layoffs
June 5, 2020
The County of Los Angeles and SEIU 721 reached an agreement Friday morning on a proposal aimed at averting layoffs and demotions. The Union rejected the County’s demands for postponement of negotiated raises as premature and unnecessary at this time. In order to avert thousands of proposed layoffs and demotions, … Read More
Stop The LA City Furloughs! Survey
  Make no mistake about it, we are facing a challenge like never before. The Mayor is proposing 26 days of furloughs. This amounts to approximately a 10% pay cut — this is unacceptable, and we are fighting this proposal every step of the way. On May 26th we sent a cease and desist … Read More
Demand Justice for George Floyd – “We Can’t Breathe Until Justice Is Served!”
May 29, 2020
These are troubled times for America, made all the more troubling by tragic events in Minneapolis, Minnesota recently – where two city police officers outrageously and senselessly took the life of George Floyd in a disturbing incident caught entirely on camera. As helpless onlookers pleaded in vain, police pinned down … Read More
LA County Proposes Hard Pay Concessions as an Alternative to Lay-Offs
To close a projected $943 million shortfall in the 2020-21 budget, the County of Los Angeles has asked SEIU 721 and other LA County unions to agree to several pay concessions: Suspend for one year, effective July 1, 2020, LA County’s matching contribution to employees’ Horizons 457 savings plan. Postpone … Read More
SEIU 721 Retirees Newsletter – Spring 2020
May 27, 2020
SEIU 721 President Bob Schoonover Issues Statement On Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak on Frontline Healthcare Professionals and Other Public Employees SEIU 721 has received reports of members’ concerns regarding exposure to the novel Coronavirus across the various city and county facilities that we represent. In this rapidly developing situation, public … Read More
We Saved the $15 Minimum Wage
May 26, 2020
Years back, SEIU 721 fought tooth and nail for a $15 minimum wage in LA County and today we successfully protected our victory! Today, the LA County Board of Supervisors announced that they will not be voting to postpone this year’s increase for working people. SEIU 721 represents more than 60,000 workers … Read More
City of Ventura – Overtime Extended for Some in Q and S Units
While the COVID-19 pandemic turns our world upside down, SEIU Local 721 is working swiftly to keep workers, their families and the residents we serve safe. During these extraordinary times City of Ventura workers have kept the city running. Through your hard work and because of the great needs during … Read More
Support the Heroes Act!
May 21, 2020
Furloughs and Layoffs in LA County?! We Can STOP Them by Getting Congress to Pass the Heroes Act!   Q & A on LA County Budget Crisis   Q:     Why is LA County CEO Sachi Hamai talking about furloughs and layoffs? A:        The COVID Emergency resulted in closed businesses in LA County and … Read More
Reminder: Fill out the 2020 Census!
May 18, 2020
The 2020 Census is underway and now more than ever, self-response by all households is strongly urged considering the current health emergency. The process is easy, fast and confidential and helps you secure funding for your local community. While the deadline for the Census has been delayed, taking the time now to fill it out … Read More
#ICYMI – Watch the ‘Protect All Workers’ Virtual Town Hall
May 15, 2020
We have embarked on a monumental but vital task of securing between $500 billion and $1 trillion in federal stimulus for workers – and our union most recently hosted a virtual town hall urging all members to join our team of Digital Union Voices. Click on the image below to … Read More
Tell Congress, Pass the HEROES Act
While Congress has spent hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars bailing out big business and millionaire CEOs, the hardworking public servants who have been putting their lives on the line every day are being warned that looming budget shortfalls could mean massive cuts in jobs and services. That’s unacceptable! Today’s heroes can’t … Read More
City of Ventura – Time to Vote!
May 13, 2020
SEIU Local 721 City of Ventura bargaining team (left to right) Lynn Lopez, Burt Yanez, Maruja Clensay, Julie Santia, Cary Glenn, Jennie Buckingham, Roger Adams, Patrick Stock, Gabby Wimer. Don Taylor not in photo.   Things are changing quickly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and SEIU Local 721 is … Read More
Ventura Superior Courts: Holiday Pay for Exempt
May 8, 2020
Ventura Superior Courts Court management brought to our attention a request to allow represented exempt positions to be paid Holiday pay per Article 15 of our MOU, should they be part of a working skeleton crew like non-exempt members are currently getting paid. The reason is if exempt employees continue … Read More
You’re Invited: #ProtectAllWorkers Virtual Town Hall
In every corner of California, and across the country, vital frontline workers have been keeping our communities safe and healthy and our economy moving during the coronavirus crisis. But while we sacrifice, day in and day out, Congress and the White House have been busy doling out billions to massive … Read More
Union Drive-Up Food Distribution On Mondays in Ventura
May 4, 2020
When working families are in trouble, our labor union brothers and sisters are ready to jump in and help. The California Labor Federation is teaming up with the Central Coast Labor Council and Food Share Ventura County to offer food distribution every Monday starting May 11th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 … Read More
City of Riverside COVID-19 Update
April 30, 2020
Recently the City of Riverside sent you a correspondence of its decision to extend paid administrative leave compensation to employees required to stay home up until 5-14-20. While employees appreciate this gesture there are challenges identified in this correspondence that need to be addressed. The City of Riverside also communicated … Read More
CALL NOW – Demand A #Stimulus4Workers
Across the country, hardworking SEIU public servants have been on the job, keeping our communities and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. While we’ve been putting our lives on the line every day, congress has been giving away billions to corporations and rich CEOs. Now, they’re threatening to leave … Read More
The Frontline Is Everywhere — SEIU Local 721 Members Profiled in the LA Times
April 28, 2020
The frontline against COVID-19 is everywhere. It’s in our hospitals treating the sick, it’s in DPSS helping the more than 1 million unemployed in LA County alone, and it’s in the streets keeping our communities from falling apart. Public sector workers from Riverside, to Los Angeles, to Ventura County are bearing the brunt of working around-the-clock … Read More
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for the County of Ventura
COUNTY OF VENTURA The COVID-19 pandemic is causing shifts in our lives and in our workplaces on a daily basis. SEIU Local 721 is moving swiftly to keep up with all the changes in all our jurisdictions to help keep all workers and the clients we serve safe. Here are … Read More
Without a #Stimulus4Workers – Public Workers Will See Massive Cuts
As millions of Americans have sheltered in place, working people have kept our country afloat. Unfortunately, the lack of federal leadership is now threatening these same working people with cuts, furloughs and unemployment. Public workers are carrying out essential duties, often risking their own health and safety to keep our communities … Read More
Some Help from the CEO on Paid Leave Programs!
April 23, 2020
On Thursday, April 23, LA County’s Chief Executive Officer sent a letter to all Department Heads and Department Human Resources Managers with further guidance on the implementation of the COVID-19 Paid Leave programs. The letter can be found here. Here are the highlights:   All Departments are expected to begin to … Read More
Free COVID-19 Testing by the L.A. Black Worker Center and St. Johns
Every one of us, regardless of where we live or what we look like, needs accessible healthcare, paid time to recover and resources to make ends meet. Black, brown and Indigenous communities have always been denied the resources needed to be healthy and so it is absolutely predictable that we are … Read More
Now you can watch the ‘Virtual Town Hall’ for LA County’s DCFS and DPSS
April 22, 2020
We recently joined Sup. Hilda Solis to co-host a Virtual Town Hall for SEIU 721 members working throughout LA County’s DCFS and DPSS. If you weren’t able to watch it then, you can now! To view the full, one-hour FULLY UNEDITED Virtual Town Hall, click here. To view the 20-minute … Read More
Help support St. John’s as they care for South LA’s most vulnerable
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for services at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center. They’re also on the front lines, providing direct care to people experiencing homelessness in South LA – which has the second highest population of homeless individuals in LA County. Now is the time for … Read More
LASANitzer is Union Made
April 21, 2020
Keeping our waterways, and beaches blue and pollution free is an around-the-clock essential job. In the City of Los Angeles, it’s a collaborative effort between LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) workers in the blue uniforms and their brothers and sisters in the lab coats. Pandemic or no pandemic, ensuring that our catch … Read More
Faces From the Frontlines: ER Nurse Natalie Gordon
April 19, 2020
Natalie Gordon knew what she was getting into when she became a nurse six years ago. She knew about the long hours, emotionally exhausting days and physical demands that would sometimes leave her body sore and bruised. She knew it would require lots of sacrifices but she answered the calling … Read More
Fighting to Protect Vital Public Services in the City of Los Angeles
In the midst of the most serious public health crisis in over a century, SEIU 721 members in the City of Los Angeles have remained steadfast in our commitment to providing the critical frontline services our communities depend on. Together, our work has kept our city moving – and as … Read More
L.A. County’s Expanded Employee Assistance Program and Resources
April 17, 2020
SEIU 721 members are leading the charge at making our workplaces safe for LA County workers and for the clients we serve during this COVID-19 pandemic. In that same spirit, to meet the needs of the moment, the County just launched several new resources designed to support County workers. The … Read More
NLACRC – Stronger Together
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive rapid changes for all working people. Many workers have been forced to show up at work without proper protection. Many others either don’t have the ability to work from home or are being denied the option. Today more than ever workers across industries are … Read More
NEW SEIU Convention Date – August 8 2020
April 16, 2020
Even amidst the enormity of the COVID-19 pandemic, SEIU is committed to providing a valuable platform for member delegates to unite virtually and build the agenda for working families across the country. The NEW SEIU Convention date is set for August 8th, 2020. Now more than ever, we must come … Read More
COVID-19 County of Ventura Health Care Agency Update
County of Ventura Health Care Agency WSO Edwin Valdez and the member leaders continue to push for the safety and well-being of our members throughout the Health Care Agency. We are holding department managers responsible for providing necessary PPE so that our members can perform their duties with a sense … Read More
New Info for LA County DPSS and DCFS ‘Virtual Town Hall’ with Sup. Hilda Solis!
April 15, 2020
As pledged to you, we now have the critical information needed to join our Virtual Town Hall on Thurs., Apr. 16 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM featuring Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis in collaboration with SEIU 721. Link: https://events.rev.vbrick./#/webcasts/SolisSEIUTownhall Password: COVID19 Please note that there is limited space available to join the Virtual Town … Read More
Delivering the “Social” Part of Social Work During a Pandemic
April 13, 2020
A worldwide pandemic is not stopping the indispensable work of Social Workers throughout California. Riverside County Social Worker Veronica Rodriguez is still carrying out the momentous job of protecting children from abuse or neglect but has adapted for this unprecedented moment in modern history. With an N95 mask on, gloves, … Read More
‘Hotels for Health Care Workers’ – You May Be Eligible
April 10, 2020
The Non-Congregate Sheltering for California Healthcare Workers Program provides hotel rooms to frontline health care workers who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19. By providing hotel rooms in close proximity to medical facilities, health care workers avoid potentially spreading the virus once leaving the shift by selecting to … Read More
More than Meter Maids — In the Eye of the Relief Efforts
When the City of Los Angeles went into “pandemic response mode,” every single city worker was asked to step up and aid the citywide humanitarian relief efforts. For the City’s Department of Transportation (LADOT) Traffic Officers, this meant being put on the frontlines of coordinating the traffic for Los Angeles … Read More
NEW Patient Care Member Hotline for SEIU 721 Members
The Coronavirus pandemic is stretching everything in our Los Angeles, Riverside and Ventura Counties’ healthcare networks to an unprecedented limit – impacting the safety of our registered nurses and all our healthcare workers unlike ever before. During this time, our union is advocating hard to protect healthcare workers on the job and … Read More
LA County COVID-19 Update: Info Packets, Request Forms, Now Available for Paid Leave Programs
Packets of information – including guidelines, procedures and request forms – are now available for the new paid leave programs! ALL SEIU 721 members in LA County can now submit requests. There are two information packets: Packet B for employees in “exempt” Departments (DHS, DPH, DMH, Coroner, Probation, Fire, Sheriff, ISD, … Read More
COVID-19 testing in LA expands to all LA County residents
April 9, 2020
The City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County have partnered to expand their free COVID-19 testing program. Now, any LA County resident with COVID-19 symptoms can schedule a test. To check your eligibility and make an appointment, go to Coronavirus.LACity.org/Testing. Tests are no longer limited to the highest-risk populations. … Read More
Five Urgent Needs To Keep Employees Safe
April 8, 2020
COVID-19 Emergency UPDATE SEIU 721 Members to LA County Board of Supervisors: Five Urgent Needs To Keep Employees Safe Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and FMLA Emergency Leave On March 30, the CEO announced in a letter to all County employees that the new emergency leave programs established by the … Read More
This is NOT the Time to be Making Deals
April 7, 2020
This is NOT the Time to be Making Deals. Shame on LA Superior Court for Trying to Take Advantage of the COVID-19 Emergency to Extract a One-Year Pay Freeze! During the COVID-19 Emergency, it is more important than ever for labor and management to work together to maintain essential services … Read More
SEIU Local 721 LA County COVID-19 Emergency Update
April 3, 2020
On Monday, March 30, 2020, LA County’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) sent a letter to all County employees announcing that two new leave programs – Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and FMLA Emergency Leave – would be available to all County employees effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Unfortunately, Department of … Read More
LA County Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Emergency Leave FAQs
March 31, 2020
LA County members of SEIU 721 had lots of questions after we announced that our union advocated for, and won, 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave to help us weather the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ve compiled the frequently asked questions. Here are the answers! Question #1: I heard that we … Read More
March 30, 2020
Attn: Environmental Services Workers at LAC+USC: As the COVID-19 crisis intensifies, our union is determined to make sure our members are protected in order to continue providing the safest and highest quality patient care. EVS workers are a key component on the frontlines of patient care  – and you deserve safety … Read More
SEIU 721 Delivers on PPE for Nurses and All Healthcare workers in DHS LA Co!!
March 27, 2020
Just days ago, SEIU 721 frontline medical professionals alerted the general the press and general public about the lack of access to critical Personal Protection Equipment including N95 masks. Today we are proud to inform you of an amazing victory that resulted in a new policy from the Department of … Read More
Ventura Superior Courts Update on Limited Court Closure
Our union has been in constant contact with Ventura Superior Courts to help protect workers during this Coronavirus pandemic, especially those who are on the frontlines. Since March 16th most Court workers have been at home and the Courts have only been open on a limited basis. Courts have been … Read More
LA County, Emergency Paid Sick Leave is On the Way!
In accordance with HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, beginning on April 1, the County of Los Angeles will make available 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave – and a pro-rated share for part-timers – to be used by employees with  symptoms or health issues that call … Read More
Ventura County – Clarification on Labor Relations Challenge 80-Hour Attestation Forms
  COUNTY OF VENTURA Our union knows that the Coronavirus pandemic is paramount on everyone’s mind – especially those of us working directly on the frontline. Since March 13, we have been in constant communication with Labor Relations, demanding to be kept abreast of all communications sent to our members from … Read More
Breaking News: SEIU Local 721 COVID-19 Emergency Update
March 26, 2020
SEIU Local 721 Renews Call on Los Angeles County to Provide 80 Hours of Paid Sick Leave to Full-Time Employees After analyzing the provisions of HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, SEIU Local 721 has again called on the County of Los Angeles to provide an additional two weeks … Read More
SEIU 721 Members, Tell Your Senators to Protect All Workers!
March 22, 2020
As you know SEIU members and other service sector workers are coming together across the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to call on elected officials and corporate and industry leaders to #ProtectAllWorkers by ensuring the health, safety and financial security of ALL working people. Times of national emergency require us all … Read More
Los Angeles County Agrees: All Non-Essential Employees Will Telework
March 20, 2020
In response to the Union’s demand, the CEO will direct all Department Heads to place all non-essential employees in telework status and allow employees to work from home during the Safer at Home and Stay at Home orders. If the Department is unable to assign work that can be done … Read More
2020 SEIU 721 Convention Delegate Election Results
March 19, 2020
The results are in! SEIU members overwhelmingly approved amending our SEIU Local 721 Bylaws, and elected our 2020 SEIU International Convention delegation. Congratulations to our newly elected 2020 Convention Delegates. These elected members will be representing us at this year’s SEIU International Convention in April: Jessica Castillo, Region 1 Vickie … Read More
Report On-the-Job Coronavirus Concerns Here!
March 14, 2020
SEIU 721 has created an incident form that our members may use if they have any Coronavirus-related issues in their workplaces. We especially encourage reports from those working on the frontlines in healthcare and emergency response.