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SEIU Local 721 Member Delegates for SEIU Convention
January 13, 2020
This April, SEIU members from across the United States and Canada will participate in the SEIU Convention in Chicago, Illinois from April 24-27, 2020. This year’s SEIU Convention marks our 100-year anniversary, and promises to be an exciting chance to plan the future of SEIU to meet the challenges and … Read More
The Court Agrees: We Need Structural Reform Not Scapegoating to Keep LA County Children Safe!
January 8, 2020
The Court Agrees: We Need Structural Reform – Not Scapegoating – to Keep LA County Children Safe! In a major victory for LA County Children’s Social Workers fighting to improve child safety, Justices with the California 2nd District Court of Appeal on January 6 threw out the case against four … Read More
SEIU 721 Retirees Newsletter – 2019 Year in Review
January 2, 2020
721 Retirees Played Active Role at CDP Convention Dear Brothers and Sisters, I’m proud to report on the California Democratic Party convention held in San Francisco from May 31 to June 2, 2019. It was truly uplifting and full of excitement. We had 14 presidential candidates who attended. They were … Read More
Armenian Christmas Party – Friday, January 17 2020
December 23, 2019
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The SEIU Local 721 Armenian Caucus proudly presents the 5th Annual Armenian Christmas Party on Friday, January 17, 2020. Please join us for dinner, dancing, prizes and more! >> Download the flyer Armenian Christmas Party Friday, January 17, 2020 Doors open at 6:30pm Caesar Banquet Hall 6723 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga, … Read More
Be the Voice of Working People in the New Decade! 2020 Member Assembly
December 20, 2019
The countdown is on! A new year —a new decade — a renewed opportunity to fight for the future of our union and the services we deliver. Make no mistake, the closing decade wasn’t easy. Our secure retirement, our health care and our very existence all came under attack. We didn’t fold, we stood #unionstrong … Read More
Ventura Rising Together – Members Deliver a YES and YES Vote!
December 15, 2019
We Did It! Members across Ventura County made their voices heard! Members took their power to the ballot box, casting their votes around the clock at worksites across the county from Ventura County Medical Center to Human Services Agency offices in Oxnard, Moorpark, Ventura, Simi Valley, Fillmore and beyond to … Read More
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December 9, 2019
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City of Oxnard Bargaining Team Delivers on a Strong Tentative Agreement
November 13, 2019
We did it! Our bargaining team reached a Tentative Agreement on a strong three-year contract that strengthens key City of Oxnard services our communities depend on. It is only because we stood together and made our voices heard that the City of Oxnard has committed to supporting quality public services. … Read More
We Are 25 Years Beyond Prop 187 Celebration Nov. 9
November 1, 2019
25 years ago, the anti-immigrant ballot measure Prop 187 passed in the state of California after a campaign of fear and scare tactics waged by ideologues eager to demonize immigrants. Little did these peddlers of hate know, but Prop 187 would ignite a new generation of progressive activist leaders who … Read More
Ventura County Unions Stand in Solidarity at the Board of Supervisors Meeting
October 28, 2019
Over 100 SEIU 721 members, Ventura County Firefighters, Probation Officers and Operating Engineers showed up for the September 24th Board of Supervisors meeting to stand up for county services, union rights and for the safety and health of our communities. >>Download the flyer This show of solidarity set the stage … Read More
County of Ventura Bargaining Update – October 25 2019
Our SEIU 721 Bargaining Team met on Monday and Wednesday with Ventura County negotiators. We presented our counter proposals and the County returned with theirs. While the County had improvements in some items, the County’s overall position remains disappointing when it comes to areas we have identified as our most … Read More
2019 Regional Council election results
October 21, 2019
The ballots have been counted and the 2019 Regional Council election results are in! Here is a list of all the winners in Bargaining Units that held elections:   City of Santa Ana – SAF Monica Suter   Ventura County – PRF Rebecca Albarran   LA County BU 711 – … Read More
BU 500 Blue Collar Members Who Handled Calabasas Landfill Fire Get Healthcare They Need
October 10, 2019
Thanks to Union Power, Physical Exams and Chest X-Rays Approved after Management Initially Denies Them In November of 2018, a fire broke out at the Calabasas Landfill. Workers from BU 500 were called to restore the landfill there. Our response was quick; the landfill was up and running in 24 … Read More
LA County workers – how to maximize your benefit dollars
September 27, 2019
Beginning in 2020, there will be a cap of $325/month on taxable cash back. Any surplus County contribution above $325/month will not be available as take home pay. But, you can maximize your benefit dollars, and avoid any loss, by spending the surplus on other Options benefits. WHAT CAN SHE … Read More
LA County workers – important changes to your 2020 medical benefits
If you’re an LA County employee and a member of SEIU 721, a lot has changed when it comes to your health benefits. Read below for the details. 2020 OPTIONS BENEFITS CHANGES Beginning in January 2020 the negotiated County contributions toward the cost of your health care coverage will increase … Read More
County of Ventura Bargaining Update – Rolling Up Our Sleeves
September 26, 2019
The SEIU 721 County of Ventura bargaining team met for the second time with management at the table on Sept. 23, 2019. The County came back with counter proposals on both economic and non-economic items for only some of our proposals. Their counter proposals were less than desirable; we’re still … Read More
2019 Regional Council elections – read the candidate statements here
September 25, 2019
SEIU Local 721 Regional Council nominations already have been received and ballots are being sent in the mail at the end of this week. Ballots must be returned by 9 A.M. on Friday, October 18, 2019. The vote count will take place that same day beginning promptly at 5 P.M. … Read More
What’s in Store for MOU 14?
September 23, 2019
In case you missed it, the LA City Council finally approved our new contract this past August. Now that the City Council has officially approved the MOU, the City Controller and the CAO has to begin implementing everything we’ve won and approved. So, what gains are coming up ahead for … Read More
Tri-Counties Union Board in a Box Fall 2019
September 19, 2019
Union visibility is about making our SEIU 721 presence known at our worksites – especially now that we’ve kicked off bargaining a new, strong contract with the County of Ventura, our largest employer in the Tri-Counties Region. Union Boards are a designated place where we can post information pertaining to … Read More
Tri-Counties members strategize and energize at Ventura Rising Together Summit
September 14, 2019
Members from across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties gathered at Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo for the Ventura Rising Together Summit, marshaling our Tri-Counties forces to protect good union jobs across the Tri-Counties region against privatization – and to kick-start a strong contract bargaining fight for workers in the County … Read More
Retention and Recruitment bonuses are a big boost for Antelope Valley CSWs and a huge win for Child Safety
September 12, 2019
Thanks to non-stop advocacy by SEIU 721 Children’s Social Workers, help is on the way for Antelope Valley CSWs in the form of major pay premiums to retain and attract more qualified CSWs at Antelope Valley DCFS offices, which have been especially hard hit by high turnover and staff shortages. … Read More
Vote Jordan Roberts for VCERA Board to Ensure your Retirement
September 5, 2019
By now, SEIU 721 members under the Ventura County Employees Retirement Association (VCERA) pensions board – County of Ventura, Ventura Superior Court and Ventura Regional Sanitation District – should have received their VCERA ballots. We need your help. Now more than ever it is critical that we elect board members … Read More
Rep. Norma Torres visits LA County DCFS Regional Office in Pomona
September 4, 2019
Regional Offices throughout LA County’s DCFS network play a pivotal role in keeping the system functioning. So we’re very proud that, today, member leaders at the Regional Office in Pomona held a very productive and informative meeting with Rep. Norma Torres. We gave her a tour of the facility and … Read More
NEVHC Ratifies Strong 3-year Contract!
August 30, 2019
Workers at Northeast Valley Health Corporation are celebrating a strong new 3-year contract that increases wages, keeps health insurance rates steady, and Saves Our Clinics! SEIU 721 members at the 30+ clinics in the NEVHC system stood united as negotiations continued for months. We fought against unfair layoffs that were … Read More
LA County Relief Nurses, Part-Timers and F-Items: Make sure you get your $250!
August 28, 2019
We pushed hard during our last contract fight to secure our $250 bonus – and it’s just about here. Be sure to scrutinize your September 15 paycheck. The $250 bonus for LA County Relief Nurses, Part-Timers and F-Items will be paid out then. This is no ordinary $250 bonus. We … Read More
City of LA expected to seal contract deal – and include retroactive pay
August 27, 2019
As Mother Nature turns up the late Summertime heat on Los Angeles, so our union is turning up the heat on the city administrators now that contract implementation time has begun! Our contract already got the blessing of the Los Angeles City Council. But they waited to give it their … Read More
Assembly & Family Fun Day Sunday September 15 2019
August 20, 2019
Join us at our annual SEIU Local 721 Assembly and Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 15th! >RSVP NOW This year we’ll have face painting, game trucks, a live band and lots of great prizes. We’ll also have four In-N-Out food trucks! Don’t miss this event at Whittier Narrows Park … Read More
LA County Nurses: Check Your August 30 Check for Your First Retention Bonus
August 16, 2019
Our FIRST RETENTION BONUS will finally be our paychecks! All eligible BU 311 and 312 members should receive it at the end of this month. So check your August 30 check. Make sure you get the First Retention Bonus we bargained so hard for! EXTRA BONUSES are ready for members … Read More
Ventura County Bargaining HQ
August 14, 2019
Welcome to the Ventura County Bargaining Headquarters. The bargaining team is finishing up its review of the contract and is busily creating our initial proposals. The team was armed with over 1,000 of your bargaining surveys to help create our priorities. We also have an army of Contract Action Team … Read More
Santa Ana part-timers are meeting up in August
August 12, 2019
The SEIU 721 Santa Ana Chapter will host special union meetings through this month specifically for our members who are Part-Time Non-Civil Service (PTNCS). Get all your questions answered. Refreshments provided! MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 5:30 P.M. to 7 P.M. Union Office 1651 E. 4th St., Suite 250 Santa Ana, … Read More
NEVHC Members Kick Off Bargaining with Unity Breaks and Lunch Demonstrations
As contract bargaining continues, SEIU 721 members throughout the Northeast Valley Health Corporation are keeping up the pressure on management. We’re demonstrating that we know our full union rights. This includes taking regularly scheduled breaks and clocking out for a full lunch during the work week – rights that are … Read More
Our Ventura County Contract Action Team (CAT) is fired up and ready to go!
August 9, 2019
Our SEIU 721 County of Ventura CAT team members showed up energized at our August 8th CAT meeting at UFCW 770 Hall in Camarillo. Solidarity remained strong throughout the CAT planning meeting as we heard from the bargaining team and member leaders with an update on bargaining. >>Download and share … Read More
Statement by Bob Schoonover in Response to Recent Mass Shootings
August 8, 2019
As President of SEIU 721 and SEIU California, I feel compelled to express my thoughts in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso, Texas, which – along with Dayton, Ohio – was the scene this past weekend of another senseless mass shooting. It is startling how commonplace … Read More
‘Immigration First Aid Care-A-Van’ to take place August 17
RSVP here to join us on a special humanitarian mission. We’re headed to the US-Mexico border once again – calling on our Union’s healthcare professionals to provide emergency first aid to vulnerable children and families, who are bearing the brunt of forces well beyond their control. Immigration First Aid Care-A-Van … Read More
NEVHC WIC workers hold spirited Unity Breaks to fight against cuts to patient care
August 1, 2019
In a show of unity with each other and the patients they serve, Northeast Valley Health Corporation WIC workers exercised their union rights and used their break time to demonstrate against cuts to patient care. Holding banners that said “HONK FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES” and chanting in solidarity, dozens of workers … Read More
Flex your power and take your break
July 31, 2019
As our Northeast Valley Health Corporation contract negotiations continue, it’s clear: Management will not move until they feel the full force of our Union power. So it’s time for us to start flexing that power. We’re going to do it by enforcing our rights – like taking proper breaks and … Read More
SEIU 721 Members Take the Lead at Oxnard Citizenship Fair
July 29, 2019
Over 100 participants came out to the Citizenship Fair in Oxnard on July 27th. SEIU 721 members and community allies from CAUSE, MICOP, Indivisible Ventura, El Concilio Family Services, the Law Office of Vanessa Frank, Korling Law and other community groups help process over forty N-400 forms. Our Citizenship Fair … Read More
LA County Commuter Benefit Plan and Transit Subsidy- Still Available!
July 24, 2019
DON’T MISS OUT! SAVE MONEY NOW! LA COUNTY COMMUTER BENEFIT PLAN The County provides a transportation benefit through WageWorks, Inc. called the Commuter Benefit Plan (CBP) which allows employees to save money by using pre-tax dollars to pay for these commuting expenses: bus/rail passes, transit vouchers, Metrolink passes, Transit Access … Read More
“This social worker worked like a hero to protect Noah.”
July 19, 2019
By now, most everyone has heard about the death of Noah Cuatro, a four-year-old Palmdale boy who passed away over the Fourth of July weekend under circumstances that authorities are calling suspicious. An investigation into Noah’s death is still underway. But, already, some are trying to scapegoat LA County DCFS … Read More
July 11, 2019
Clerical, Janitorial, Grounds Maintenance, Security, Transportation, Food Service, GAIN… In the name of “cost effectiveness,” the County has contracted out thousands of jobs, replacing good union jobs with low-wage jobs that offer no retirement security and unaffordable health care. But that’s changing! On Tuesday, July 16, the Board of Supervisors … Read More
City of Oxnard – Make the Call to Stop the Cuts and Stop Layoffs!
June 25, 2019
  Just as Oxnard’s Mayor Flynn and members of the City Council voted to make drastic cuts to vital city services and on layoffs, it was discovered by the city finance staff that there was 5.6 million dollars in its city bank accounts! So much for “fiscal responsibility.” It’s time … Read More
SEIU 721 Celebrates Juneteenth 2019 with a Community Block Party
June 19, 2019
The SEIU 721 African American Caucus put on another event to remember with this year’s Juneteenth Block Party at Expo Park. The event, which was co-hosted by the office of Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Sr., featured live music, food trucks, a kids zone, photo booth and more. There was even a … Read More
2019 Just Culture Pulse Survey Now Open!
June 12, 2019
SEIU 721 members helped lead the charge to shift the way issues are addressed in our workplaces and develop LA County Health Agency’s Just Culture initiative. Now it’s time for the second annual Just Culture Pulse Survey to measure how employees perceive the fairness of their worksites. Just Culture marks a groundbreaking shift for our members. It’s about supporting a work environment … Read More
SAVE THE DATE: Membership Meeting for NEVHC!
June 6, 2019
Bargaining is in full effect at Northeast Valley Health Corporation! NEVHC members will be gathering for an important General Membership Meeting on Thursday, July 18 to get the latest on our 2019 campaign to Save Our Clinics. Already, management has started to erode public safety by proposing layoffs and in … Read More
June 30 is the LA County Health Care and Dependent Care Spending Accounts reimbursement deadline
June 5, 2019
Many of us working for LA County take advantage of the Health Care Spending Accounts and Dependent Care Spending Accounts that are offered to us thanks to hard-fought negotiations by our Union. But you may not know that June 30, 2019 is the deadline to submit spending account claims for … Read More
County of Ventura Layoffs – Frequently Asked Questions
May 28, 2019
We’ll update this post as we get more information. — When did the union know about the layoffs? We were officially notified on May 28, 2019. What is the union doing about it? Per the MOA the County and your union has to meet and confer on this issue, before … Read More
Uber and Lyft drivers take over Uber hub in solidarity with nationwide ‘Fight for $15’ strike
May 23, 2019
Hundreds rideshare employees driving for Uber and Lyft in the greater Los Angeles region took part in a massive all-day protest to raise awareness of the plight of Gig Economy and other low-wage workers – demanding a $30/hour living wager, a roll-back of Uber’s recent $25 rate cut and an … Read More
Member Leaders Pledge to “Reclaim Riverside”
May 20, 2019
Member leaders in Riverside County met Saturday to strategize a plan to take back our County. With bargaining on the horizon in just a few months, member leaders learned the lay of the land from regional director Eloy Alvarez, attorney Hannah Weinstein and executive board members Cheylynda Barnard, Christi Bell … Read More
Board of Supervisors gets SEIU 721 workers’ perspective on LA County budget
May 15, 2019
Dozens of our fellow SEIU 721 members who keep LA County clean, healthy and functioning testified at today’s official budget hearing, highlighting various challenges across numerous departments in a formal presentation to the LA County Board of Supervisors. Concerns raised by our union ranged from the impact that improper staffing … Read More
In Landmark Union Election, Occidental College Faculty Vote to Join SEIU Local 721
May 14, 2019
Congratulations to the non-tenure track faculty at Occidental College who voted today to join SEIU 721! Ballots for Occidental faculty were counted this afternoon at the National Labor Relations Board. Today’s landmark yes vote comes after a months-long organizing drive that saw scores of faculty and students working together to … Read More
LA City lifeguards alert public to water quality problems at Hansen Dam
With summer approaching, lifeguards from the City of Los Angeles are sounding the alarm on “cercarial dermatitis” outbreaks – better known as “swimmer’s itch” – caused by water-borne parasites at the Hansen Dam Recreational Lake in the San Fernando Valley. Lifeguards are demanding immediate testing of water at the adjacent … Read More
LA City Members Ratify Contract!
May 9, 2019
It’s official. L.A. City Members have emphatically ratified their new 3-year contract with 95% of the votes. Tonight’s vote count puts a bookend to contract negotiations that brought out the fight in SEIU Local 721 members throughout the City, including multiple public actions in Downtown Los Angeles and the Port. So, what … Read More
Bobby Cagle of LA County’s DCFS sounds the $200 million+ alarm on Title IV-E Waiver
April 26, 2019
This week, LA County DCFS Director Bobby Cagle sent an official notice alerting the entire child welfare workforce of a potential hit of between $200 million to $320 million to the department – if Congress fails to extend the federal Title IV-E Waiver by September 30, 2019. In correspondence sent … Read More
Help is On the Way for LA County RFA and RFSPD Workers
April 25, 2019
Help is on the way for RFA and RFSPD workers at LA County Department of Children and Family Services drowning in excessive caseloads. Our new side-letter agreement contains mandatory caseload caps that will dramatically reduce caseloads for RFA and RFSPD workers and other measures to help protect child safety. Download … Read More