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The Work We Do: Alina Mendizabal
January 19, 2018
Day in, day out, Alina Mendizabal’s boss was making her life a living hell. There was scapegoating and public scolding, unwarranted write-ups and constant scrutiny. Sometimes the bully boss would go out of the way to “randomly” pop into Alina’s office just to intimidate her. “I called her the devil’s … Read More
SEIU 721 Members Vote to Stay in Coalition of City Unions
Solidarity remains strong between our City of LA members and our sister unions, with SEIU 721 members voting last night to stay in the Coalition of City Unions – the organization powering Fix LA’s movement to add 5,000 new union jobs to the city’s workforce. With an 87% “yes” vote … Read More
Labor Board Issues Another Complaint! Workers Demand Riverside County Stop the Groundless Investigations Now.
January 18, 2018
On the heels of the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) filing not one, but multiple complaints against the County of Riverside in the last few weeks, the Labor Board has once again lambasted the County by issuing a complaint over its retaliatory treatment of a nurse at RUHS. The County’s … Read More
LA County members: Time to fill out your bargaining survey!
January 17, 2018
Contract bargaining for SEIU 721’s LA County members is fast approaching. So we want to hear from you! What do you think our union should prioritize? Let us know by filling out your bargaining survey! You can submit your bargaining survey online. Or you can download it, print it and … Read More
We Honor Dr. King’s Legacy of Fighting for Working Families
January 15, 2018
Today SEIU 721 members in Los Angeles and Oxnard joined marches honoring Dr. King’s legacy of civil rights leadership and tireless advocacy for labor rights and economic justice. In Los Angeles, a parade led by SEIU 721 members leaders like St. John’s Chief Steward Gary Poe marched with LA County … Read More
The City of LA wants YOU! – Targeted Local Hire Program
January 12, 2018
Our voices are powerful and when we work together, we make great things happen for our city, our community and for our families. It was our hard work and unity that urged the City of Los Angeles to create the Targeted Local Hire Program, another key victory in our figh … Read More
Take That! Another Complaint Issued Against Riverside County.
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The County thought they could threaten workers for showing their union pride—wrong! Since contract negotiations began with the County of Riverside, management has pulled every stunt in the book to break down workers and silence our united voices. Despite the County’s ruthless attacks on County employees — we’re still standing! … Read More
Lt. Gov. Newsom Hears Concerns of Riverside County Workers
January 5, 2018
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Lt. Governor and gubernatorial hopeful Gavin Newsom visited the SEIU Local 721 Inland Area office today for a town hall conversation with union members, community leaders and Riverside County residents. Prior to the town hall, Lt. Governor Newsom met with several Riverside County workers, who told him about the County’s … Read More
Gold Coast Transit District Members Win a New Contract!
January 4, 2018
Gold Coast Transit District Contract Win
Gold Coast Transit District members won a strong three year contract that includes solid wage hikes for the next three years and significant gains in medical, dental and vision insurance! Through your unity and participation your bargaining team was able to win a contract that secures vital services for the … Read More
Help is Available for SEIU 721 Workers in the Thomas Fire Zones
December 27, 2017
On the heels of the most devastating fire in California history, families are still feeling the effects of the Thomas Fire. SEIU 721 members have been busy throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, helping provide emergency response services at hospitals and strengthening our community security net through Human Services Agency … Read More
Happy Holidays SEIU 721!
December 22, 2017
‘Tis the season to gather with friends, family and loved ones! You and your fellow SEIU 721 Brothers and Sisters have worked hard all year. So be sure to enjoy the fruits of your labor over the holidays! And remember: While millions of people are enjoying Christmas and New Year’s … Read More
Ismael Castelan of Santa Ana Struck by Car While On the Job – and Needs Our Help This Holiday Season
December 20, 2017
Brothers and Sisters: Our fellow SEIU 721 member Ismael Castelan needs our help over the holidays! Ismael is with the City of Santa Ana’s Public Works Tree Crew and he was involved in a horrific, on-the-job accident. While Ismael was working in a median at 17th and Bristol Streets, a … Read More
Agenda ’18 PowerPoint is here … and so is your LA County Bargaining Team Nomination Form!
December 19, 2017
Many SEIU 721 Brothers and Sisters who attended the Agenda ’18: LA County Bargaining Conference asked for access to the popular Agenda ’18 Presentation, where we outlined the challenges ahead for our union – and our strategy for success. It’s here! Just click on the image below and a printable … Read More
Riverside County Officials End 2017 With Another Embarrassing Blow!
California’s Public Employment Relations Board issues complaint against Riverside County for prematurely declaring an impasse at the bargaining table. Against all odds, Riverside Public workers just got another reason to celebrate this season! The California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has issued another complaint against the County of Riverside for … Read More
Gold Coast Transit District … new TA details here!
December 18, 2017
We’re pleased to announce a strong Tentative Agreement for SEIU 721 members at Gold Coast Transit – and your Bargaining Team recommends a “YES” vote! The new TA provides all members with wage increases each year for three years. It also includes a one-time $500 bonus plus steady increases in … Read More
Supervisor Washington’s Great Holiday Escape
December 14, 2017
For more than a year, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has refused to bargain in good faith with the thousands of workers who dedicate themselves to making Riverside a great place to live. To remind the supervisors that their decisions have real affects on real people and their families, … Read More
Workers unite to say: “End Bullying at MLK!”
December 13, 2017
In the ongoing fight to end bullying at MLK Jr. Outpatient Center, frontline workers came together in an action to let management there know how bullying affects them, patients, other workers, and Just Culture. Dozens of workers stopped by during their breaks and shift changes to fill out “No Bully … Read More
LA City Bargaining Team Results Are In!
LA City Bargaining Team Results are in!
(Last Updated 12/26/17 11:30am) Ready to Fight at the Bargaining Table to Get the Job Done! You cast your vote to stay on the winning path with the new LA City Bargaining Team. Congratulations to the new 2018 Bargaining Team! The Bargaining Team voting period was November 17th to December … Read More
SEIU 721 Frontline Workers Handle Massive Emergency Response as Their Own Homes Are Threatened by Thomas Fire
  Fifth Largest Wildfire in California History Impacts SEIU Members Working at Over 20 Sites throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties VENTURA, CA – Scores of SEIU 721 members living and working in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties continue to endure the impact, at work and at home, of the … Read More
Bob Schoonover’s Statement on LA and Ventura area fires
December 5, 2017
SEIU 721’s president and members urge residents to heed evacuation warnings, and thank public sector frontline and service providers for their heroic work.   Los Angeles, CA—“The wildfires raging throughout Los Angeles County and Ventura County are having a big impact on our union. Many SEIU 721 members live and … Read More
LA County members prepare for contract bargaining at Agenda ’18
December 2, 2017
With the New Year comes a new contract for all our LA County members – which means another round of contract bargaining! To get everyone prepared, we held the “Agenda ’18: LA County Bargaining Conference” at The Reef in downtown LA on Sat., Dec. 2. “This conference is the perfect … Read More
Las Virgenes Members Win a Contract That Includes a 3% Raise
November 21, 2017
We did it! Our SEIU 721 Las Virgenes Municipal Water District bargaining team worked hard to secure a strong one year contract that puts members and the District back on track. Our unity and collective participation were key in bringing home this contract. Congratulations! Here’s what we achieved: 3% salary … Read More
Shining A Light On Riverside County’s Wasteful Spending
November 16, 2017
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors seems to prefer that their dealings with European consulting giant KPMG stay in the shadows. That probably makes it easier for them to do things like turn a $761,600 contract into a $40 million one through amendments – without the taxpayers footing the bill … Read More
LA Superior Courts – It’s Time to Invest in Justice
November 6, 2017
It’s time to prepare for our upcoming bargaining campaign for LA Superior Courts employees. We need to hear from you! It is critically important that we incorporate your voice in this bargaining process. It is only with our unity and participation that we can help restore Court services to our … Read More
Riverside County’s “Last Best Final” Offer
November 2, 2017
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City of Santa Paula Members Win a New Contract!
October 26, 2017
WE DID IT! With an overwhelming YES vote, City of Santa Paula members won a strong three year contract which includes a 15% salary increase over the term of the contract! Through member unity and participation, our bargaining team was able to win a contract that secures vital services for … Read More
Safety threats at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center & Ventura County Hall of Justice
October 19, 2017
Sisters & Brothers, Today’s lock-down at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar due to the threat of an active shooter came on the heels of a bomb threat at the Ventura County Hall of Justice yesterday. Thankfully, in both cases, the threats were empty and no one was harmed. But … Read More
Riverside County’s Whopping Number of Unfair Practice Charges!
October 12, 2017
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More Than 1,000 Workers Picket Riverside University Hospital
September 6, 2017
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Despite the County’s attempts to block some workers from striking, more than 1,000 Riverside County employees picketed for several hours outside of the Riverside University Hospital Wednesday morning – sending a strong message to management that we’re not backing down! The picket began at 6:30 a.m. and picked up steam … Read More
Hundreds take Rise & Resist Leader oath at Unity Summit
July 26, 2017
In a milestone moment for SEIU Local 721, hundreds of members took the oath to become Rise & Resist Leaders at an inaugural Unity Summit held at St. Sophia Cathedral in South Los Angeles this past Saturday, July 22. “Our union is facing a serious threat – the threat of … Read More