Coachella Valley Water District Workers Bargaining Update

Update: Jan. 13, 2014
CVWD memebers can vote on Thursday, Jan. 16 on whether to declare impasse with District management.

For more information click here to download the flyer.

UPDATE: Dec. 16, 2013

SEIU 721 CVWD bargaining team presents Last, Best and Final Offer to District Management. “Our Last, Best and Final offer shows the district we can’t go any lower. The district should accept it and demonstrate they care about water workers.” – Juan Campos, CVWDEquipment Operator I and bargaining team member.

Click view the latest bargaining update flyer.

UPDATE: Oct. 16, 2013

SEIU 721 Members fought back and CVWD management dropped its unfair healthcare voucher plan. But the fight isn’t over, they have now proposed a plan that could more than double costs for some workers.

Click here to read more.

CVWD workers live and work in the Coachella Valley.

These SEIU 721 members deliver safe drinking water for residents and irrigation services for farms and businesses, promote water conservation, provide cost-effective high quality sanitation, wastewater and storm drain services across the entire Valley.

SEIU 721 members are currently in contract negotiations with the district, that is attempting to take away health care benefits from these hard working families.

It is crucial for the workers and their families to stand up for fairness, to protect their families, and the economic vibrancy of the region.

Now is the time for the community to also stand with them.

“We stand with the workers who deliver critical services to California communities and call upon the Board to continue its proud tradition in recognizing the economic benefits we all receive as a result of paying the workers of the CVWD a decent family-sustaining wage and providing them with solid, reliable cost-effective health benefits for themselves and their families – as the District has always done.” – Hon. Anthony Rendon, Hon. V. Manuel Perez and Hon. Ben Hueso

Click here to read the entire letter of support signed by seven members of the California Assembly.

“…we hope you will honor the work and the sacrifices of these critical workers and bargain a fair contract that maintains family benefits.” – Charlie Ara, Chair Palm Desert Greens Democratic Club

Click here to read the entire letter of support from the Palm Desert Greens Democratic Club to the CVWD Board.


Bargaining began in late May.

Click here to view a roster of the bargaining team.

Click on the links below to download bargaining update flyers.

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Click here to download a message of support from longtime CVWD worker Willie Durazo.

• Show your support! Wear your CVWD button today.
Click here to download a flyer for the Board Action event.
 Download and sign the community support card. Bring it with you to the Sept. 10 board meeting.
• For more information please contact SEIU 721 worksite organizers Chris Stout, (760) 408-5033, Akemy Bon-Flores, (213) 446-4851 or the 721 Member Connection (877) 721-4YOU.