LA/OC Cities and Districts

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.

We Did It! We're Fixing LA

We're FIXing LA  
LA City workers vote to ratify a winning contract! With a 94% YES vote SEIU 721 members overwhelmingly voted for a contract that protects good middle-class jobs and restores vital community services.

It's Official - LA City MOU 18 Recommends a YES Vote!

Great news! MOU 18 is recommending a YES Vote. Deadline for voting has been extended until MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28th for MOU 18 only.

The elected bargaining team members demanded clarity and accuracy on the intent of the agreement reflected in the summary. After hours of discussion and meetings with the Los Angeles City CAO all outstanding issues have been resolved and mitigated. Your bargaining team is now supporting the tentative agreement with City of L.A. and urging a yes vote.

Harnessing the Power of the Latino Vote


This year, as part of Latino Heritage Month, we will be celebrating the diversity and richness of our Latino community by officially kicking-off SEIU's nationwide efforts to register new voters in anticipation of the 2016 elections.

Labor Day 2015: Marching for All Families

On Labor Day hundreds of SEIU 721 members, families and community allies, marched in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to celebrate all that is good and strong about being in a union. Other groups held picnics and rallies in celebration of the work we have achieved, and the challenges we have before us.

In Santa Maria, SEIU 721 families joined other unions in a solidarity picnic. In the city of Santa Barbara - Raise the Wage Santa Barbara was kicked off. 

Tentative Agreement for LA City Contract Heading to Members!

After well over a year of LA City Contract Negotiations, the Coalition of LA City Unions have announced a tentative agreement between the City of Los Angeles and the Coalition of LA City Unions.

Whittier College Adjuncts Win First Union Contract

Congratulations to SEIU Local 721 Adjuncts at Whittier College who just ratified their first union contract!

Crisis in L.A. County: Asking for the Humanly Impossible of Eligibility Workforce

When L.A County's most vulnerable families are in need of critical services including access to life-saving medical care, their first stop has to be getting their case approved through an L.A. County Eligibility Caseworker. However Eligibility Caseworkers are being asked to do the humanly impossible: to individually process the cases of over 3,000 families! That's right, throughout L.A. County, Eligibility Workers and Clerical Staff are drowning in a sea of cases with urgent demands from more and more families in desperate need and a system that has yet to catch up. 

Epic Vote Clears the Way for a $15 Minimum Wage in the City of L.A.

Just a couple of years ago a $15 minimum wage seemed like a pipe dream, today it's one step closer to being a reality thanks to the relentless work of SEIU 721 in fighting to raise the wage floor in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council cleared the way to put the City on track to bring up the minimum wage up to $15.00/hr. by 2020.

LAPMA Bargaining Update May 2015

In December of 2014 the Coalition of City Unions and the City Administrative Officer agreed to go into "mediation" to attempt to settle some legal issues. We have been meeting since then with key City representatives and principals from each union in the Coalition.

Statement on Behalf of Bob Schoonover - President of SEIU Local 721


Immediate Release 
April 16, 2015
Contact: Coral Itzcalli
213 321-7332

Statement on behalf of Bob Schoonover, President of SEIU Local 721:

"In the last 48 hours, the SEIU 721 bargaining team and our Fix LA community partners have finally witnessed some movement at the bargaining table. For that reason we have decided to not initiate a strike today.  However, key issues for our members and the communities they serve must still be fully addressed.

The strike authorized by our 10,000 member-strong unit has also obtained full sanction by the Executive Board of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Our SEIU 721 rank and file members remain fully committed to doing whatever it takes to Fix LA and protect the jobs of the men and women who keep LA city running. 

At the moment, our bargaining team will remain dedicated to the on-going mediation process with the goal of reaching a fair agreement and delivering a better City to our families and our communities."




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Overwhelming 86% yes vote for a strike and full backing from community leaders and clergy allows 10,000 members to escalate their fight with rallying cry "Our Streets, Not Wall Street!"

Honoring our Labor Legacy

Join Southern California's elected, community and labor leaders in honoring the legacy of four extraordinary individuals who have left their indelible mark in the lives of working families, the communities we live in and our labor movement at the First Annual Labor Legacy Awards hosted by SEIU Local 721

 on Friday, March 27. 

This special event starts at 6 p.m., at the SEIU 72 union hall on 1545 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.

NASCAR Tribute to Labor Discount Tickets for Auto Club 400 Race

NASCAR and Auto Club Speedway is honoring union members with discount tickets to the upcoming Auto Club 400 race. SEIU 721 is a proud sponsor of this special offer. 

Sunday, March 22
Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Avenue
Fontana, CA  92335

Each ticket is just $39! Over a $50 savings! 
• Huge savings for reserved seating
• Exclusive pre-race pit pass
• Complimentary parking
• Union appreciation throughout the race
• All day entertainment for the entire family

Come on out and wear your 721 purple with pride! To purchase tickets, visit or call 800-944-RACE (7223). Remember to tell them you are an SEIU 721 member for the discount.

Click here to download the event flyer..

Offer expires March 12 or while supplies last.

Armed with Giant Band-­Aids, City Workers and Community Allies Declare: City Hall, LA is Hurting! Fix LA NOW!

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LA City workers--backed by clergy, residents and organizations in the Fix LA coalition--took action at more than 70 work sites from Playa Del Rey to the San Gabriel Valley and from the San Fernando Valley to LAX and the Port of Los Angeles in order to expose the health, safety and quality of life impacts facing Los Angeles and demand that City Hall end an era of pain and drastic cuts to vital jobs and city services. 

To see what actions your fellow workers took on Tuesday, check out Fix LA on Facebook and Twitter.

City of LA job cuts--more than 5,000 positions held primarily by people of color have been wiped out since Wall Street crashed the economy in 2008--have had a severe impact on the city's communities and working families. For example, the city's 39,000 catch basins, which filter storm water before it travels to LA's rivers and beaches, require 80 workers to maintain--but the city only has 24, less than a third of the number required to keep toxic trash from polluting our waterways. In addition, the number of city mechanics has dropped by 20%, resulting in deferred maintenance to LA's aging fleet, frequent equipment breakdowns that keep trash trucks off the street, and a potential safety hazard to the public.

"My co-workers and I are doing everything possible to keep the public safe, but we need elected officials to stand up to the big Wall Street banks and commit to reinvesting services and protecting residents," said Stacee Karnya, a chemist at the Hyperion treatment plant, where raw sewage is processed before the water is released to the ocean. "Without adequate workforce or functioning equipment to get the job done, LA neighborhoods and beaches remain at risk."

Karnya joined several dozen workers who poured out of their laboratories during their lunch breaks to march across a skybridge to Dockweiler Beach, drop two banners, and stage a speakout with environmental advocates, coastal residents, and Westside community organizations.

Fix LA has uncovered that Wall Street banks charge LA taxpayers nearly $300 million in transaction fees alone, but to date City Hall has failed to renegotiate these payments to bring money back to Los Angeles and restore city services. 

The citywide actions kicked off at 6:30 am when sanitation workers from the South LA yard were joined by clergy, community leaders and Councilmember Jose Huizar to call out the city's aging fleet. The number of city mechanics has dropped by 20%, resulting in deferred maintenance, frequent equipment breakdowns that keep trash trucks off the street, and a potential safety hazard to the public.

"We are tired of seeing millions of dollars go to big banks while our families and neighborhoods are pushed to the brink," said Jaime Zeledón, a Mar Vista Gardens resident of the Westside renewal group POWER. "We are the ones who have to put up with the sewage overflows and unguarded schools crossings. I'm tired of hearing politicians claim that 'there is no money' for the basic services our communities need, when we know there is a surplus and no one at City Hall is taking on Wall Street for all those fees."

The actions come as bargaining grinds on between management and the Coalition of LA City Unions, which represents approximately 20,000 city workers - over 75% of which are people of color. Fix LA, which includes those unions and a growing array of community and advocacy organizations, are bargaining together as workers and residents to address the deterioration of services, quality of life, and access to middle-class jobs. Specific platform proposals include restoring City staffing levels and vital services to pre-recession levels, promoting a minimum $15 wage, adding crossing guards to elementary and middle schools, and a local hire/job training program to address an aging workforce.  

LA is Hurting. Take Action to #FixLA Now!

Slashed jobs, service cuts and outsourcing have left the city we love hurting. 

Instead of working with us to restore city services and Fix LA, City Hall continues to push for even more cuts including making LA City workers pay $1,600 or more a year for health insurance and slashing lifetime earnings--while still funneling $300 million a year to Wall Street. 


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