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.

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. 

Make Kid Smile This Holiday Season

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It is time for the SEIU Local 721 34th Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The theme is "A Winter Wonderland." There are 3 ways to help:

SEIU 721 and Fix LA Help LA Port Drivers Get Back to Bargaining and Off Strike Lines

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Striking Port of LA truck drivers are back at the bargaining table thanks to support from SEIU Local 721 City of Los Angeles workers and members of the Fix LA coalition. It was solidarity between labor, the community and faith organizations that helped pressure port management into resuming talks.

We Stand United with Port of LA Truck Drivers!

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SAN PEDRO - In an inspiring act of public-private sector solidarity, City of Los Angeles employee joined striking truck drivers at picket lines this week and will continue to take shifts as long as the strike lasts, an official reported. SEIU 721 -- which represents 10,000 blue and white collars workers across all LA's municipal departments -- has also lent staff and other strategic resources to assist the truck drivers in the Justice for LA/LB Port Drivers movement, a campaign supported by Teamsters Joint Council 42. 

"Every day I'm out at the terminals I see the drivers' exploitation firsthand. If any group of workers needs a union, it's the truckers here," said Garrick Gilham, a San Pedro resident and deck hand who has worked for the Port of Los Angeles since 2008. "These are highly skilled, professional drivers who work in a dangerous industry, and their low wages and mistreatment is as atrocious as it is illegal. I am ready to do whatever it takes to help them unite on the job and achieve justice for their families."

Under the banner "We're Bargaining to Fix LA," Garrick and his co-workers' have been negotiating a set of proposals they jointly drafted in July with the LA City Coalition of Unions, and Fix LA - a new alliance representing resident and taxpayer interests, community groups, and clergy.  The central theme of their bargaining is to make LA a better place to live and work by improving the quality of jobs and services.

SEIU 721 is in a strong partnership with the over 20 organizations united in Fix LA and felt compelled to bring neighborhood stakeholders with them to the table to challenge Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council to restore neighborhood services to pre-recession levels, protect and expand middle-class jobs, protect public safety, and stand up to Wall Street. The 80,000-member public sector local also sponsors the Fight for $15, a campaign spearheaded by fast-food workers to bring a living wage and union rights to Southern California. Its elected leaders and rank-and-file members view the port truck drivers' struggle at the nation's largest port complex as a logical extension of the Fix LA movement. 

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"Fixing the port is fixing LA," SEIU Local 721 President Bob Schoonover declared in a recent front-line strike video on You Tube documenting port driver unrest that have prevented goods from moving out of the terminals. "This is really a problem....Even the jobs that are being created are not the right jobs."

Schoonover, a former City of LA heavy-duty mechanic stepped up his criticism this week as drivers from more companies walked off the job: "The Port of LA brings in billions of dollars to the regional economy. This will never be a world-class city if its leaders permit workers who are the backbone of our economy to toil in third-world conditions and poverty."   

The Teamsters Joint Council 42 has embraced the support from City of LA employees, and similarly partnered with SEIU 721 to back Fix LA bargaining proposals for job creation programs that train and employ local residents, end part-timing and contracting out to undercut standards, establish a minimum $15 wage with enforcement, and put crossing guards at every school to protect public safety. 

"The Teamsters are here to fight for the future of LA,"‖Randy Cammack, President of Joint Council 42 Teamsters and Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 63 announced at a Fix LA march that brought over 1,500 city workers and community residents together in the streets of Downtown LA last month. "Whether it's today with our trucks, tomorrow at the bargaining table, or the day after on the picket line, we are building a movement in which the people who move containers out of the Port of Los Angeles are building power with the men and women who haul trash for the City. We won't allow Wall Street and the giant corporations -- or the politicians who are beholden to them -- rob Angelenos of the American Dream," he added.

As part of that movement, SEIU 721 members have been working with the Teamsters and Fix LA partners to improve City Hall minimum wage proposals to guarantee $15 an hour and include provisions to end wage theft, which plagues port trucking, retail and warehouse where Walmart dominates, and in the fast-food industry. 

Next month the coalition is expected to present to Mayor Garcetti and the City Council's EERC committee on proposals to stop corporate giveaways and recover taxpayer revenue from Wall Street to restore vital city services that Angelenos need. 

Fix LA Stands Up to the Grim Reapers of Wall Street

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More than 1,000 outraged residents, religious leaders and city workers descend on Bunker Hill financial district and city hall and declared "LA is not Wall Street's ATM." They urged city leaders to restore vital city services and middle-class jobs.

October 28 ULP Work Stoppage: Let LA City Know it's Time to Fix LA!

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LA City management has engaged in unfair labor practices by attempting to dissuade members from participating in protected activities and silence workers who are determined to stand up and Fix LA!

Los Angeles City workers are gearing up for a ULP Work Stoppage day of action on Tuesday October 28. 

Our City of Angels is out of balance. LA City funnels almost $300 million a year to Wall Street in fees alone--all while vital city services and jobs are being eliminated or reduced to part-time with no benefits. 

While Wall Street treats our city like an ATM, LA leaders are trying to slash your pay and make you pay $1,690 a year or more for your health insurance.  LA City workers won't stand for it! We are committed to building a City that works for everyone. We are pushing our elected leaders to stand up to the very Wall Street bankers who crashed our economy in 2008 and make them pay their fair share like the rest of us.

Let the City know that instead of intimidating its workers,  it's time to put LA's needs ahead of Wall Street greed! We CAN build a world-class city with a living wage for all, good full-time middle-class jobs, and thriving neighborhoods with the vital services that keep our city safe, clean, and functioning.

It's time to stand up to the scare tactics and let the City know it's time to Fix LA!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 DAY OF ACTION!
9:30 am: March begins at Hope Street & Hope Place in Downtown LA
11:15 am: Rally at City Hall, Spring Street Steps

Download flyer here.

For more information on this important action, contact your worksite organizer or call 877-721-4YOU.

Come to the Assembly and Family Fun Day!

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Bring your family to the SEIU 721 Assembly and Family Fun Day! We'll be serving hot dogs, burgers, and unlimited beverages. Kids' activities include a bounce house, face painting, balloon artists, and fun picnic games!

WHEN
Saturday, October 11, 2014
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE
Whittier Narrows Regional Park
701 S. Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte, CA  91733
(Meadows Section • Parking is $6.00 per car)

RSVP REQUIRED
Deadline October 4, 2014 or until capacity is reached.

RSVP by faxing the reservation form (download reservation form here) to (213) 380-8335,
or call (213) 738-8438, then press # 9.

Please bring lawn chairs and blankets for your family.

PLEASE NOTE
No alcoholic beverages permitted.

Free Career Advice and Job Fair in Compton!

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Want to sharpen your resume and interviewing skills and take a step up the career ladder? Come to Get Compton Working Week!  

Step 1: Get Free Career Advice!

When          
Monday, September 22, 9 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, September 23, Open Session
Wednesday, September 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 25, 9 to 11 a.m.
Friday, September 26, Open Session

Where      
Compton Worksource Center
2909 East Pacific Commerce Drive
Compton, CA  90221

What
Resume workshop, cover letter help, interview prep, job readiness, reentry tips and advice, networking, online job search, employment tips

Step 2: Attend the Compton Job Fair!

When      
Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where      
Compton Community Center
301 North Tamarind Avenue
Compton, CA  90220

What       
100+ employers, on-site interviews, nursing seminar, re-entry seminar


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Get Compton Working Week is sponsored by the SEIU 721 African American Caucus.

Questions? Contact Rashina Young at 213-368-8688 or at rashina.young@seiu721.org.

For updates, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/2014GetComptonWorkingWeek

Download an event flyer here.

Latino Caucus Celebrates Latino Heritage Month

Join SEIU 721 members for a special evening to recognize community leaders and honor elected officials who stand with workers at the Latino Caucus' "An Evening Under the Stars" celebration on September 20, 2014.

We Gave Drivers a Break and the Banks Got the Bill!

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The Fix LA coalition--with the backing of SEIU 721 members and LA City Traffic Officers--blanketed the City Hall area Thursday to feed parking meters and place faux tickets on cars, then traveled to Bunker Hill deliver a giant parking violation to Bank of New York Mellon, which takes in $5 million a year in taxpayer money as a result of a bad bank deal. 

Their message: Get back taxpayer money from Wall Street so we can use it to restore city services such as street repair, removal of abandoned cars, alleyway clean-up, and traffic control.


Victory! City Council Votes to Stand Up to Wall Street Greed

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Today SEIU 721 and our partners in the Fix LA coalition scored a huge victory: the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 Wednesday to hold big banks accountable and bring millions of dollars back to our streets instead of Wall Street!

The measure, sponsored by Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Gil Cedillo and Bob Blumenfield and backed by Fix LA, requires LA to renegotiate or terminate without penalty a toxic swap deal the City entered into with two Wall Street banks, Bank of New York Mellon and Dexia. The measure could save the City as much as $138 million.

Los Angeles is now the largest city in the nation "to challenge ballooning Wall Street levies that accompany similar interest rate swap deals throughout the nation," reported the International Business Times.

Before the vote, the City Council heard testimony from Tim Butcher, heavy duty truck operator, City of Los Angeles, Lisa Cody, a research policy analyst for SEIU Local 721, and our Fix LA community partners and clergy.

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"LA spends more than twice as much on bad bank deals than we do on our streets. We're asking the City Council to please get the money back so we can do our jobs."

Tim Butcher, Heavy duty truck operator, City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles doles out nearly $300 million in fees each year to Wall Street banks, including the deal with Mellon and Dexia, as described in Fix LA's groundbreaking study, No Small Fees. The payments are being made as the City has slashed budgets for essential services such as street cleaning, tree trimming, sidewalk repair, and assignment of crossing guards at dangerous intersections. For example, the annual fees are almost double the entire municipal budget for maintaining its miles upon miles of streets and alleyways.

SEIU 721 and our partners in the Fix LA coalition applaud the brave and principled stand taken by Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Gil Cedillo, and Bob Blumenfield and the rest of the LA City Council. We will continue to strongly support the LA City Council as they take swift and decisive action to reverse these bad bank deals.

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Kids Shouldn't Pay For Wall Street Greed

As part of a string of summer actions to demonstrate that taxpayer dollars belong in our communities instead of banks' pockets, the Coalition of LA City Unions and their partners in the Fix LA coalition sponsored a "Kids Swim Free" event at Exposition Park--nearly 100 kids arriving between 1 pm and 2 pm got free access to the pool paid for by donations from City workers and clergy.

Tapping into Compassion

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Protesters in Murrieta, California are intimidating and scaring children fleeing violence in Central America.  That's why SEIU locals in California are launching a week of action. We want to bring attention to this humanitarian crisis. We must put the children ahead of partisan politics. 
 

June 2014 Primary Election Recap

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SEIU Local 721 members made endorsements in 86 campaigns covering six southern California Counties.  These races include statewide offices, state and federal legislative offices, as well various local races.  The results for all the races are below.  Please note that some races are still too close to call as of June 10th.  Hopefully we will have the final results in about a week when the outstanding absentee ballots are counted.
 
Of the 86 endorsements made, 78 of those campaigns won, seven lost, and one is still too close to call.

FixLA Submits Budget Balancing Plan

SEIU 721 Researchers and members of the Fix LA Coalition provided testimony on behalf of the Coalition of LA Unions to the City's Budget and Finance Committee.  We reviewed how we made sacrifices that saved the City, how the Wall Street crash decimated City services and jobs, how to hold Wall Street accountable for the damage it caused, and how our jobs and services must be restored.
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