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 City Bargaining Teams Ready to Fix LA

On April 8, LA City Bargaining Team members participated in a Bargaining Summit to discuss upcoming contract negotiations with city management. Teams from each of the Coalition of LA City Unions' member unions were there to discuss bargaining priorities, strategy and to formulate a community-based vision to fix Los Angeles.

Here are photos from the event:


Compton Job Fair Draws Hundreds

SEIU 721 co-sponsored the Compton Job Fair on April 5. Nearly 1,000 job-seekers lined up for the event, which featured dozens of vendors.

Compton mayor Aja Brown helped facilitate the event and partnered with SEIU 721 to make it happen. More than a few people came away from the day with a new job, and everyone got quality leads.

Here's a photo slideshow:

LA City Members: Update on Dependent Coverage in Flex

For employees eligible for Flex benefits, LA City is announcing the 2014 Dependent Eligibility Verification program. The program is designed to ensure that all dependents enrolled in Flex health plans are actually eligible for coverage. 

It's part of the City's commitment to control health care costs and promote the sustainability of our health benefits.

Fix LA Exposes the Truth About Wall Street

The Fix LA Coalition is still taking over the airwaves. On April 1, SEIU Local 721 Research Analyst Lisa Cody appeared on KPFK's Uprising Radio program to talk about Fix LA's recently-released report showing that Wall Street is charging the City of LA more than $200 million in fees each year.

Watch the interview below or listen to it here

LA/OC Cities Stewards Council Update - March 2014

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LA City Civil Engineer Kesavan Korand wrote this summary of the recent LA/OC Cities Stewards' and Leaders' Council Meeting held on March 19.

Next Stewards' and Leaders' Council Meeting:

Wednesday, April 16
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
SEIU 721 Headquarters
1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90017

The meeting started sharply at 5.00 p.m. with the introduction of 14 Steward Members from various departments such as Public Works, LAPD, LAWA and others. Mark Duranty, Senior Program Director, from QLD Information Systems was our guest speaker of the day.

Vote Elizabeth Greenwood for LACERS Board

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LA City members: Retirement Board trustees are responsible for overseeing and investing our money. That's why re-electing Elizabeth Greenwood to the LACERS Board is so critical. She's the only candidate who has the knowledge, guts and integrity that we need to protect our future.

Elizabeth Greenwood is a tireless advocate for city workers and our benefits. She took office at LACERS in 2009 during the worst financial crisis of our lives. LACERS had lost over 20% of its value, and panic gripped the city. But Elizabeth helped bring LACERS back from the brink. During her term, LACERS rose from a $9 billion fund to one valued at over $13 billion. She also stands up to politicians and pundits any time they attack our benefits. Elizabeth Greenwood deserves your vote.

Vote-for-Elizabeth-Greenwood-LACERS-2014_1_Page_1x350.jpg"I'm a city worker just like you, and I know we are the backbone of this city. Critics of our retirement system are just wrong--our salaries and benefits are not to blame for LA's financial problems. We aren't responsible for bad city management or handing out huge tax breaks to corporations. If you give me your vote, I'll spend the next five years safeguarding your retirement security and shifting the focus from Wall Street to LA's streets and neighborhoods."
--Elizabeth Greenwood, LACERS Board Member


"Liz is smart, strong, tough and has a deep understanding of and commitment to our retirement fund. We absolutely need to re-elect Elizabeth Greenwood for another term on the LACERS Board."
--Bob Schoonover, President SEIU Local 721


Voting instructions

  • Fill out the identification envelope with your name, mailing address, the last four digits of your social security number, your signature and the date of signing.
  • Enclose the ballot in the completed identification envelope.
  • Enclose the identification envelope containing the ballot in the return envelope.
  • Return by mail or by personal deposit to the City Clerk's office.
Need a replacement ballot?

  • If you inadvertently spoil a ballot, you may receive a replacement ballot from the City Clerk.
  • If you do not receive your ballot, you may receive a replacement ballot from the City Clerk upon filing a signed affidavit

Greenwood is endorsed by the Coalition of LA City Unions, SEIU Local 721, AFSCME District Council 36, Operating Engineers Local 501, LIUNA Local 777, Teamsters Local 911, and former LACERS trustees Shelley Smith, Charley Mims and Marvin Adams.

Working Together to Fix LA

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At a lively March 25 rally in front of the Bank of NY Mellon in Los Angeles, the Fix LA Coalition unveiled a groundbreaking research report, entitled "No Small Fees: LA Spends More on Wall Street than Our Streets." It reveals that Wall Street charges the City of Los Angeles more than $200 million in fees, more than it spends on street repairs.

Coalition members called for action to reduce the high fees and put that money back into neighborhood services, like trimming trees, filling potholes, fixing sidewalks, cleaning parks and clearing alleys. After the rally, Fix LA Coalition members delivered the report to elected officials in City Hall.

Meet Your LA City Bargaining Team

After a vigorous campaign and thousands of votes cast, the results of the SEIU 721 LA City Bargaining Team election are in. Below are the names of your 2014 Bargaining Team members listed by MOU.

Your Bargaining Team will keep you updated and informed during negotiations. Whether you are on the team or not, get involved in the city campaign.  It's the only way we'll win a strong contract for our families and communities. Together, we can fix LA!

Get Discount NASCAR Tickets Today

Is one Labor Day enough to celebrate the contributions of working families to our society? No way.

That's why NASCAR is honoring union members with discount tickets at an upcoming Auto Club Speedway race. Your union, SEIU 721, is a sponsor of this special offer. Here are the details:

Sunday, March 23
Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Avenue
Fontana, CA


Each ticket is just $35, including a pre-race pit pass. That's less than half the cost for an exciting day of fun.

If you go to the race, you'll see SEIU 721's logo flashed on the jumbotrons across the stadium. Wear you purple with pride! 

To purchase tickets, visit autoclubspeedway.com/union or call 800-944-RACE (7223). Remember to tell them you are an SEIU 721 member for the discount.

Offer expires March 14.

LA/OC Cities Stewards Council Update - February 2014

LA City Criminalist Lisa Schliebe wrote this summary of the recent LA/OC Cities Stewards' and Leaders' Council Meeting held on Feb. 19.

Next Stewards' and Leaders' Council Meeting:

Wednesday, March 19
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
SEIU 721 Headquarters, Room 1A
1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90017
RSVP here.


On Feb. 19, LA City Stewards met at the SEIU 721 headquarters to have our monthly meeting.

The meeting started with a training scenario dealing with grievances and then followed with a discussion on the difference between a Grievance and an Unfair Labor Practice. 

We then enjoyed a visit from Liz Greenwood, a city worker and LACERS Board member who is currently running for re-election. Wall Street types want to push her out because she supports our members and wants to keep our futures secure without kowtowing to big banks and corporate interests.   

We also had a great presentation by SEIU 721 Political Coordinator Devin Osiri about what the union does to strategize and promote our communities' interests during election campaigns. He was very helpful in explaining the need for Committee on Political Education (COPE) donations and what unions can and cannot do during an election.  

Lastly, we had an update on our upcoming bargaining campaign. The key points to remember are that the voting ballets for the Bargaining Team will be mailed out in early March. They can be mailed in directly, turned in at the union, turned in to a steward who can take them to the union, or dropped in one of the collection boxes that will be scattered around at the larger facilities. Remember, all ballots must be filled out and sealed regardless of form of submission.

As a reminder, bargaining will begin in early April.

We closed with the reading of a quote by Molly Ivins: "Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts."

For more information, contact the 721 Member Connection: (877) 721-4968.

NEW: Discount Tickets in Three Clicks

Discount-Tickets-in-Just-Th.jpgIt just got easier to get discounted recreation tickets through your union, SEIU 721.

Now, you can buy them online. Click here to get discount tickets online today or anytime you want them.

Just find the tickets you want, click the purple link, and enter your full name and Membership Card ID. Then, get ready to take your family to the best theme parks, movies and special events in Southern California.

2013-2016-EBoard-Tim-Burke-80x100.jpg"We wanted to make sure that every SEIU 721 member can get discount tickets easily wherever they are."
-Tim Burke, City of Hemet Lead Water Systems Distribution Operator and SEIU 721 Executive Board Member


We're also getting new Ticket Kiosks so that you can still easily purchase tickets in person at the SEIU 721 offices. And you can purchase by mail too.

Download this flyer for more information and a list of vendors.

Contact the Member Connection at (877) 721-4YOU (4968) with questions or to retrieve a lost Membership Card ID.

2014 Regional Council Election Results

LA/OC Cities

MOU 8-Kesavan S. Korand

MOU 14-Alan Peshek

MOU 18-Daren McDaniel

City of Baldwin Park-Ramon Burgos

City of Inglewood-Joseph Watson

City of Santa Ana-Sergio Verino


LA County

Bargaining Unit 111-Cheyenne Chambers and Barbara Thurman

Bargaining Unit 112-Lillian Cabral

Bargaining Unit 121-Efren Diaz

Bargaining Unit-311 Marva Burgess

Bargaining Unit-341-Daphne Teoh

Bargaining Unit 342-Patrick Del Conte

Bargaining Unit 431-Paul Aldape

Bargaining Unit 711-Veronica Johnson

Bargaining Unit 722-Evangelia Vitogiannis

Bargaining Unit 723-Mellonie Freeman

Bargaining Unit 729-Lydia Cabral

Bargaining Unit 731-Adolfo Granados and Tracey Boykins

Bargaining Unit 732-Melinda Harrison

Bargaining Unit 777-Jorge Ortiz, Jr.

Bargaining Unit 850-Renee' Pasqua

NLACRC-Carol J. Bluiett

Emergency Financial Assistance Available for Rent

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Are you or a union member that you know struggling to make rent this month?  There may be some help out there.

Labor Community Services, a program run by the AFL-CIO and The United Way, recently received additional rental assistance funds through a grant that be must spent in the next three weeks. 

LA/OC Cities Stewards Council Update - January 2014

stacee_karnya2.jpgLA City Chemist II Stacee Karnya wrote this summary of the recent LA/OC Cities Stewards' and Leaders' Council Meeting, held on Jan. 15, 2014.

Next Stewards' and Leaders' Council Meeting:

Wednesday, Feb. 19
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
SEIU 721 Headquarters, Room 1A
1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90017
RSVP here.


What Are Your Ideas to Lift Up LA?

Tamura-Fatheree_2_memex350.jpgAs you've probably seen in the papers and on TV, public sector workers are under attack.

They try to drive a wedge between us and the city residents we serve, but that's not the real story. We've got an opportunity to turn things around.

How?

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