Proposed Contract Offers Career Ladders and Living Wages for LGBTQI Workers and
LOS ANGELES--After several months of contract bargaining sessions,
the Los Angeles LGBT Center management and workers represented by SEIU Local
721 have reached a tentative agreement offering fair pay increases for all
workers, including a groundbreaking path to $15/hr. that will outpace the
minimum wage increase timeline Governor Brown signed into law in April of this
year. Recognizing that workers at the LGBT Center are the backbone of a team
who care for community members at a rate of 500,000 visits annually, all
workers will receive improvements in pay and opportunities for career
"Together the voices of workers proved that we can help move the
LGBT Center in the right direction, we've developed a tentative agreement that
provides a stronger path for both the community who depend on the Center's
wellness services and those of us who provide those services at the LGBT
Center," said Alejandra Galindo, Patient Compliance Coordinator at the LGBT
Center and a key leader in the SEIU 721 contract bargaining team. "The immense
value that workers provide to the LGBTQI community is being recognized--a value
that is reciprocated in the terms of this tentative agreement."
At six worksites, Los Angeles LGBT Center workers deliver healthcare
and provide mental health and other wellness services for individuals and
groups, as well as community outreach and education, writ large. Workers are on
the frontlines with clients and patients from the youngest generation to the
eldest, supporting those managing chronic illnesses, performing laboratory and
pharmaceutical work, and identifying resources for persons transitioning their
gender identity, and every aspect of health and wellness.
"Investing in the workforce is investing in the day-to-day frontline
services that save lives, provide hope and ultimately lift up the LGBT
community that goes to the LGBT Center," said Bob Schoonover, President of SEIU
Local 721. "SEIU Local 721 knows that our strength is grounded in our ability
to rise together - this includes workers and our communities - this tentative
agreement is proof that labor and management can respond to inequities by
working together towards equality and justice. We look forward to continue
building on this tentative agreement so that together we can continue to see
the LGBT Center flourish."
"The Center has a world-class team of employees who provide services
that are truly helping to make the world a better place for LGBT people," said
Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings. "We're happy to have reached tentative
agreement on a new union contract that recognizes their outstanding work."
The tentative agreement is a 5-year term contract and it is pending
full review and ratification vote by members represented by SEIU Local 721.
Summary of the agreement and ratification vote, dates, times and locations will
via SEIUlocal721.org by November 10, 2016.