On Thursday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2014, hundreds of workers from the Riverside County Probation Department converged on the Moreno Valley Conference Center to celebrate with their peers during the department's annual Employee Recognition and Awards Ceremony. This was the first year the Probation Department received help from any sponsors for this annual event and SEIU 721 was honored to help recognize our members for their hard work and dedication in 2013
On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, nearly 200 public service workers from the Riverside County Regional Medical Center packed three informational sessions to hear directly from Jeff Stone, Chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Thursday's open forum Q&A sessions at the hospital were hosted by SEIU 721, but all hospital employees, regardless of union affiliation, were invited to attend this historic event due to the importance of the information being discussed.
Several hundred SEIU 721 Riverside County Supervisory Unit members in more than 30 classifications will receive over $1.6 million in wage increases due to negotiated contract language. The money will come as salary increases of up to 5.5%, many with retroactive pay back to Sept. 5, 2013. The Board of Supervisors approved the first round of salary corrections on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
More than 1,000 Inland Area residents came to 3rd Annual LULAC Community Health Fair on Saturday, Feb. 22, many of them seeking relief from chronic pain. For those who arrived early they received free dental care, medical check-ups, vision and hearing tests and other services that they couldn't normally pay for.
Under a canopy of date palms and light clouds, SEIU 721 Inland Area members held an information and public education booth at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival this past weekend. As photographs of Inland workers fluttered in the light breeze, members handed out posters reminding people of the great strides that have been made in the workplace due to the struggle and commitment of union members.
SEIU 721 began negotiations with Riverside County Law Library management for a new contract almost one year ago. Instead of accepting a status quo, long-term contract, the bargaining team committed themselves to winning important gains in wages and healthcare benefits, which would be competitive with other public service workers
I attended the Jan. 15 LA/OC Cities and Districts Stewards' and Leaders' Council meeting at SEIU Local 721. As an LA City member from MOU 8, which joined SEIU 721 a few years ago, I am always seeking opportunities to learn more about my job as a steward.
The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival runs from Feb. 14 - 23 at the Indio fairgrounds. This is the first year SEIU 721 is helping to sponsor this annual event and we will have an SEIU 721 member booth inside the fairgrounds on Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 15 - 16 and Feb. 22 - 23 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The 3rd Annual LULAC Community Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2060 University Ave., Riverside.
This is the second year SEIU 721 has helped sponsored this great community event, which helps those in need get free medical, dental, and vision care. Volunteers are needed to help with many different duties, such as patient check-ins.