Service Employees International Union, Local 1021
SEIU Local 1021 is a diverse, member driven organization with members who work to make our cities, schools, counties and special districts a safe and healthy place to live and raise our families. We nurse our sick, educate our children, clean our schools, care for our seniors and developmentally disabled. Our mission is to ensure that all workers and their families have a voice in our Union, as well as our workplace, government, and communities. We envision a society where all workers and their families live and work in dignity and respect.
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Notre Dame de Namur University: Recognize Our Union
Dear Colleagues, Students and Friends, The full-time and part-time faculty of Notre Dame de Namur University are organizing a union, and we ask for your support. We're asking the administration to voluntarily recognize our union; under federal law, the administration and the board of trustees can voluntarily recognize a union of the entire faculty. We believe that unionization is necessary if we hope to continue to provide our students a high-quality education. Over the last decade, we've grown increasingly concerned about the deteriorating working conditions of faculty here. Although our students' tuition has increased 13% over the past five years, faculty salaries have stagnated and are now the lowest in the entire Bay Area. Many faculty experience a lack of support and transparency in the administration's dealings with us. We struggle to "create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve" when so many of us are contingent faculty. This year, around 75% of instructors work part time, teaching more than half of our courses. Part-time instructors often experience the cancellation of teaching appointments at the last minute and changes to their contracts after they have begun teaching. Their low pay scale, combined with a 3-class per semester limit on their teaching load, means many must teach at multiple institutions to afford the rent. The long commute between jobs saps energy from the classroom. Full-time faculty have witnessed a slow reduction of tenured faculty over the years and an increase in workload, despite the recent WASC Report's recommendation to reduce faculty workload. The deterioration of faculty working conditions conflicts with NDNU's mission statement: "[The University] serves its students and the community by providing excellent professional and liberal arts programs." Many part-time faculty members have no office space on campus where they can meet individually with students, and they receive no compensation to attend department meetings. NDNU's current Strategic Plan erroneously claims that "NDNU supports student learning through professional development of faculty"—when, in fact, only a small portion of the 234 faculty who have taught here over the past nine months have received any release time or financial support to attend professional development events. We ask the NDNU administration to voluntarily allow the entire NDNU faculty to form a union, because doing so is in line with the University's mission. The Catholic social teaching tradition is unambiguous about the dignity of the worker, which includes the inalienable right to form associations and bargain collectively. This commitment to labor has been reemphasized throughout the 20th and into the 21st century by every pope. The American Church has shown systematic support of labor rights through bishops’ statements, the personal witness of “labor priests”, and the activism of many women religious, including Sister Dorothy Stang. We, the undersigned, support the right of the faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University to form a union. We ask that the University voluntarily recognize this union and not use student tuition funds or other college resources to oppose the unionization effort, and we pledge to speak out against any intimidation or retaliation that may be a result of faculty invoking their right to organize.
NIMFA GAMEZ, REMAIN NEUTRAL! LET YOUR WORKERS MAKE THEIR OWN DECISION TO UNIONIZE!
NIMFA GAMEZ REMAIN NEUTRAL! LET YOUR WORKERS MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS TO UNIONIZE! Remain neutral and allow employees a fair process to decide on unionization, free from intimidation and retaliation. Stop using smear tactics to discourage your employees from joining together to improve their working conditions for themselves and the conditions for their clients. As a contractor with the California Department of Developmental Services, please refrain from using any agency funds to interfere with workers’ decision to have a union. Accept card check and voluntarily recognize the union when you’re your workers reach majority support. Background Mission Hope Day Program employees want to form a union to improve their working conditions and the services they provide to their clients. Mission Hope provides quality, compassionate day programming services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Employees of the program work tirelessly so that their clients can fulfill their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Employee Concerns Despite the extremely low pay, limited-to-inadequate benefits, lack of safety standards and overall disrespect, employees are still dedicated to their clients. Mission Hope employees want to be heard-not ignored- when they attempt to advocate for genuine improvements that are in their clients' best interest. Employees want an opportunity to make Mission Hope a better place to work and a better place for the people within their care. Owner Nimfa Gamez's Response to Union Organizing Efforts When workers began to take steps to form a union at Mission Hope, the owner (Nimfa Gamez) began an anti-union campaign, including hiring anti-union consultant, Sandy Rudnick. Together they began holding mandatory all-staff captive meetings, sending anti-union all-staff emails, making phone calls to staff urging them to vote against forming a union, and using managers to intimidate workers. Ask Nimfa to remain neutral and stop using scare tactics against the community. Mission Hope Day Program employees deserve the chance to make a decision to unionize without fear or intimidation. Please sign our petition asking Juanita Nimfa Yamsuan Gamez to remain neutral and allow her staff to make their own decision. Mission Hope Day Program employees are now joining together to form a union with SEIU Local 1021, which represents developmentally disabled residents throughout Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, as well as across Northern California.