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LBRE Reaches Out to Union Leaders Regarding Air Quality Conditions

Stanford poor airquality

It’ll be a long time before anyone forgets about the disastrous Camp fire and the terrible air quality we all experienced as a result of the wildfire. With Sonoma County on fire, SEIU Local 2007 union members have been paying close attention to our employers’ reactions. Will they be better prepared?

We want to give props to LBRE at Stanford University for reaching out to leaders early to inform us that they are monitoring the air quality for the workers within the department. LBRE’s Executive Director, Robert Carpenter, learned from last year – gardeners, tree specialists, plumbers, road maintenance, irrigation specialists, HVAC techs, etc. can’t avoid going outside while at work during these natural disasters. We also want to point out that it was LBRE last year that made the call to release workers, with pay, when the Air Quality Index reported dangerous levels for almost a week!

Our thoughts go out to those affected by the wild fire and the power outages.

We’ll keep you all posted!

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Know Your Rights to Strike – FAQs

Hey all! We are still 16 days away from our contract expiring but here is some important information that you must know as we get closer to August 31st. Strikes are one of the most common subjects that comes up at any work site as a labor contract nears its expiration. Our Negotiations Team put together an FAQ so all workers know their rights to participate in collective action, especially when one of our employers commits an unfair labor practice. Check it out!


Strike FAQs

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The Ball is in Your Court Stanford!

The Ball is in your Court Stanford

Stanford University has been interested in discussing wages with the Local for months now. In fact, there has barely been a negotiations session where they haven’t asked about it! Yesterday, our Negotiations Team finally gave the University what they are asking for – our wage and contract term proposal.

We are asking for 21% over a 3 year 1 month contract. Our Chief Negotiator and Executive Director, Francisco Preciado, pointed out that the Local is not being unreasonable and asking for the 107% wage increase that was given to Robert Reidy (Vice President, LBRE) in 2016 that brought him to a $1.5 million salary. Nor are we asking for the 9% wage increase that John Etchemendy (former Provost, Stanford) received in 2016 that brought him to approximately $734,000 salary.

The average bargaining unit member makes $32.90 per hour that means, if this proposal were to go in affect exactly as it is, the average bargaining unit member would see a $2.30 pay raise the first year, a $2.46 pay raise the second year, and a $2.64 pay raise the third year.

Stanford, show us how much you really value labor. The ball is in your court now.

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Local 2007 Takes on the Bay Area Housing Crisis

SEIU L2007 Fights for Affordable Housing

What’s Happening?

The County of Santa Clara is currently in the process of determining how much Stanford should contribute for housing to mitigate Stanford’s impacts of development under the proposed General Use Permit. We have urged Stanford to build affordable housing on or near campus for service workers. We are working with the county, students, and affordable housing allies to push Stanford to commit to supporting its workforce by creating affordable housing. The county recently voted to direct staff to draft an ordinance with a proposed fee of $68.50 per square foot of academic development, but this number could go up or down depending on the level of community involvement.

Next Steps

There are several upcoming community and county meetings where your voice is critical to pushing Stanford to build affordable housing units. The next meeting to provide input through the Stanford Community Resource Group committee is:

June 14, at 7:00 pm. 1313 Newell Rd. Palo Alto, CA.

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Stanford Food Service Workers Take on Management

SEIU Local 2007 Food Service Workers handed their petition regarding work load and chronic under staffing.
SEIU Local 2007 Food Service Workers getting ready to hand their petition regarding work load and chronic under staffing.

Last month (October 2017) SEIU Local 2007 Food Service Workers told Stanford Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) management they have had enough of their delay tactics in addressing the chronic understaffing in the dining halls. Union staff and stewards have been in formal talks with R&DE management for over a year regarding this issue with no movement in the right direction. Bargaining unit members are working side by side with casual and temporary workers for years that have no access to University benefits (i.e. health care/ vacation time/401K) because they are religiously kept under 20 hours per week. Despite the fact that these workers have the experience needed to fill the over 25 vacant positions posted on the University website. To make matters worse, the giant workload placed upon the Food Service Workers is becoming a health and safety issue. Our members have great pride in the service they provide and the students who receive them. This is why they push hard to still meet management’s high demands on their bodies but more and more workers are having to go out on workers’ comp injuries, and short-term or long-term disability. Workers from Lakeside, Ricker, and Manzanita dining halls signed and delivered petitions to demand that R&DE management recognize and appreciate the hard work of its employees, actively promote from within to fill the higher level vacant positions, offer opportunities to the casual and temporary employees currently working in the dining halls, and provide adequate coverage for those out on workers’ comp or disability.

This isn’t the end… this is only the beginning.

Food Service Workers from Manzanita (Casper) pose for a picture before they deliver their petition around workload/ under staffing.
Food Service Workers from Manzanita (Casper) pose for a picture before they deliver their petition to Residential and Dining Enterprises management.