28 Mar Mike Garcia: A Legacy of Organizing

Posted in Blog: Labor Edge Mike Garcia: A Legacy of Organizing March 28, 2017 Fearless. That was Mike Garcia. In his nearly 40 years with the labor movement, Mike never backed down from a fight. He was fierce, passionate and unwaveringly committed to social and economic justice, especially for low-wage workers most in need of a voice on the job. Mike passed away over the weekend after an illness. Today, the entire California labor movement mourns his loss with his family, friends and brothers and sisters at SEIU-USWW. Mike’s career in labor began in 1980, organizing janitors in multiple cities. To Mike, organizing wasn’t a job; it was a calling. Immigrant janitors are among the workers most in danger of exploitation. Giving those workers a voice was the driving force of his career. As the leader of SEIU local 1877, Mike led success organizing campaigns for janitors at tech behemoths like Oracle and Apple.  In 2000, Mike led a three-week strike of janitors in Los Angeles, a bold action that led to dramatic gains for those workers and was the impetus for a powerful movement of low-wage workers in LA that continues to this day. Mike didn’t organize from behind a desk. He organized in the streets.  At the worksite.  At the homes of his members. It was a 24-hour, 365-day job. That’s what his members loved about him. He wasn’t just their leader. He was their friend. He was one of them. His fierce commitment to worker justice led to the expansion of Local 1877, and in 2010, Mike became the leader of a new 40,000-member strong statewide union representing property service workers, SEIU-USWW. Mike was also a powerful voice for all workers through his role on the Labor Federation’s executive council. Mike would challenge us to be bolder, to take risks and to never forget that at the core, we’re all organizers. His leadership helped unions lead the fight to defeat Meg Whitman in 2010, electing Jerry Brown as Governor. While there were many things to admire about Mike – his tenacity, his drive, his strategic mind, his compassion – his legacy is grounded in his ability to get his members to believe that anything is possible when they stand together to take on powerful forces aligned against them. Under Mike’s leadership, a union of immigrants rose to become one of the strongest voices for worker rights and social justice in the state of California. Those members believed in Mike, and Mike got them to believe in themselves, no matter the odds. Mike was a friend. He was a brother. And he was one hell of an organizer. While we mourn his passing, we know his spirit lives on in the hearts of every immigrant and worker who organized for justice. It lives on with every family lifted out of poverty because they got a union on the job. It lives on through the social justice movements Mike helped build, that gave voice to the voiceless and power to the exploited and vulnerable. We’ll miss you dearly, Mike. There will never be another like you. — In lieu of flowers, Mike’s wishes were for contributions to be made to the “Building Skills Partnership” C/O Mike Garcia Scholarship Fund 828 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015 in order to help SEIU members’ children attend college.  (Tax deductible )  For more info, please email info@buildingskills.org Information on services for Mike Garcia: TBA Posted in Blog: Labor Edge ...

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28 Sep AMIN DAVID – A Celebration of His Life & Legacy!

AMIN DAVID - A Celebration of His Life & Legacy! Please join us to celebrate Amin's incredible life, his journey, and his legacy! WHEN:  Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  - 3:00 p.m. Special Tribute WHERE:  Anaheim High School, Cook Auditorium, 811 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805 HOW:  If you can, we ask that you wear a Guayabera or rebozo in honor of Amin! WHAT:  At the event, you will have the opportunity to write a personal note or record a brief video message that will be shared with Amin’s family. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided to complement this celebration. We look forward to seeing you, your loved ones and friends! RSVP  ...

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FOOD DRIVE FOR VETERANS Sept. 26 – Nov. 10, 2016 Help veterans who have done so much for us. Bring your non-perishable food items to the Orange County Labor Federation at 309 N. Rampart St., Orange, 92868 during business hours. You can also bring your food donations to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Nov. 11, 2016. It’s the biggest Veterans Day celebration in Orange County! What can you donate? • Canned and instant soups, pastas, and canned fruits and vegetable...

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29 Jul Put an End to Unequal Treatment of Farm Workers!

Since 1938, farm workers have been denied overtime pay that every other worker gets feeding America. Truck drivers, food processors, grocery workers and restaurant workers all handle the food farm workers harvest, yet farm workers are the only ones denied overtime pay when they work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Join the UFW to support overtime pay for farm workers! When:     Monday, August 1, 2016 Time:      12:00 PM Where:    2400 East Katella Ave., Suite 640 Anaheim, CA 92806 For more information, call Michelle Teran at 714.717.0633  ...

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28 Jun Labor Day Celebration

Join the Orange County Labor Federation to celebrate Labor Day!  Together we’re helping to lead a movement for good jobs, strong communities, where people are valued, respected and given a voice at work to support and provide for their families. To RSVP the event please contact OC Labor Federation at 714.385.1534 For sponsorship opportunity please call Joline Cruz or Kathia Canlas at 714.385.1534. Sponsorship Form LABOR DAY Event Flyer    ...

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14 Jun Book Signing: America’s Social Arsonist

Book Signing: America's Social Arsonist Have you ever heard of Fred Ross Sr.? If not, join us for a fascinating gathering of labor and community leaders about one of California's most accomplished and trend setting organizers. Great history recounted as one of the best books on California history hits our shelves. The Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid Farm Workers would like to invite you to attend a Book Signing on Wednesday, June 15. Here are the details: Fred Ross, America's Social Arsonist Book Party When:  Wednesday, June 15, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Where:  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 309 N. Rampart, Suite M. Orange or Wednesday, June 15, from 7:00 pm-8:30pm at Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine Please RSVP by emailing sdarweesh@aol.com ...

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CITIZENSHIP FAIR: Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm Location: North Orange County Community College District 1830 W Romneya Dr Anaheim, CA 92801 FREE Citizenship Application Assistance N-400 Legal advice on the Naturalization Process Citizenship Courses Citizenship Educational Materials To make an appointment, call (714) 621- 0919 ext. 13 ...

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14 Jun UNITE HERE Local 11 Job Opportunity: Representation Department

UNITE HERE Local 11 Job Opportunity: Representation Department UNITE HERE Local 11 represents approximately 20,000 workers in the hospitality industry throughout Southern California. They are housekeepers, food servers, cooks, dishwashers, bartenders and many other employees in the tourism and food service industries. Local 11 has a proud history of community involvement and a strong commitment to improving working conditions, wages, and benefits for all working men and women. UNITE HERE Local 11 has an opening for an Administrative position within the Representation Department. Description: Administrative Position/Representation Department This position is an administrative support position to the Representation Department where the responsibilities include initial contact with Union members, tracking and processing of grievances, and related documents, record keeping and data base maintenance. Job Responsibilities (include but are not limited to the following): To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to: • Assist members with grievance inquiries ● Data entry and maintenance of files, member lists ● Written and verbal communications with members, staff and employers ● Answering incoming telephone calls and retrieving daily messages ● Generate reports ● Maintain deadlines ● Record and track grievances ● Other duties as assigned ● Manage multiple responsibilities on a daily basis Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: ● Computer skills: excel, word, power point ● Database proficient: ability to learn and work on database ● Writing ability: ability to write and format letters and professional communication; skilled at grammar, spelling and formatting ● Demonstrated excellent organizational skills and high capacity for attention to details. Qualities Needed for the Position: ● Problem Solving –Ability to exercise judgment to identify and resolve problems ● Membership Service – Respond promptly to member’s needs; respond to requests for service and assistance. ● Interpersonal Skills: ability and willingness to work with a variety of members, staff and employers in a professional manner. ● Teamwork – Exhibit objectivity and openness to others’ views; contribute to building a positive team spirit; support everyone’s efforts to succeed. ● Ethics – Treat people with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; inspire the trust of others; work with integrity and ethically. ● Organizational Support – Follow policies and procedures; support organization’s goals and values. ● Motivation – Demonstrate persistence and overcome obstacles. ● Planning/Organizing – Plan and Prioritize work to complete in a timely manner; ● Initiative – Volunteer readily; seek increased responsibilities; take advantage of opportunities; ask for and offer help when needed. Job Requirements/Qualifications: The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. ● Proficient in Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Access, Google, Power Point ● 2 -3 years’ experience in related field with administrative duties ● Typing at a range between 60 and 70 wpm. ● Proficient data entry and the ability to operate a 10­key data keyboard by touch with speed and accuracy is required ● Ability to work independently within the context of a plan ● Proficient understanding with copy and fax machines ● Bilingual English/Spanish. ● All eligible applicants will require testing in math, typing, and 10­key. Please submit cover letter, resume and references to Alma Peñaranda, at alma@unitehere11.org. No phone call. Test will be required....

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