• Q: How much are union dues?

    Union dues are 1.4% of your gross wages and are deducted from your paycheck monthly.

  • Q: How do I become a member?

    You can become a member by completing the SEIU 1021 Member Application and Payroll Authorization. List the "Employer" as Sonoma County Junior College District.

  • Q: What Union do I belong to?

    Welcome! You are now a member of the Service Employees International Union – SEIU – the third largest and fastest growing Union in North America. Local 1021 represents over 50,000 members in North California. We are a Union whose leadership reflects the diversity of its members, a Union that wins respect, better wages and benefits, and improved working conditions for its members.

  • Q: What exactly is a Union?

    A Union is a group of individuals who join together to form an organization which represents them regarding work and employment issues. The Union is EACH of you. There are many ways to have a voice in your Union, beyond voting for officers and voting on contracts.

  • Q: What does the Union do for me?

    Local 1021 negotiates contracts, represents you on job grievances and during disciplinary proceedings, works with you on legislative and political actions to advocate for the issues that affect you and your family, provides opportunities for education, offers scholarships for members and their families, and much more….

  • Q: Why should I be a member?

    If you and your coworkers were not united in representation, the Union wouldn’t have as much strength to represent you at the bargaining table and on the job. When everyone is a member, it makes us strong and enables us to meet the employer on equal terms.

  • Q: Why is a contract so important?


    • It is a legal agreement between you and your employer.
    • You have a voice in deciding your demands before contract negotiations even begin.
    • A contract protects workers – without one you have no power in the workplace.
    • It requires a “due process” system for resolving problems in the workplace.
  • Q: What is a contract?

    A contract spells out all agreements between you and your employer including:

    • wages,
    • benefits,
    • holidays/sick leave/vacation,
    • conditions of employment, and
    • workplace safety
  • Q: Who decides to accept or reject a contract?

    All dues-paying Union members vote on whether or not to accept a contract offer.

  • Q: Why do we need a Union?

    Labor Unions have been an important part of this country’s history for many years. Many workers have sacrificed, even died, for the rights we now enjoy. These early pioneers, maybe even one of your parents or grandparents, knew that only with a Union could they achieve on-the-job dignity and be assured of decent wages, health benefits, humane working conditions, and job security – foundations of Union representation.