Message from the Secretary-Treasurer

Richard Barrera, Secretary-Treasurer

Brothers and Sisters,

The City of San Diego had a landmark victory recently with the City Council's approval of a prevailing wage for all major city projects. It's a huge step forward for workers, and for all San Diegans.

As I said when it passed, adopting the prevailing wage ordinance is a golden opportunity for our City Council to create thousands of good, middle-class jobs for San Diegans and provide a great economic boost to our city thanks to increased public revenue. By investing in our local workers, we provide a big win for the city.

We had even more good news recently, as members of SEIU 221 reached a tentative 2-year agreement with the City of Chula Vista. We were proud to support them in that negotiation and congratulate them on reaching an agreement.

But the fight continues. Negotiations for San Diego County workers have shown little progress so far, and first responders in El Centro, members of Teamsters 542, have gone on strike for decent pay and improved safety equipment. We'll keep standing with all these workers as their efforts continue.

I hope you'll join us to talk about these issues and all the challenges facing San Diego's middle class at our 4th Annual Labor Day Breakfast, being held on Friday, August 30th. You can get your tickets now for a great event celebrating our region's workers.

In solidarity.

Richard Barrera, Secretary-Treasurer