Welcome to the 2020 (virtual) General Council!

We are sorry that we won’t get to see you in person this year, but we’re looking forward to seeing what this new format can teach us. Who knows? Maybe we will learn something we can apply to in person events in the future. In the meantime, thank you for your flexibility and patience as we move through this first-of-its-kind event!

SEIU 503 members are stronger together – even when we’re six feet apart! 

Note: Some users may see a “System Check” Page prior to entering the event. Hit skip and continue to proceed into the event.


 


Keynote Speaker: Rocio Sáenz, SEIU International Executive Vice President

 

Rocio Saenz

Rocio Sáenz was elected SEIU International Executive Vice President in September 2013 and is now serving her second term. Sáenz has advocated for workers’ rights and community empowerment most of her adult life. She emigrated from Mexico to Los Angeles, where she initially worked low-wage jobs. Sáenz became an organizer for SEIU’s Justice for Janitors campaign in 1988, and she was part of a team that led a successful campaign to organize L.A. janitors. Read more.

 


General Council 2020 Online Resources

 

Event Materials

Additional Materials

Translated Materials

 


Latest Updates

      • August 6: Committee meetings are a wrap! Tune in tomorrow at 9 AM to hear reports from the committee chairs. In the afternoon, we will conclude General Council with a presentation on the budget and information on the next round of voting.
      • August 5: Do you need to exchange your GC 2020 jacket? Here’s the exchange form.
      • August 5: Committee meetings for the Bylaws and Employee Representation committee are tonight at 6. Click here to see when the resolutions you are most interested in will be debated.
      • August 4: The first round of committee meetings are a wrap! For the first time in our union’s history, members came together virtually to move resolutions through the General Council process. Very cool. 🙂
      • August 3: Thanks for joining us for the opening program. The content from that program will be posted here in the coming days. We’re moving into committee meetings this week. See you there!
      • August 2: The schedule for committees and resolutions is now finalized. Click here to see when the resolutions you are most interested in will be debated.
      • August 2: Tonight is Opening Program! We will hear speeches from our President, Executive Director and Treasurer, in addition to a special presentation from our union’s Equity & Inclusion Committee.
      • July 29: Early resolution votes are in! Check out the results here
      • July 27: Voting on early resolutions is open. Download resolutions with financial impact statements (top of each resolution) as well as pro/con statements (following each resolution). This link is also included in the voting email.
      • July 27: Voting on early resolutions opens today! Expect an email in the late afternoon with all the information you will need and a text reminder the following day.
      • July 26: We just completed our orientation event! Now the real fun starts.
      • July 24: Today is the last day to submit pro/con statements for early resolutions.
      • July 23: Rules votes are due at 11:59 PM today. Pro/Con statements for early resolutions are due by 11:59 tomorrow.
      • July 22: Rules Vote- Today delegates received an email with instructions for voting on the rules of General Council.
      • July 19: Reminder – The vote on the rules will open via email on July 22.
      • July 18: Delegates received access to submit pro/con statements for early resolutions via email.

 


Upcoming Schedule

Friday, August 7 | 9 AM to 2:30 PM – General Council

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  • 8:45 AM: Room Opens
  • 9:00 AM: Committee Reports
  • 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Break
  • 1:00 PM: Committee Reports
  • 2:00 PM: Budget Presentation and Closing Remarks
  • 2:30 PM: Adjourn!

Download the full agenda here.


Governance

This year, the votes on resolutions and the budget will be conducted online. On the date of the vote, you will receive an email with a link to the ballot and a unique ID. Votes will be due the following day at 11:59 PM. If you have issues accessing your ballot please call the Member Assistance Center at 1-844-503-SEIU (7348).

Vote #1 Rules | July 22 – July 23 at 11:59 PM

Vote #2 Early resolutions | July 27 – July 28 at 11:59 PM

Vote #3 Committee resolutions | August 11 to August 12 at 11:59 PM
Vote #4 Budget | August 14 to August 15 at 11:59 PM


Questions

Online GC! How will that work? We’ve held orientations to help answer that question. If you missed the orientations, click here to watch a recording.

If you have a question, check the FAQ below, or call the Member Assistance Center at 1-844-503-SEIU (7348) at anytime during General Council.

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the Governor's quarantine orders large group events are not allowed to meet yet. In an abundance of caution the SEIU Local 503 Board of Directors approved that this years event become a virtual event so we can maintain compliance with our by-laws.
Some portions of the event may overlap with your work schedule. If that’s the case, please request time off. Most SEIU 503 members have provisions in their contracts covering the use of paid time for union activities. If you’re unsure about your contract language, please contact your organizer.
Yes, This year all voting will be considered "out of session" so you do not have to attend all sessions to be able to vote. If you would like someone else to attend in your place and to be the voting delegate please let your organizer know as soon as possible so we can get them registered and credentialed.
Delegates are invited to attend all sessions.
Guests/Non-Delegates are invited to attend the following sessions: General Council Preview & Delegate Orientation Welcome Session Opening Program Presentation of Resolutions Presentation of Budget Guests/Non-Delegates just as in an in-person event are not able to "speak" to the assembly and therefore will not have be able to contribute to sessions, they will only be able to view proceedings.
Any extra meetings for delegates of a sub-local or coalition are being coordinated by the sub-local leadership teams and your organizer.
To participate in the sessions it is recommended that you have the following: - Computer (Not a tablet or iPad) - Microphone and Speakers (For most laptops this is built into the system) - Strong internet service (5 Mbps download speed as a minimum) If you are concerned about your internet speed go to www.speedtest.net and conduct the test. We recommend testing when others in your household are also on the internet so you will get an accurate reading. If your download speed is less than 5 Mbps or if you do not have access to a computer with microphone and speakers please let us know and we will work with you on making equipment available.


Tech Issues

If you have issues please call the Member Assistance Center at 1-844-503-SEIU (7348).


Translation & Interpretation

General Council is a multilingual event. If you need assistance accessing events and materials please call the Member Assistance Center at 1-844-503-SEIU (7348).