Congratulations Local 221 Advocacy Team!

Sometimes we forget to thank our expert Advocacy Team for their tireless work.  These two employees train Stewards, and handle all employee grievance and discipline issues with skill and finesse!  SEIU Local 221 celebrates their fall 2012 victories and congratulates all those involved on a job well done!

Local 221 Advocacy Center Fall 2012 accomplishments:

COUNTY HHSA

  • The Agency released a Human Services Specialist (HSS) on probation for taking too much sick leave.  After meeting with HR and determining that the Agency violated her Family Medical Leave (FML) rights, the employee was fully reinstated.
  • Reduced a termination to a suspension at the Skelly hearing after SEIU argued that the employee’s outstanding work record should mitigate the discipline.
  • Letter of Warning for excessive absenteeism reworded to exclude dates taken in conjunction with FML and workers’ comp.
  • Performance Evaluation Appeal: Overall rating changed to “standard” and commentary changed.
  • Letter of Reprimand reduced to a letter of warning with language changes in the pre-arbitration stage.

COUNTY NHA

  • Settlement in termination case whereby member receives unemployment and a cash settlement of $4,000.

COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS

  • One-day suspension reduced to a Letter of Reprimand at the Skelly hearing.  The Letter of Reprimand was subsequently removed in its entirety through the grievance procedure.

COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL

  • Four-day suspension reduced to a two-day at the Skelly hearing.

COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER

  • Performance Evaluation Appeal: Overall changed to “standard” and all requested individual ratings and commentary changed.

COUNTY PURCHASING AND CONTRACTING

  • Letter of Warning removed in its entirety through the grievance procedure.

EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY SERVICES (ECS)

  • Written warning removed in its entirety through the grievance procedure.

MAXIMIZING ACCESS TO ADVANCE OUR COMMUNITIES (MAAC)

  • Negotiated a reasonable accommodation of a modified schedule for an employee with serious medical restrictions.

EMPLOYER AND MEMBER CONFIDENTIAL (settlement agreements with confidentiality clauses)

  • Two terminated employees withdrew request for binding arbitration in exchange for a total of $10,000, an agreement not to contest unemployment and two letters of recommendation.
  • Demotion reversed by settlement in the pre-arbitration stage of the grievance procedure.
  • 10-day suspension reduced to 5-days and letter of warning reduced to verbal warning (upon satisfactory completion of a performance improvement plan) through the grievance mediation process.
  • Settlement in termination case whereby member receives unemployment and a cash settlement of $5,000.

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