August 5, 2013

Stewards’ Recognition Banquet

Steward Awards Logo

In honor of your dedication and commitment to Local 221 and its members we would like to invite you to a banquet in your honor. You and your fellow Stewards will be treated to lunch and a special presentation, including a Steward of the Year Award. Please join us to celebrate YOU!

Stewards’ Recognition Banquet

Saturday, August 24, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Best Western Island Palms Hotel

205 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 – Grand Marina Room

Special guest speaker is Mickey Kasparian, President of UFCW Local 135 and the Labor Council

Space is limited, please RSVP to christa.fink@seiu221.org or (858) 560-0151.

Nominate your favorite Steward by going to this link and filling out a nomination form.

Directions:

From: The south or west.
If you are traveling on either Interstate 5 south or Interstate 8 west, take the Rosecrans Exit and continue on Rosecrans to Shelter Island Drive and turn left. At the fork in the road, stay to the right, and continue to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina.

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Bargaining Update 7.31.13

Our SEIU Local 221 County Negotiating Committee voted unanimously to reject the County’s last, best offer and declare impasse. We committed from the very beginning that we would not be bullied by the County into a contract based on fears, ultimatums and threats. We said that a Fair Contract needed to achieve goals approved by our members at the start of negotiations:

– Fair Wage Increase, Not 1-Time Bonuses

– Affordable Quality Healthcare

– Working Together to Provide the Best Service to Our Community

– Fair Promotions and Transfers

– A Real Voice for San Diego County Workers

Instead, the County management used the old playbook. They ignored our experience and our concerns. They decided that they were going to dictate the deal and not listen. And like last time, they proposed a bad deal and threatened to make it worse if we didn’t cave in.

They proposed one-time bonuses which are the same as a wage freeze for the overwhelming majority of employees. They rejected proposed improvements to our health insurance or making progress toward parity in what we pay out-of-pocket. They ignored proposals for improved staffing and quality service. They not only rejected giving employees more rights and recourse at work, including for promotions and transfers, they proposed to further restrict employee recourse through the grievance procedure and in disciplinary matters. You can view the proposals on our website here.

NOW IT IS TIME FOR ACTION

1. Attend worksite meetings and vote to reject the County’s proposal

2. Sign the petition that commits to your co-workers across the County that:

a) We all reject the County proposal

b) They can count on you to participate in lawful, protected job actions that are voted on and supported by Union members

3. Support the decision to go through the Fact-Finding Process and call on the Board of Supervisors and County leadership to respect the decision of the Fact-Finding Panel

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