Last week SEIU members voted 86% YES to ratify the Tentative Agreement! This year’s ratification was the largest turnout in years. The bargaining team is confident that members agree that progress was made towards the membership’s goals.
The SEIU membership continues to grow every month because employees know that if we do not organize around our common goals, work together towards a more productive relationship with our employer, and make progress for ourselves as a working middle-class, no one will.
Together we are stronger and we encourage all County employees to join SEIU so that we can be an even more effective Union. This is our Union!
Ultimately, a union is a group of people who wield power when they are committed to take action to reach their goals. Signing a membership card is the first step, being actively aware and engaged is step two, and staying united when the going gets tough is step three. This year a large percentage of the membership was willing to go the distance to win a fair contract. The membership, activists, and worksite leaders are more committed than ever! What 2013 taught us is an activist based Union is more effective than the service based model of unionism of the past.
To each and every one of you who wore purple, took a unity break, marched through the streets, came to a meeting, made a phone call, or encouraged a friend to join the Union…WE DID IT!
(1600 Pacific Highway) Members are encouraged to attend! Board scheduled to vote on the TA.
(Al Bahr Shriners – 5440 Kearny Mesa Road)
(Location TBD) Stewards/worksite activists encouraged to attend. Learn new contract language and the plan to win the the years to come!
Congratulations to our Stewards and Advocacy Center Team for your hard work in fighting for our rights!
County of San Diego
– Proposed order of suspensions for two PSW’s removed entirely by a steward at the Skelly hearing.
– Arbitration won regarding Union representation at PIP meetings and the grievant’s Letter of Warning was ordered removed from all files.
– Two day suspension reduced to a Letter of Warning at Polinsky Children’s Center.
– Two Letters of Warning reduced to confirmations of conferences at Polinsky.
– Letter of Reprimand wording reduced by half at the Southeast Family Resource Center.
– Educational release time granted after the Union asserted that HHSA’s form was inconsistent with departmental policy and the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
– Five day suspension reduced to four days in Aging & Independent Services.
– Employees will continue to earn the medical/detention premium for all employees currently receiving it after management threatened to take it away.
– PAFI’s discipline and performance evaluation stricken when the Union threatened suit for violation of Peace Officer Bill of Rights. Plus, mandatory POBR training for the department as part of a settlement with the Union.
Congratulations SEIU Local 221 County of San Diego employees on the Ratification of your Tentative Agreement.
The ballots were counted September 21st and the overwhelming majority of the County Chapter voted YES to ratify the agreement, 86% of the votes cast were YES votes.
You all worked hard and made the difference in your campaign to “Put People First” in San Diego and while we made progress towards each of our goals we still have forward movement to make. Your participation, stewardship, and activity in the workplace and the community must continue.
We Recommend a YES Vote!
On September 10th, the SEIU Local 221 Negotiating Committee reached a tentative agreement on new contracts for each bargaining unit. After seven months of negotiations and campaigning at worksites across the County, we are confident in saying this contract represents a step in the right direction and Puts People First. The Negotiating Committee is overwhelmingly recommending a YES vote on the new contracts.
The agreement makes progress toward the goals that the Union members set prior to the start of negotiations:
1. Fair wages for all employees
– Bonuses and wage increases for ALL SEIU represented employees
2. Affordable healthcare for County workers and our families
– County will contribute hundreds more each year to employees healthcare
3. A stronger voice for County workers
– Improvements in Labor Management and the Grievance Procedure
You made the difference! We won this contract because workers participated in worksite meetings, unity breaks, marches, rallies, signed petitions, and purple Wednesdays. We won because we showed that we would not be invisible or silent and we were prepared to engage in the kind of job actions to show our determination and unity.
There is one step left in the process – the Ratification Vote! All SEIU represented employees should review the Tentative Agreement Summary and the Equity Adjustment Job Code List and all members in good standing are expected to participate in the ratification process the week of September 16th. Please see the Ratification Vote Meeting Schedule and identify which time and location will work best for you. Each hour long vote session will include an agreement overview, question and answer session, and time to cast your vote. (Large sites with coverage issues, please use this Sign-Up Sheet and turn in your sign-in sheet to management so they can arrange break and lunch times to accommodate the voting schedule.)
Congratulations to the winners of the County Chapter Election:
The results of the election are posted in the lobby of SEIU Local 221.
*New polling location added. The County Chapter will be holding an election for new officers on Monday, December 9, 2013. Voting will take place at the following polling locations:
*Vote count will begin at 7 p.m. at SEIU Local 221
Below are the results of the County Chapter Nomination Petitions received by the deadline of October 29, 2013.
Candidates for Election on December 9th
|Name||Leadership Council Seat / Slate|
|Felicia Boyd||President / Reform 221|
|Tracey Carter||President / Taking Action|
|Monty Kroopkin||Vice-President / Reform 221|
|George Morris||Vice-President / Taking Action|
|Deanna Myers||Clerical (CL) / Taking Action|
|Conrad Villanueva||Clerical (CL) / Reform 221|
Candidates Declared Elected
|Name||Leadership Council Seat|
|Carole Keaton||Social Welfare (SW)|
|Robert Grable||Professional (PR)|