September 2013

Bargaining Update 9.24.13


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!

Next Steps

 – 10/8 Board of Supervisors Meeting at 9 a.m.

(1600 Pacific Highway)  Members are encouraged to attend!  Board scheduled to vote on the TA.

– 10/26 General Membership Meeting at 10 a.m.

(Al Bahr Shriners – 5440 Kearny Mesa Road)

– 11/9 County Chapter Leadership Summit

(Location TBD)  Stewards/worksite activists encouraged to attend.  Learn new contract language and the plan to win the the years to come!

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Advocacy Center Summer 2013 Victories!

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.


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County Tentative Agreement Ratified!

Bargaining Team

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.) 

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County Chapter Officers Election

Congratulations to the winners of the County Chapter Election:

President – Tracey Carter

Vice-President – George Morris

Clerical (CL) Council Seat – Deanna Myers

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:


11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Starbucks – 126 Knoll Road, San Marcos


11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Starbucks – 124 W. Main Street, El Cajon


11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Starbucks – 595 H Street, Chula Vista


11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Starbucks – 600 West Broadway, San Diego


7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

SEIU Local 221 – 4004 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego

*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.

County Chapter Election Information

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
David Gonzalez Secretary
Carmen Perez Treasurer
Carole Keaton Social Welfare (SW)
Robert Grable Professional (PR)

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General Membership Meeting

GMM Logo


October 26, 2013

10:00 a.m.

Al Bahr Shriners

5440 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego, CA 92111

(Take Hwy 163, exit Clairemont Mesa Blvd., head west, turn right onto Kearny Mesa Road, Shriners is on the left)

RSVP to your Worksite Organizer at (858) 560-0151.

Refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Wear your purple shirt to the meeting for an opportunity to win a prize!

Member Resolutions

During the General Membership Meeting on October 26, SEIU Local 221 members have the right to propose resolutions that they would like our membership to vote to adopt. These resolutions will be considered during the “new business” portion of our meeting.

If you have a resolution(s) you would like to propose, they can be submitted by email to Christa Fink (, by fax at 858-560-1299, or dropped off at the Local no later than October 15th.

Please use this Resolution Form to help you draft your resolution.

Submitted resolutions, and the proposed agenda, will be posted here and available for review at the Local by 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 18th. All resolutions received will be copied into a packet to be provided to each member as they enter the meeting on the morning of October 26th.

Proposed Resolution #1

Proposed Resolution #2

*Important: Proposed resolutions will be reviewed by the SEIU Local 221 attorney to determine accuracy and compliance with the SEIU Local 221 and International bylaws.

SEIU Attorney Response on Resolutions

Proposed Agenda 10/26/13 revised

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