November 2013

Support Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Healthcare workers in California announced plans to donate $100,000 toward typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines, and are organizing a mission to provide medical care in the hardest hit areas of the country.

The workers are members of SEIU -United Healthcare Workers West, the West Coast’s largest union of healthcare workers. They are encouraging other healthcare workers, whether they are in a union or not, to join the medical mission to the Philippines.

“Along with other Americans, we have watched with horror and sadness as scenes of destruction in the Philippines play out on television,” said Theresa Domingo, a nurse at Seton Coastside Hospital in Moss Beach, who has family in the affected areas of the Philippines and plans to join the medical mission. “As a healthcare worker who takes care of people every day, it only makes sense that we would extend that same kind of help to those devastated by the typhoon.”

SEIU-UHW is taking care to choose relief organizations to receive the money based on their ability to provide aid directly to disaster victims.

The medical mission will be coordinated with relief organizations, including possibly the International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. The goal for the mission is to depart to the Philippines within the next month, when access can be gained to stricken areas. Healthcare workers with medical training who are interested in joining the mission should contact Lynette Gaddi at (510) 587-4590 or

According to the U.S. Census, an estimated 1.4 million people of Filipino descent live in California, of which thousands are SEIU-UHW members, many with families affected by the storm.

Visit the SEIU-UHW website or download the flyer on how you can help.

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Where do I vote?

Alvarez_n_members_flyerWith the election for Mayor just around the corner (November 19) it’s important that all SEIU 221 members know where to vote.

If you are voting by mail, your ballot must arrive at the Board of Elections by November 19.  You may also drop it off at the Registrar of Voters (5201 Ruffin Road, Suite I, San Diego, CA 92123) or at your polling place while polls are open.

You can vote in person at your polling place on Tuesday, November 19 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Click here to visit the County Clerk website to find your voting location.

Remember to vote for David Alvarez on November 19th!

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County Bonus Clarification

Congratulations again on the contract victory that ensured wage increases and a stronger voice for all county employees. There have been many questions about the 2% stipend that did not appear in the first paycheck of November. The first stipend payment will appear on the November 22nd paycheck, and then on the first paycheck of each month for the next five months after. Here is the explanation from the county:

The second reading of the SEIU Agreements (the Board adoption date) occurred on October 8, 2013.  The MOA language states, “This one-time monetary payment shall be paid beginning with the first pay period following completion of two pay periods after adoption by the Board of Supervisors…The 2% one-time payment shall be paid out in 6 payments, to be paid with the first payday of each month.” Two pay periods following BOS adoption (PP10: October 18-October 31 and PP11: November 1-November 14) would make the first payment due with the paycheck for pay period ending on November 14th, which will be paid on November 22nd.  The payments thereafter are the first pay period of the month.  As such, the second payment will be due on December 6th.

This means, you will see the first payment of the stipend on November 22nd, and then you will get the second payment on the very next paycheck on December 6th.

We are having a series of workplace meetings with a full update on the contract and discussion on how to continue to strengthen our Union. Please come to your next meeting or contact Michaella Millican with any questions.

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