February 2014

Save the date – Juneteenth Celebration

Please join us for the annual Juneteenth Celebration* and BBQ hosted by the African-American Action Committee (AAAC) of SEIU Local 221.

This year’s theme is “The Fight is Worldwide – Tribute to Nelson Mandela” and the guest speaker is Cheryl Alethia Phelps, Social Change Consultant. Ms. Phelps was on the staff of the Legislation and National Security Subcommittee monitoring U.S. support for democracy in South Africa and was there for the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

SEIU Local 221

4004 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego

All are welcome for this special event, mark your calendar. Food and drink will be provided.

Please RSVP to Iris Trammel (AAAC Secretary) at iris.trammel@seiu221.org or call (858) 560-0151.

*Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

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SEIU One Voice Town Halls 3/1 & 3/15

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SEIU Local 221 members have a vote to choose which candidates our union supports for elected office. It’s our choice.

The SEIU One Voice Town Hall process is our opportunity to look candidates in the eye and ask them if they will stand-up for working people and our families. Don’t miss your chance to have a say. Please mark your calendar for these important dates:

SEIU One Voice Town Hall #1

Saturday, March 1, 2014

SEIU Local 221 (4004 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego, CA 92111)

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Please plan to attend the full event)

*Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Candidates Invited: San Diego District Attorney, San Diego City Council Districts 2 & 6, Assembly District 56, Congressional District 50

SEIU One Voice Town Hall #2

Saturday, March 15, 2014

UDW Union Hall (4855 Seminole Drive, San Diego, CA 92115)

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Please plan to attend the full event)

This will be a live interactive webcast

*Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Candidates Invited: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Superintendent, State Controller, State Treasurer

SEIU One Voice Town Hall #3

Saturday, March 29, 2014

SEIU Local 221 (4004 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego, CA 92111)

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Please plan to attend the full event)

*Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Candidates Invited: TBA

All members in good standing are invited to One Voice Town Hall meetings and are eligible to vote on endorsements. Please RSVP to david.lagstein@seiu221.org or call (858) 560-0151 x250.

 

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County Chapter Leadership Election Update 2/18/14

February 18, 2014

Dear County Members,

On February 4, 2014, the SEIU Local 221 Executive Board heard a challenge to the County Chapter Leadership election. The Executive Board made the decision to re-run the three (3) contested county chapter seats: Chapter President, Chapter Vice President, and the Clerical (CL) Seat.

There were two (2) candidates who qualified for the Chapter President position via the nomination process: Felicia Boyd and Tracey Carter. Subsequent to the election and the determination to re-run the contested elections, SEIU Local 221 received information questioning the status of one of the candidates to serve as Chapter President. SEIU Local 221 determined that Felicia Boyd had resigned from the County of San Diego effective November 16, 2013 and was no longer a member of SEIU Local 221. Felicia Boyd had resigned from the County prior to the election on December 9, 2013. For the re-run election, the only candidate eligible to run for the County Chapter President seat is Tracey Carter. Because there are no other nominated eligible candidates for the re-run of the election for the seat of County Chapter President, Tracey Carter is deemed white balloted to the County Chapter President position, and deemed elected.

The election for Chapter Vice President and the Clerical Seat will be re-run. Additional information on the election will be provided in the coming days.

Sincerely,

David Garcias

SEIU Local 221 President

 

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Advocacy Center Winter 2013-14 Victories!

HHSA – County of San Diego

  • A member’s FMLA claim for child bonding was wrongly denied and fixed by the Advocacy Center staff working in conjunction with HR.
  • An HHSA member’s FMLA that was denied for child bonding was approved after a phone call to HR.
  • A Letter of Warning was reworded as part of a settlement agreement.
  • Advocacy staff argued a 10 day suspension down to 5 days in the Skelly hearing.
  • Oceanside FRC: A steward filed a complaint with HR when an employee was denied union representation in PIP meetings. The PIP was removed and a new one was issued, with union representation allowed (consistent with last summer’s arbitration victory on the same subject).
  • Overtime Cash vs. Comp Group Grievance: SEIU Local 221 and the County reached a settlement agreement on the 100+ member group grievance enforcing the new contract language regarding employee’ requests of cash versus comp (see full flyer here).
  • A Letter of Reprimand was reduced to a Letter of Warning and reworded as part of the grievance procedure.

Library – County of San Diego

  • A Letter of Warning was reduced to a confirmation of conference through the grievance procedure.

Parks and Recreation – County of San Diego

  • A member was awarded 6 months of back pay for performing duties in a temporary higher classification assignment.

MAAC Project – Head Start

  • A steward filed a grievance regarding the terms of a PIP and came to a mutual agreement with management to change its wording.

City of Calexico

  • Advocacy Center staff required the City to reclassify an employee to a higher position after several months of unpaid out of class work.
  • A member was issued a suspension without a Skelly hearing or any other required due process – Advocacy Center staff successfully removed the discipline in its entirety and required the City to reasonably accommodate a workers’ comp restriction for the same employee.
  • Two dispatch members received out of class and back bilingual compensation for time served in a higher classification as part of the grievance procedure.

School Districts

  • Negotiated a resignation in lieu of termination with an agreement not to contest unemployment and benefits paid for an additional 30 days.
  • Stewards represented two employees accused of sexual harassment and the allegations were unsubstantiated in both cases.
  • A steward represented a member in an accommodations meeting and reached an agreement to transfer the member to another site in a different classification.
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The Silver Lining of a Disappointing Election Day

SEIU David Alvarez Super Walk Mobile Photo

San Diego, CA – Our endorsed candidate for mayor, David Alvarez, lost the special election on Tuesday night, which took many of us by surprise. Ultimately, it was just too difficult get so-called “infrequent voters” engaged and turned out for an election 7 weeks after Christmas.

The silver lining of this outcome is the great participation of SEIU members, the labor movement and our allies in the community. Over 1200 people were out doing campaign work over the final four days! We were honored to have SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry come in the Saturday before the election to help fire up the troops. Together, we built an unprecedented coalition that will have the strength to win future struggles for workers and communities at the workplace, in our neighborhoods and at the ballot box.

SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry at GOTV Super Walk SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry speaks to volunteers
at the GOTV Super Walk for David Alvarez. 

We aren’t going to win every election, but our local was proud to get behind David Alvarez, a true champion for working families. Finally, we congratulate Kevin Faulconer on his victory and look forward to working with him to fight for all San Diegans and all neighborhoods.

SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry chats with SEIU Local 221 Organizer Chad Elbandagji backstage at the GOTV Super Walk for David Alvarez SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry chats with SEIU Local 221 Organizer Chad Elbandagji backstage at the GOTV Super Walk for David Alvarez. 

Thanks again to all that helped, and get ready to keep organizing!

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Union Members Enforce Contract with First Group Grievance Since Negotiations

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County: Workers Can Request Overtime Pay or Comp Time

San Diego, CA – Last year, SEIU Local 221 members fought hard for a stronger contract that included each employee’s right to request cash payment or compensatory time off for overtime worked. SEIU Local 221 requests are subject to funding availability, but management cannot issue blanket directives on what type of overtime work qualifies for cash pay.

Child Welfare Services (CWS) Director, Debra Zanders-Willis, issued an order via email that violated our MOA by directing managers to “restrict paid overtime” to specific activities. SEIU 221 members took a stand. We enforced our new contract by collecting signatures and filing a group grievance. On January 27th, we found out that as a result of taking action and standing together, we protected our right to request cash pay or comp time for overtime worked.

The County of San Diego is sending an email directing all CWS supervisors and managers to disregard Debra Zanders-Willis’ email restricting overtime pay, and to follow the terms specified in the contract.

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“We work hard to keep children safe in San Diego County. We deserve fair compensation. In 2013, the SW bargaining team won stronger language when requesting comp time or overtime pay for working additional hours. But that’s just the beginning. In 2014, let’s keep up the momentum by building a stronger union that benefits our families and the children and communities we serve.”

– Jesus Gonzalez, Protective Services Worker, SEIU Local 221 Steward

A PDF flyer of the above post can be found below.

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County Chapter Leadership Election Update 2/7/14

February 7, 2014

To All Members,

On February 4, 2014, the SEIU Local 221 Executive Board heard a challenge to the County Chapter Leadership election and made a decision to have the County Chapter Leadership election rerun with the six (6) eligible nominees for the three (3) contested County chapter seats: Chapter President, Chapter Vice President, and Clerical (CL) Seat. Additional information on the election will be provided in the coming days.

Sincerely,
David Garcias, President
SEIU Local 221

 

A signed PDF copy of the letter can found below.

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