June 2014

California Home Care Workers Vow to Stand Up for Good Jobs and Quality Home Care

Home care workers and consumers are ready to stand up for quality home care in California in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn today regarding Illinois home care workers.

“No court case is going to stand in the way of home care workers coming together to have a strong voice for good jobs and quality home care,” said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. “At a time when wages remain stagnant and income inequality is out of control, joining together in a union is the only proven way home care workers have of improving their lives and the lives of the people they care for.”

The ruling places at risk a system of consumer-directed home care in Illinois that has proven successful in raising wages, providing affordable health care benefits, and increasing training. The number of elderly Americans will increase dramatically in the coming years. States need to build a stable, qualified workforce to meet the growing need for home care—and having a strong union for home care workers is the only approach that has proven effective.

The case was brought by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, an extreme anti-worker group whose funders include billionaires like Charles Koch and the Walton family. It is the latest in a decades-long attack on the rights of working people to join together to improve their jobs and the quality of services they provide.

They are trying to divide us and limit our power, but we won’t stop standing together for our families and our consumers.  The number of elderly Americans is increasing dramatically, and states need to build a stable, qualified workforce to meet the growing need for home care as the number of older Americans increases dramatically in the coming years.

Having a strong union for home care workers is the only approach that has proven effective at producing good jobs and quality care.

For our grandparents, for our parents – Stand in solidarity with the home care workers who stand with us.

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We Did It! GUHSD Contract Ratified!

On Thursday, June 12th, the GUHSD/SEIU Local 221 Chapter held a ratification vote at the District Office to discuss the recent tentative agreements that were reached this month. The GUHSD/SEIU Local 221 President and SEIU Organizer were available to answer any questions and recommend the membership to vote “Yes” on their contract. We are proud to announce that after the votes were counted, GUHSD members voted to ratify the contract!

We want to acknowledge the hard work of the negotiation team who engaged in this process.

Our team stayed strong, and with member support, we were able to make great progress!

For more information, download the flyer here. For questions, comments or concerns, please contact Tasha Iglesias-Moody, Senior Worksite Organizer, at tasha.iglesias@seiu221.org or (858) 560-0151 ext. 245.

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We Did It! CMEA Contract Ratified!

On Thursday June 5th, CMEA/SEIU held membership meetings at the Calexico City Hall and the “Shop” to discuss recent tentative agreements that were reached last month. SEIU Organizers were available to answer any questions and recommend the membership to vote “Yes” on their contract. After all of the votes were counted, CMEA members voted to ratify the contract!

To get a summary of the newly ratified agreements, click here.

Next Steps:

The agreement is expected to go before City Council on July 1st, 2014 for approval. We will regroup again this summer to discuss the current City budget and our plans for 2014-2015.

For more information, click to download the flyer here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Tasha Iglesias-Moody, Senior Worksite Organizer, at tasha.iglesisas@seiu221.org or (858) 560-0151 ext. 245

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MAAC – Contract Negotiations Update

Our SEIU Bargaining Team and MAAC management started contract negotiations in April. We have already seen progress on a number of different issues, including reaching Tentative Agreements on improvements in language for Bilingual Pay, union communication, union access to events and meetings, and a more efficient Grievance Procedure.

For the last few weeks, the SEIU Bargaining Team and MAAC management have been working on a fair and effective system to place employees in work locations. Due to cuts in previous years, many senior employees had been bumped from their desired location and less senior ones placed in preferred locations when recalled. Transfers were also being delayed for months with no opportunity to move. The bargaining team heard from employees that seniority should be the most important factor when choosing a job assignment and developed a process that honors that and allows employee flexibility and more opportunities to work in a location of their choosing on a yearly basis.

SEIU and MAAC also collaboratively developed a plan to fill positions in Early Head Start, as that program is expanding and creating more 52 week positions.

At this point, MAAC Management has now informed us of the drastic changes to Program Options. The SEIU Bargaining Team does not have the right to formally approve Program Options – Management has the right to determine where, how, and how many employees are needed to do the work. SEIU has an ability to Meet and Confer over the impacts to our Bargaining Unit, which we have done and will continue to advocate for the best for our community and the children that we serve in discussions with Management. The SEIU Bargaining Team agreed to the process to fill the positions that are needed but cannot dictate Program Options. SEIU and MAAC have agreed to use this Job Placement Process process for Program Year 2014/2015 and will be re-evaluating it during the upcoming school year.

In the next few weeks, we will be sharing our economic proposals through the traditional negotiations process. The SEIU Bargaining Team believes that with these changes in Program Options, higher wages and creating higher level positions in classifications (i.e. making a position I, II, and III) are necessary to any final contract agreement with Management. The SEIU Bargaining Team continues to need your support in winning a fair and just contract.

Your bargaining team members are:

  • Adela Martinez
  • Liliana Camarena
  • Maria Mora
  • Celia Delgado
  • Adriana Carpio
  • Jim Bagwell
  • Jesus Ramirez

The currently scheduled negotiation dates are:

  • Friday, June 13th 2014
  • Friday, June 20th 2014
  • Friday, June 27th 2014

For more information, contact your Worksite Organizer, Karen Paredes-Tupper at karen.paredes-tupper@seiu221.org or (858) 560-0151 ext. 251

To download this flyer, please click here.

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Contract Ratified!

On Tuesday, June 4, 2014 the NCMEA/SEIU held two membership meetings to discuss the recent tentative agreements that were reached last month. Members of the bargaining team met with their fellow co-workers to answer any questions and recommend the membership to vote Yes on their contract. We are proud to announce that after the votes were counted, NCMEA members voted overwhelmingly to ratify the contract!

This contract was a team effort, with members of the bargaining team standing together to ensure that this contract would be beneficial for all. More importantly, the contract shows that the union and City management can achieve great things when working together. This contract establishes the possibility of even more progress next year, as well as in future contract discussions with the City.

To get a summary of the newly ratified agreements click here.

Next Steps:

The agreement will go before City Council on June 17th for their approval.

We will regroup again in the summer to discuss the ballot measure on the 1% sales tax. Our goal is to ensure city services are maintained by working alongside the City to make sure voters understand the importance of passing the sales tax. Stay tuned for important meeting information as we move into the summer!

To download this flyer, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Leo, Worksite Organizer, at mark.leo@seiu221.org or (858) 560-0151 ext. 263.

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WE FELL SHORT ON ELECTION DAY: Supervisor Bill Horn has never had to sweat this much in his 20 years as a politician. When the first mail ballots were counted last night, he was losing by 130 votes. But as the evening wore on, it appeared as though our campaign fell short. We want to make sure every vote is counted, but the current count is 51% to 49% in favor of Horn and the math isn’t in our favor.

Although the results aren’t looking good, we have a lot to be proud of.  SEIU members knocked on thousands of doors and made thousands of phone calls to identify supporters and get out the vote.  Win or lose, we led an aggressive and strategic campaign with unprecedented participation that will make any elected official think twice before crossing SEIU 221 members.

Overall this was a mixed election result for SEIU endorsed candidates. Here are the results of a few key races:

In San Diego, Carol Kim (Council District 6) advanced to the November election but Sarah Boot (Council District 2) has fallen short.

  • In San Diego, Carol Kim (Council District 6) advanced to the November election but Sarah Boot (Council District 2) has fallen short.
  • In Chula Vista, Mary Salas (Mayor), Pat Aguilar (Council) and Steve Padilla (City Council) all advanced to the November election.
  • Bob Brewer (District Attorney) did not advance to the November election.
  • Alex Padilla (Secretary of State) and Tom Torlakson (State Superintendent) advanced to the November election.
  • In San Diego, Prop B & C (Protect Children’s Health in San Diego) was defeated by the well-funded opposition.

Congratulations to all of the members that gave time to support our endorsed candidates. Remember, our political power comes from the strength of member participation, so get involved! If you are interested in donating to COPE (Committee on Political Education) and would like to get involved in the Member Political Organizer Committee please contact me at David.Lagstein@seiu221.org.

We don’t win every race, but we always keep organizing for our families and our community! Stay tuned for our plans for the November election.

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