September 5, 2014

SEIU Local 221 South Bay 2014 Election Kickoff BBQ!

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SEIU Local 221 endorsed candidates from National City and Chula Vista.

The Member Political Organizer Committee and the Latino Caucus of SEIU Local 221 hosted the South Bay Election Kickoff BBQ for members and their friends and family. Despite the heat, members managed to stay cool and enjoy the food, view and chance to mingle with SEIU endorsed candidates from Chula Vista, National City and Imperial Beach.

To see more photos from this great event, please visit the complete photo album here on our Facebook page!

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NHA Contract Negotiations Update

Over the past few months, the SEIU Bargaining Team of NHA has been working very hard at the bargaining table to improve the lives of hard-working NHA Employees.

Religious clergy members of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice (ICWJ) have attended the last two negotiations sessions in support of your fight for a fair contract. However, at our last meeting, NHA Management refused to negotiate with them in the room. The Bargaining Team was adamant that ICWJ should stay in negotiations as faith leaders in our community.

As of our last negotiations session, we have submitted 13 proposals and have more to come on Wages and Health Benefits!

We will be discussing all of these proposals at a general membership meeting on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM at the 41 Street Office on 841 South 41st St., San Diego, CA 92113

Join us at this meeting and stand strong as a union! To download the flyer, please click here.

The proposals topics include:

 

Annual Job Assignments

 

A system in which every year, employees can decide on their center location based on seniority. Employees who wish to remain in the same location to choose to as well.

 

Preparation Time

 

Trainings, break times, and meetings would not count toward Preparation Time.

 

Reduction in Force (Layoff) Procedure

 

 In the event of a Reduction of Force or layoff where employees will leave NHA, employees will be laid off in seniority order by classification. NHA would not have the ability to pick who would be laid off. Employees would have reinstatement rights and would be called back in seniority order to fill any vacancies.

 

SST Caseload

 

 Creates a cap of 48 families per SST.

 

Promotions

 

To promote fairness, Promotions would be awarded to the employee with the most seniority that meets all of the requirements of the position.

 

Out of Classification Pay

 

Employees assigned to work in a higher classification would be paid at the first step of the higher classification or at the step above the comparable rate in the higher classification if the employee is making more than the first step.

 

Bilingual Pay

 

All employees utilizing bilingual pay in the classroom and with families would be eligible for bilingual pay.

 

 

Paid Vacation

 

Paid vacation will accrue at the same levels as Management, as outlined in the NHA Employee Handbook.

Dress Code

 

SEIU’s last proposal maintained that employees would be able to wear jeans on all days of work and incorporated NHA’s proposal to provide NHA logo shirts.

Labor Management Committee

 

Proposed that at Labor Management meetings, Dignity and Respect should be a standing item with employees with the ability to make presentations. If requested, a special mediator could be called in to settle disputes.

 

Grievance Procedure

 

 

Increase the timelines for when employees can file a grievance for a contract violation and allow employees to speak to the CEO level to attempt to find resolution.

As of today, Management has given us 4 proposals. 3 out of 4 of them would be takeaways for staff and include:

 

Healthcare Benefits

Management proposed reducing the percentage that they pay for healthcare by 10% each year beginning in 2015-2016 and for two years after that.
Wages

Management proposed changing the wage scale system to make step increases dependent on the performance evaluation – NOT based on length of service. The dollar amount and percentage of the wage increase would depend on what rating you received.

 

Unpaid Leave of Absence

Management proposed reducing the time an employee could have an Unpaid Leave of Absence to 6 months, a reduction from 1 year.

 

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

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We Support Fast Food Workers in their Fight for $15

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On Thursday, September 4, SEIU Local 221 joined fast food workers in San Diego as they went on strike to demand $15 an hour and a union! See our photos from this powerful show of solidarity!

Similar actions took place across the country. Learn more here and here.

No matter who you are or where you’re from, if you work hard, you should be able to make enough to live a good life and provide a better one for your kids. That’s the key to getting our economy and democracy back on track – and it’s worth fighting for.

Fast-food workers are winning, even as the industry refuses to listen to them. The fight for $15 has inspired thousands of workers from across the country, and the world – and more are joining every day. Workers have achieved real victories as a result of the strikes: San Diego wouldn’t have passed a $11.50 wage had it not been for this movement.

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