Bargaining to begin Feb. 2, campaign update 1

On Jan. 10, the Board of Supervisors voted overwhelming to give themselves a 12.5 percent raise over two years, while continuing to stockpile nearly $2 billion in Wall Street banks. Dozens of SEIU members and our Invest in San Diego Families coalition partners let them know that we expect them to invest the same in our workforce and our communities.

On Jan. 5, the SEIU 221 County Chapter leadership and the Bargaining Team ratified the Bargaining Platform. Full bargaining will begin on Feb. 2. You elected a 65 person Bargaining Team to negotiate the best contract for you, but it will take every County employee to force the Board of Supervisors to truly Invest in San Diego Families, which means good jobs, a stronger safety ladder and smart justice. Other associations chose not to bargain a new agreement. We know that by bargaining with the County and mounting a strong campaign we will achieve the greatest gains possible for workers and the community.

We need maximum participation and engagement to get workers what they deserve. Look for information about actions to support the Bargaining Team in the coming days. At a minimum everyone should sign the Bargaining Program.

You can sign the petition online here or print it out and collect your coworkers’ signatures. The time for action is now.

And remember the next Campaign Action Team meeting is from 6-8 pm Feb. 7 at Marina Village, 1936 Quivera Way, 92109.

RSVP to Joanna Stewart at joanna.stewart@seiu221.org or (858) 560-0151 ext. 265

In Solidarity,

Tracey Carter
SEIU Local 221, County Chapter President

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