February 2017

Keep emailing and calling to make the County bargain fairly

Last week, the County negotiating team unlawfully refused to negotiate with the SEIU bargaining team, because of the presence of bargaining team members representing our community partners in the room.

Despite that bargaining team members said, “We are united and won’t be divided. We will make the County invest in San Diego families!”

In the County’s latest unlawful action, yesterday afternoon at 3:45 p.m., they notified Local 221 that bargaining team members were not being released for today’s bargaining session.  This morning at 8a.m., employees took vacation or leave time to join with union representatives and community partners at the bargaining location this morning to see if County representatives would show up.

Unbelievably, County management showed up despite having refused to release elected bargaining team members.  

This cannot continue. Stand up to the County’s unlawful actions.  Call and email the board of supervisors and demand that the County stop violating our rights and begin bargaining fairly. 

Many people have reported that the Supervisors’ voicemails are full and they are unable to leave messages. If you call and get a message that the voicemail is full, send an email letting the Supervisor know that you tried to call but were unable to leave a message.

Then call each County Supervisor.

Here is a simple script: “I am calling to leave an important message for Supervisor __________. 

My name is __________ and I am a member of SEIU 221 and I am asking the Supervisor to ask the County to stop breaking the law and support our right to choose our own bargaining team.”

  • Greg Cox (619) 531-5511
  • Dianne Jacob (619) 531-5522
  • Kristin Gaspar (619) 531-5533
  • Ron Roberts (619) 531-5544
  • Bill Horn (619) 531-5555

Finally, post on social media, tag  #InvestinSDFamilies and @SupervisorCox, @dianne_jacob, @KristinGaspar@SupervisorHorn@RonRobertsSD

In solidarity,

Tracey Carter
SEIU Local 221, County Chapter President

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EMERGENCY bargaining meeting on Feb. 22

1702Petitions2On Thursday your negotiating team sat down with the County negotiating team ready to begin bargaining alongside our community partners in the Invest in San Diego Families coalition. The County negotiating team unlawfully refused to negotiate with the SEIU bargaining team, because of the presence of bargaining team members representing our community partners in the room. Basically, the County is demanding that they get to choose who can and can’t be on the bargaining team. The County’s representatives tried to create division among us and your committee stood strong and said, “We are united and won’t be divided. We will make the County invest in San Diego families!”

We are meeting to discuss this and strategize about next steps.

Emergency Bargaining Meeting

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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BREAKING NEWS: County walks away from bargaining

On Feb. 16, your negotiating team sat down with the County negotiating team ready to begin bargaining alongside our community partners in the Invest in San Diego Families coalition. Our partners represent the community and the clients we serve. They have expertise in smart justice, the safety ladder and good jobs and most importantly, they have come together with our membership to speak with a united voice about the County’s responsibility to deliver quality services provided by top employees with good jobs and appropriate staffing levels.

The County negotiating team unlawfully refused to negotiate with the SEIU bargaining team because of the presence of bargaining team members representing our community partners in the room. Basically, the County is demanding that they get to choose who can and can’t be on the bargaining team. The County’s position is illegal on its face.

For more than a year, we have been working together with the partners in the Invest in San Diego Families to develop a comprehensive program to make San Diego the best county in California.  The County’s representatives tried to create division among us and your committee stood strong and said, “We are united and won’t be divided. We will make the County invest in San Diego families!”

Your bargaining team has voted to stay united, so we are taking action.  

  1. On Feb. 16, we sent an emergency delegation to the Board of Supervisors members to ask them to intervene. We also handed in more than 3,000 petitions signed by union members and community allies in support of our bargaining program.
  2. We are working with our legal team to file an Unfair Labor Practice, as this denies our union’s right to bring in the expertise we need to bargain for our membership.
  3. Our bargaining team voted to take action and tomorrow will be UNITY FRIDAY, on Feb. 17.  We will be launching an email, phone and social media campaign asking the Board of Supervisors to support our union’s right to determine our own team.

Get started now. First, click here to send the members of the Board of Supervisors an email.

Then call each County Supervisor.

Here is a simple script:

“I am calling to leave an important message for Supervisor __________. 

My name is __________ and I am a member of SEIU 221 and I am asking the Supervisor to ask the County to stop breaking the law and support our right to choose our own bargaining team.”

  • Greg Cox (619) 531-5511
  • Dianne Jacob (619) 531-5522
  • Kristin Gaspar (619) 531-5533
  • Ron Roberts (619) 531-5544
  • Bill Horn (619) 531-5555

Finally, post on social media, tag  #InvestinSDFamilies and @SupervisorCox, @dianne_jacob, @KristinGaspar@SupervisorHorn@RonRobertsSD

In solidarity,

Tracey Carter
SEIU Local 221, County Chapter President

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Show your unity during bargaining on Feb. 16

Your coworkers on the SEIU Local 221 Bargaining Team began negotiating the best contract for you on Feb. 2. You increased their power. Across the County workers showed they were united by posting pictures of unity breaks.

On Feb. 16, your County Bargaining Team needs your support again. We are asking everyone to go to this Facebook post and add a photo and comment including the name of your worksite.

  1. Click on this link to be connected to the Facebook post supporting your bargaining team. 
  2. And then click on this link to retweet a Twitter post to support your bargaining team.

Take action on Feb. 16. Every County employee must participate and engage to get workers what they deserve.

WHAT Print out this photo and hang it in a prominent location at your worksite. If you don’t have a color printer, ask your organizer for a poster. Wear purple. Take a solidarity break. Show you are united with your coworkers and support your bargaining team.
WHEN During your lunch or break time on Feb. 16. Stewards and member leaders will coordinate the timing with you.
WHERE Your worksite
POST
ONLINE
Make sure to tag #InvestinSDFamilies, and put your worksite name and photos in this Facebook post’s comments. Then put a photo and the name of your worksite on a retweet of this Twitter post.

Stay informed. Sign up for text alerts: Text 221UNITY to 787753

RSVP to your worksite organizer or 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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Bargaining team strengthened by countywide unity

On Feb. 2, your coworkers on the SEIU Local 221 Bargaining Team began negotiating the best contract for you. Across the County workers showed they were united by posting pictures of unity breaks. We have a collected a few of these images from unity breaks below. Go to @SEIU221 on Facebook and @SEIU221 on Twitter to see more.
 
Come to the next CAT team meeting to get a full bargaining report.
 
WHAT CAT Team meeting
WHEN 6 pm Tuesday Feb. 7
WHERE Coral Room, Marina Village, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego
POST
ONLINE
Make sure to tag #InvestinSDFamilies@SEIU221 on Facebook and @SEIU221 on Twitter. Take lots of photos and videos.
Go live on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t know how? Click on Facebook or Twitter links for instructions.
SEIU Local 221 will be reposting videos and photos to show our unity countywide
 
Stay informed. Sign up for text alerts: Text 221UNITY to 787753
 
RSVP to your worksite organizer or Joanna Stewart at joanna.stewart@seiu221.org or (858) 560-0151 ext. 265
 
 A few highlights from the first day of bargaining from your bargaining team: At the first bargaining meeting, your bargaining team was able to bring 44 of your coworkers to the table to bargain for you. We won an increased number of bargaining team members after the County originally offered about half of that. The County Chapter leadership was at the front of the room, and we were also joined by several dozen community allies from the Invest in San Diego Families coalition as observers. We outlined the Invest in San Diego Families bargaining platform and talked about how we are working with the community to go beyond the workplace and lift up the entire County. The County bargainers talked about how the state of the County is getting much worse.

Next bargaining meeting: Feb. 16, place to be determined

Other bargaining dates: Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 16,  March 31
We had great countywide support for your bargaining team, but remember we need to keep it up throughout the bargaining process to win the best contract possible. We will send specific details about how you can show your support. Put Feb. 16 in your calendar and remember to wear purple and start planning your unity break now.

In Solidarity,

Tracey Carter
SEIU Local 221, County Chapter President

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