April 2017

UPDATE: Bargaining Team Proposes Match of Supervisor Raises

2017-04-20 12.07.31On Thursday April 27, the Local 221/Invest in San Diego Families (ISDF) bargaining team presented its primary wage increase proposal to San Diego County’s representatives. The proposal calls for employees to get the same 6.25% wage increase per year that the Board of Supervisors gave themselves earlier this year. The Supervisors justified their own raises by stating that they should be second only to Los Angeles, our proposal adopts the same premise. Going forward we propose that San Diego County Employees be compensated in the top third of the 6 comparable counties in our region.

In addition, the researchers at the Union have prepared well over 100 equity – more than have ever been done in our history – comparing compensation in San Diego to Southern California counties. We will be presenting additional proposals to address inequities at the next bargaining session.  We’ll be presenting these proposals next Thursday, May 4.

We Must Be United If We Expect To Win!

In order to win our demands we must stand together, stand strong and participate in actions!

  • Join the Union. Send a Message of Unity and Strength to the County.
  • Participate in Unity Breaks and Worksite Actions
  • Bring Friends and Family to District Budget Town Halls​
  • Tuesday May 2, 6pm – District 5
    Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    1600 Buena Vista Drive, Vista, California 92081

RSVP here and/or on the Facebook Event

  • Monday May 22, 6pm ; District 2
    La Mesa First United Methodist Church
    4690 Palm Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941

RSVP here and/or on the Facebook Event

 

P.S. Why do you think the county post the details of their proposal on the intranet message, but only posted the amount of pages of our proposal?  Post your thoughts on the SEIU 221 Facebook Page

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Unity with Invest partners growing – Campaign Update 8

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UNITY SPOTLIGHT Members from the Sheriff’s Department, Ridgehaven Licensing Division, wear purple to support bargaining and make the County Invest in San Diego Families.

Bargaining

8 am Thursday April 27
Marina Village – Coral Room
Mission Bay Park
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109
 
The County refused to meet with our full bargaining team. Our team voted to bargain in protest, by agreeing to negotiate with the County in a third room. Therefore, we will be able to meet under protest without our full bargaining team.
 

Unity with Invest
partners growing

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By TRACEY CARTER

SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT

For weeks we have been bargaining under protest. It is amazing that although we had to change the setup of the rooms, the solidarity of our team increased. Bringing County employees and Invest in San Diego Families partners together has increased our power through things like budget town halls in each of the Supervisor districts and an advocacy day. Physically we are separated, but our team is more united than ever.

SEIU 221 Vice-President: Reach higher than floor 

My name is Michael Dobbins. I am vice-president of SEIU Local 221 and a member of its political organizing and many of its affinity groups. I have worked for the  County for 15 years, but this is my first year on the bargaining team. My County job involves establishing child support. I had to do a lot of updates to my coworkers because of the misleading posts on the County intranet. Basically that the County is making choices to not spend money on employees, which is part of the reason why The Invest in San Diego Families partners are so important. The County has always tried to divide employees and recipients of benefits by accusing each of taking all the County money in separate meetings. Working together lets people know that the union is concerned not just about our jobs, but the welfare of all San Diego County residents. Now we have opening proposals – the first time the County made its offer on opening day. This is going to be the minimum. We will  reach more toward  the ceiling rather than stay at the floor with signing bonuses. We will bargain for equity – a big issue with child support employees. Why should members of the Board of Supervisors give themselves 12.5 percent raises based on other counties and not us? Some employees in other counties do the exact same work and are paid more. Why? Because they have higher union membership, which gives them leverage -LA has about 90 percent. We are building up to that. 

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Michael Dobbins, SEIU Local 221 vice-president, said “Some employees in other counties do the exact same work and are paid more. Why? Because they have higher union membership, which gives them more leverage.”

Go to SEIU Local 221’s Facebook page and website for more updates.

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What the County thinks we deserve – Campaign Update 7

UNITY SPOTLIGHT North Central CWS takes a unity break to make the County of San Diego bargain fairly and Invest in San Diego Families

Bargaining

8 am, Thursday, April 20
Marina Village – Anchor Room
Mission Bay Park
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109

The County refused to meet with our full bargaining team. Our team voted to bargain in protest, by agreeing to negotiate with the County in a third room. Therefore, we will be able to meet under protest without our full bargaining team.

What the County thinks we deserve

Tracey Carter

By TRACEY CARTER

SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Last week at bargaining, one of the County negotiators urged us to move quickly. Why? So we can get what we deserve. There was a gasp in the room from bargaining team members. The County only thinks we deserve minor wage increases without equity adjustments after the Board of Supervisors gave themselves a 12.5 percent raise? That is why we must all stand together to demand more.

County Chapter’s González: We can do better

I work in the  Recorder County Clerk office and have been a County employee for 17 years. I have seen bargaining many times. This is my second time on the bargaining team. People should understand that there could be an emergency meeting of the Board of Supervisors, which is something they can easily do for us, their  biggest group of workers. We have time to bargain. We are looking at what the County is offering. We know we can do better than the little associations for things like equity – when the pay is lower for the same job classifications compared to other counties. Little three percent increases are not going to fix that. The Invest in San Diego Families coalition represents people affected by the County’s decisions. The number of people these organizations represent is crazy  – someone from one faith organization represents 70,000 people. It shows we are not all just in for ourselves. People should join the union because higher numbers mean more power. We got better contracts when we had 80 percent membership. We are moving in the right direction. The first version of their proposal was not all just takeaways and zeros – a good opening.

David González SEIU Local 221 David González County Chapter Secretary, said “People should join the union because higher numbers mean more power.”Go to SEIU Local 221’s Facebook page and website for more updates.
 
 

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‘Best economic starting proposals in memory’ – Special Campaign Update 6

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“Invest in San Diego Families Works! The County opened bargaining with the best economic starting proposals in memory”
– Christynne Wood, County employee and Bargaining Team member

The County (finally) met with our SEIU 221 bargaining team yesterday,

and in a surprising opening proposal submitted economic and other terms to start the day – the terms were submitted in writing and can be seen by clicking here

Most notably, the County is proposing NO equity increases for job classifications that have fallen severely behind other counties, which – of course – your bargaining team will include in the counter proposals to come. 

NEXT BARGAINING

8 am Thursday April 20
Location TBD

Your bargaining team had several opening proposals, and exchanged them – they can be seen here: 

Talk to a bargaining team member or steward for more information.

The community partners that joined all caucuses were proud and excited to see that the work of ISDF has been proven effective.

“Our community of county residents and workers were more united than ever yesterday,” said Paola Martinez-Montes, bargaining team member and the director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. “Together our voice is stronger.”

REMINDERS

  • Join the union – our numbers give us leverage at the bargaining table. Call (858) 560-0151 or email christa.fink@seiu221.org
  • Wear Purple on Thursdays – Ask your steward or worksite organizer for details. Take a group photo and email it to adam.ward@seiu221.org. Make sure to include your full worksite name, the number of people and any messages you want to tell the County.
  • Attend a town hall to learn about the County budget and ask the Board of Supervisors to invest in San Diego Families. There will be town halls in each of the Board of Supervisors districts. Click here for details and to RSVP.

​In Solidarity,

Tracey Carter
SEIU Local 221 County Chapter President

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1704SEIU221ULP8pages_Page_1Read Unfair Labor Practice charge that SEIU Local 221 has filed against the County of San Diego by clicking here.

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We are moving forward – Campaign Update 5

 

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UNITY SPOTLIGHT South Region Family Resource Center has 65 members at a unity break to make the County of San Diego bargain fairly and Invest in San Diego Families

Bargaining
8 am Thursday April 13
Scottish Rite Event Center
1895 Camino Del Rio S
San Diego, CA 92108

Our team voted, and the County has agreed to meet in a third room, therefore we will be able to meet under protest without our full bargaining team.

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By TRACEY CARTER
SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT

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Thursday at the Campaign Action Team meeting, Bargaining Team members decided to stop fighting the process and start fighting on the issues of bargaining. We will caucus with Our Invest in San Diego Families partners before decisions are finalized. This will allow us to exchange proposals to get to the real issues faster. 

 

 

Nathan Wollmann: Pivot in strategy is smart offense

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SEIU Local 221 Bargaining Team Member and Steward Nathan Wollmann said, “There is not any better time to become a member. We are on our way up and need to keep strong for future bargaining as well.” Go to SEIU Local 221’s Facebook page and website for more updates.

I have worked for the County for almost 10 years. I work at the HHSA Appeals, Quality Control, Overpayment Specialization Unit. The pivot in our strategy is smart. We are not giving anything up. It is similar to fencing, where you make someone feel like they are winning and take them down. It is a smart offense. I’ve experienced some of the past contracts with the County. It was really bad when I started and it got a little better. This year our contract is going to be really great. The Invest in San Diego Families coalition is something new. It is really great to have community partners on the team. It has gotten the County’s attention. Now the challenge will be to make sure Invest in San Diego Families partners are still involved with our new approach. There is not any better time to become a member. We are strong and there is more strength in numbers. We are on our way up and need to keep strong for future bargaining as well. The County has been posting outright untruths on the intranet. Claiming we are somehow not willing to bargain. We have shown up every time ready to bargain. As long as we support each other, we are going to create power for ourselves through our union.

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Under protest, bargaining team votes to return to the table – Special Campaign Update 4

Under protest and while our legal charges are processed, the SEIU bargaining team is calling on the County to stop the delay tactics and meet us at the table.

Our team voted and the County has agreed to meet in a third room, therefore we will be able to meet under protest without our full bargaining team. This will allow us to exchange proposals to get to the real issues faster. The team stands united with our Invest in San Diego Families community team members, and there was a resounding sense of resolve and unity in the room. Our community allies and team members couldn’t be more determined to demand that the County stop delaying and Invest in San Diego Families!

As you know, our elected SEIU bargaining team has selected members of the Invest in San Diego Families to join our team at the table, because they have expertise on the County budget and the services that the County provides.  They bring perspective and strength to our bargaining team.  But the County has used their presence at the table as a pretext to refuse to bargain.  Together with our partners, the team has voted to come to the table so we can begin engaging on the issues instead of fighting over the process.

Enough is enough – SEIU 221 is calling on the County to bargain, and stop the delay tactics.

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– Dee Myers, County employee and Bargaining Team member

 

What’s been happening the last few weeks and months? The County has been publishing their version of events, pretty frequently, we think that’s because they want to distract you from what’s really going on here. Here’s the real version:

Nov. 29 – San Diego County refused to give any extension offer in writing to SEIU 221, despite our requests to be able to put any offer to a vote and get it in writing, the County first demanded that SEIU 221 elected leadership agree to “recommend” their deal. SEIU 221 refused such a ridiculous demand, and said – our members deserve to bargain.

Nov. 30 – SEIU sent an official request to bargain to the County and prepared for bargaining.

January – The County refused to acknowledge SEIU’s elected bargaining team of 65, and tried to delay bargaining by only releasing 26 members at a time, until ultimately they decided to release 44 under threat of our Unfair Labor Practice.

Feb. 2 – SEIU’s team had the first bargaining session with the County, our complete team in attendance (including our ISDF team members).

Feb. 16 – SEIU’s team met with the County to bargain, and the County team walked out!

Feb. 23 – SEIU’s team showed up to bargain, again, and (in a strange move) the County only sent two of their 11 member team to indicate they weren’t willing to bargain, yet again.

March 15 SEIU’s team and Invest in San Diego Families went to the Board of Supervisors to demand the County bargain.

March/April – The County began to “advertise” their extension offers to all County Employees in the Intranet – indicating that they never wanted to bargain at all, they just want County Employees to take their extension offer, with no questions asked (Tier D pension).

March – We asked the County how much the Tier D would save.  Their answer: they hadn’t even bothered to do the math.

April 6 – SEIU 221 Campaign Action Team and Bargaining Team member met and decided: ENOUGH, the County is delaying just to stall, let’s go to the table and make our demands.

BARGAINING

8 am Thursday April 13
Scottish Rite Event Center
1895 Camino Del Rio S
San Diego, CA 92108

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The County’s alternative facts – Campaign Update 3

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CAMPAIGN ACTION TEAM MEETING
6 pm Thursday, April 6
SEIU Local 221
4004 Kearny Mesa

We will have Public Employment Relations Board updates and information on the path forward, so everyone should attend.

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UNITY SPOTLIGHT El Cajon FRC Unity Breaks are growing! Members show solidarity to make the County of San Diego bargain fairly and Invest in San Diego Families

The County’s alternative facts

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By TRACEY CARTER

SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT

The County has been using the intranet site Insite to say some pretty outrageous things about bargaining. Why would they do that? Are they scared of members of these community organizations? SEIU’s members have the legal right to decide who will represent them in bargaining. It is obvious that the County does not want to bargain. The County’s strategy is to delay and divide us.

 

 

Vanessa Garcia: Numbers make the difference

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SEIU Local 221 Executive Board Member Vanessa Garcia said, “If working conditions matter to you, become a member.” Go to SEIU Local 221’s Facebook page for more updates.

I am a 22-year County Public Health Nurse employee, with the last three years at California Children Services. I have seen bargaining many times. I became a union member because of a very active coworker involved in bargaining. That was during a tough bargaining fight. Ultimately our high membership numbers won a contract with good raises. Now the County is trying to intimidate us. We are not going to back down. Members are fed up with low salaries and working in understaffed departments with high turnover. Sometimes people ask me ‘Why is the union supporting community partners?’ with Invest in San Diego Families. I say, ‘No they are supporting us and giving us a bigger voice against the County’ The community partners serve the same people that we serve. We have the same goals. We are not able to serve the public when we are understaffed and can’t retain workers. This fight is not about workers wanting more money. This fight is about wanting to help people in a positive and timely way – as the County’s H.E.A.R.T. program outlines. The County is trying to divide the workers. If working conditions matter to you, become a member.

 

 

 

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