July 11, 2017

Illegal change to “Cool Summer Days” dress code

On July 11, the County sent out a misleading memo that attempted to blame SEIU Local 221 for a dress-code change. SEIU Local 221 has filed several Unfair Labor Practice charges against the County. Many of these were caused by the County attempting to change long-standing practices without giving County employees and SEIU Local 221 members prior notice or an opportunity for input.

One specific example is the change the County tried to make in June to the “Cool Summer Days” dress-code policy, making it more restrictive. County employees should be able to wear comfortable clothing during the summer as they have in the past.  On June 20, 2017, the County imposed a restrictive dress code policy that it called the “Cool Summer Days 2017” program.  Starting June 20, 2017, the County required employees to wear “appropriate business casual attire,” which the County said meant “[c]asual clothing, such as jeans (including colored jeans) and sneakers of any kind.” Starting June 20, 2017, the County prohibited employees from wearing to work “flip flops or other unsafe shoes, shorts, tank tops, tights, beach or athletic wear and torn or revealing clothing.”

SEIU Local 221 members challenged the County’s restrictive dress code by filing an unfair practice charge at the Public Employment Relations Board, because County employees should be able to wear comfortable clothing during the summer as they have in the past, such as flip flops, shorts, tank tops, tights, beach or athletic wear.

By promptly filing an Unfair Labor Practice charge, we have been able to restore your freedom to wear weather-appropriate clothes during these hot summer months.

The County realized that it violated California law when it tried to narrow the dress code on “Cool Summer Days” without giving prior notice or an opportunity for SEIU Local 221 to respond. It sent out a second memo rescinding its changes to the summer dress code. If you were allowed to wear it before during the summer, you can wear it now.

The County is still trying to bully us instead of working with us, making dress-code changes without consulting us and not bargaining in good faith. Are you sick of all these games that the County is playing? Come to the next Campaign Action Team meeting so we can make the County Invest in San Diego Families and treat its employees with respect.

CAT meeting

6 pm Tuesday July 18

1936 Quivira Way, San Diego

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