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August 2017

Two-day ULP strike set for Sept. 12 and 13

 

Two-day ULP strike set for Sept. 12 and 13

By TRACEY CARTER
SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT  

Tracey Carter

 Last night, on Aug 29, a huge group determined the dates for our Unfair Labor Practice strike.

We will have an Unfair Labor Practice Strike on Sept. 12 and 13.

Have questions about what this means? Read the ULP Strike frequently asked questions by clicking here

Need a refresher about why we are conducting an Unfair Labor Practice Strike? Click here.

The vote came after thousands of San Diego County employees voted at more than 60 work sites throughout the County during a two week period. The participation in the Unfair Labor Practice strike vote was the largest in the history of this union.

 
What’s next
 
Build pressure on the County at Labor Day Rally
8:30 to noon Monday Sept 4
Sign up by clicking here
 
ULP Strike Prep
9 am to 2 pm Saturday, Sept. 9

At SEIU Local 221 Union Hall, 4004 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego
We will prep signs, talk logistics, etc.
 
And keep calling the Board of Supervisors. Everyone should have friends, family and neighbors call the Supervisors directly at the numbers listed below. If you want to see a map of Supervisors’ districts, click here. Tell them that they can avoid a strike if their County team starts bargaining in good faith. 

District 1 – Greg Cox – (619) 531-5511
District 2 – Dianne Jacob – (619) 531-5522
District 3 – Kristin Gaspar – (619) 531-5533
District 4 – Ron Roberts – (619) 531-5544
District 5 – Bill Horn – (619) 531-5555

County CAO – Helen Robbins-Meyer – (619) 531-5880

In unity,

Tracey Carter
San Diego County Chapter President

 

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When and for how long should we strike? CAT Meeting 8/29

 

By TRACEY CARTER
SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT  

Tracey Carter

All County employees are needed on Aug. 29 at the CAT team meeting. During the meeting, we will discuss and vote on the date and duration of our Unfair Labor Practice strike.

Emergency CAT Team
6 pm Aug. 29
Marina Village, Anchor Room
1936 Quivera Way, San Diego

As you know, the County is forcing us to schedule an Unfair Labor Practice strike by not bargaining in good faith. County management ended mediation last week after three intense days of work by the bargaining team trying to reach a fair agreement. Our bargaining team still stands ready to negotiate a fair contract at any time. From the outset, County Management has refused to bargain in good faith, including failing to provide essential information, imposing unlawful deadlines on the bargaining process and intimidating workers.  The County also has changed workers’ terms and conditions of employment without discussion with them or their representative. From the beginning, the County has had a “take it or leave it” approach to the bargaining process, rejecting without discussion nearly all proposals presented by the workers. Additionally, the County has made worse and worse proposals to employees, which is regressive bargaining – an illegal practice.

All these issues are forcing your Bargaining Team to schedule an Unfair Labor Practice strike. SEIU Local 221 members have made a commitment to give the public 10 days notice prior to striking, which means the strike will be scheduled no earlier than Sept. 6
 

AND KEEP CALLING THE SUPERVISORS!

It is critical that the Board of Supervisors hear directly from San Diego residents. Everyone should have friends, family and neighbors call the Supervisors directly at the numbers listed below. If you want to see a map of Supervisors’ districts, click here. Tell them that it’s time for good faith bargaining and a fair agreement for all San Diego. The Supervisors can avoid a strike if their County team starts bargaining in good faith!

District 1 – Greg Cox – (619) 531-5511
District 2 – Dianne Jacob – (619) 531-5522
District 3 – Kristin Gaspar – (619) 531-5533
District 4 – Ron Roberts – (619) 531-5544
District 5 – Bill Horn – (619) 531-5555
County CAO – Helen Robbins-Meyer – (619) 531-5880

In unity,

Tracey Carter
San Diego County Chapter President

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Unfair Labor Practice Charges against the County of San Diego

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COUNTY WORKERS AUTHORIZE ULP STRIKE

 
Tracey Carter

Unfair Labor Practice strike vote stems from San Diego County’s continued refusal to bargain in good faith

Workers call for mediated bargaining

By TRACEY CARTER
SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Thousands of San Diego County employees voted at more than 60 work sites throughout the County during the past 2 weeks and 90 percent of the employees who voted authorized the Bargaining Team to call an Unfair Labor Practice Strike at any point to protest the County of San Diego’s ongoing violations of California State Law. Violations include the County illegally bargaining repressively and not bargaining in good faith. We want to welcome the more than 110 new members who signed up during the voting.

None of us want to go on strike because of the impact on the residents that we serve, but we will if we have to. We remain hopeful that the County will come to its senses and start bargaining fairly so a strike is not necessary

WHAT’S NEXT: Although the Bargaining Team is now authorized to call a strike, the next step is nonbinding mediation on Aug. 15. If that fails the Bargaining Team will decide if, when and for how long a strike will take place. The team has agreed to give the County of San Diego 10-days’ notice before a strike begins.

Come to the Campaign Action Team meeting from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday Aug. 16 at Marina Village, 1936 Quivera Way, San Diego. We will be making signs and preparing for a ULP strike action.

SEIU Local 221 members hold up ballots and more than 110 new membership cards at Thursday nights vote count where thousands voted and more than 90 percent authorized an unfair labor practice strike.

SEIU Local 221 members hold up ballots and more than 110 new membership cards at Thursday night’s vote count where thousands voted and more than 90 percent authorized an unfair labor practice strike.

This is a fight for the very existence of our union and our right to organize, and we aren’t backing down.

We must stand strong, together, and everyone must participate:

  • If you are not a member, join the Union. We must send a message of unity and strength to the County.
  • Participate in unity breaks and worksite actions every Thursday. If you don’t know the plan for your worksite, contact your steward or worksite organizer.
  • For a complete list of information about bargaining and more details go to seiu221.org

 

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PERB issues complaint about County of San Diego bargaining in bad faith; County changes Comp/OT payouts

 
Tracey Carter

BREAKING: PERB issues complaint about County of San Diego bargaining in bad faith

County changes Comp/OT payouts

By TRACEY CARTER
SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Months ago, County employees represented by SEIU Local 221 and the County of San Diego filed charges against each other about who was on the SEIU Local 221 Bargaining Team. SEIU 221 included representatives from the Invest in San Diego Families community partners in its bargaining team. The County refused to bargain with these partners at the table and seemed to be arguing that the County had the right to pick who was on the SEIU Local 221 bargaining team.

The Public Employment Relations Board just issued a complaint on our charge and the County’s. This means the charges will now be disputed formally. SEIU Local 221 will ask the two complaints to be combined into one hearing since they are related.

The County is also trying to divide us by playing games with comp time. This is another trick to try to get members mad if they are someone who wanted the comp time. Your bargaining team met and issued a demand that the County follow the proper protocol for paying cash for OT during contract expiration. SEIU 221 did propose RN and HS keep the comp as these members requested, but (of course) the County refused and said it was all or nothing. SEIU 221 will continue to push for dispute resolution for those units and to give employees the choice of comp or cash. In the meantime if you work OT – the County decided that you will get paid cash.

Some of you may be frustrated by this, but don’t fall into the County’s trap. Be patient.

If you have questions, we are here to answer them, please reach out.

Our unfair-labor-practice strike vote continues today. Click here for the list of voting sites

This is a fight for the very existence of our union and our right to organize, and we aren’t backing down.

We must stand strong, together, and everyone must participate:

  • If you are not a member, join the Union. We must send a message of unity and strength to the County.
  • Participate in unity breaks and worksite actions every Thursday. If you don’t know the plan for your worksite, contact your steward or worksite organizer.
  • For a complete list of information about bargaining and more details go to seiu221.org

 

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