|By TRACEY CARTER
SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT
The county contract ratification vote will be this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at work sites throughout the county. The list with locations is below.
All members can also cast a vote at the SEIU office from 8:30 am to 8 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, voting will be from 8:30 am to 6 pm. After that the bargaining team will count ballots.
If a majority of voting members cast a yes vote, the contract will be ratified. Please note that in order to be placed onto the agenda for the next Board of Supervisors meeting, we must complete the ratification by Sept. 15. A longer voting schedule would have delayed the implementation of the contract.
Here are the details:
Closing the Wage Gap: The majority of members received a wage package more generous than the counties original offer of 13% over five years. The rest will get 13% over 5 years (see details on reverse side)
Bonuses: $750 upon ratification, and $5250 over the life of the contract
Health Care: 35% increase in health care payment (details below on how it may impact you)
Parking Reimbursement: $300 a month for parking downtown or transit passes
O/T Rights: When assigned overtime, employees can choose cash or comp unless management can prove that the reason they can’t do what the member wants is justifiable. Members have the right to file a grievance to challenge this decision.
Labor Management and Safety: Expansion of Labor Management meetings include standing agenda items to discuss transfers, schedules, workload, employee performance/recognition and safety. Management must respond within 30 days to issues raised during labor management meetings.
Right to Rebut Discipline: Employees will have the right to add rebuttals to discipline (or any material in the file) in personnel file
Safety and Breaks: Food Service Workers and Cooks will be eligible for Hard-Toe shoes reimbursement. Improved meal and rest period language for RN and HS units
FRC Enrollment Expansion: Local 221 and the County will create a joint pilot program to expand and improve enrollment at FRCs.
Pension Stability: No further changes to Tiers A/B/C unless required by state law. Tier D program will be implemented for new staff (July 2018 at earliest).
Health Care Work Sheet
The Flex amount will increase 7% a year for the 5 year life of the contract.