Your bargaining team recommends a YES vote!

Your bargaining team recommends a YES vote!

By TRACEY CARTER
SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT  

Tracey Carter
We have done what once felt impossible and forced the county improve their contract offer in order to avoid a strike after six months of literally refusing to negotiate.  Our membership has held countless unity breaks, rallies and marches, and we have relentlessly engaged the Board of Supervisors through calls, emails and attending meetings, and now we have achieved a contract that is a step in the right direction for the County workforce.  We are confident that these are the best terms we could get at this time, but at the same time we are disappointed that the Board of Supervisors blocked more substantial changes.  Together, we will continue to work with our partners in the Invest in San Diego Families Coalition to challenge the current and future Board of Supervisors to invest in its workforce and community instead of hoarding cash reserves.
 
The ratification vote will be this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at work sites throughout the county.  The list with locations will be finalized and sent over the next few hours. 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:
 
ECONOMICS
 
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
 
WORKER PROTECTIONS
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).  
 

WAGE AND BONUS CHART

Unit(s)

Year 1

Year2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

5yr Total

RN

7%

(3% + 4% equity)

3%

3%

1.5%

1.5%

16%

SW

5%

(3% + 2% equity)

3%

3%

1.5%

1.5%

14%

SS

5%

(3% + 2% equity)

3%

3%

1.5%

1.5%

14%

CL

4%

(3% + 1% equity)

3%

3%

1.5%

1.5%

13%

PS/AE/PR/

HS/MM/FS

3%

3%

3%

1.5%

2.5%

(1.5% + 1% equity)

13%

Psychiatrist Specialists

(fix 2013 issue)

8%

(3% + 5% equity)

3%

3%

1.5%

1.5%

17%

Bonus (All units)

$750

$750

$750

$1500

$1500

$5250

Health Care (All)

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

35%

Health Care Work Sheet

Current Kaiser Traditional HMO for 2017 (78% of represented SEIU employees)

Current 2017 Prices 2017 Flex Costs per month  
ee= $490.08 $536 +$46.08  
ee+1= $980.16 $815 -$165.16  
family= $1386 $1185 -$201  

 

Kaiser Traditional HMO for 2018

2018 Prices 2018 Flex Costs per month Annual Change 17/18
ee= $508.32 $574 +$67.68 +$259.20
ee+1= $1016.69 $872 -$144.69 +245.64
family= $1,438.54 $1268 -$170.54 +365.52

 

Anthem Select (17% of represented SEIU employees) to VEBA United Network 1 for 2017

Current 2017 Prices 2017 Flex Costs per month  
ee= $679 $536 -$143  
ee+1= $1,358 $815 -$543  
family= $1,921 $1185 -$736  

 

VEBA/United Performance Network 1 for 2018

2018 Prices 2018 Flex at 7% Costs per month Annual Change 17/18
ee= $646 $574 -$72 +$852
ee+1= $1292 $874 -$418 +$1500
family= $1829 $1268 -$561 +$2,100

The Flex amount will increase 7% a year for the 5 year life of the contract.

Click here for a printable PDF version of this chart.

In unity,

Tracey Carter
San Diego County Chapter President

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