BREAKING: SEIU 221 members ratify county contract

BREAKING: SEIU 221 members ratify county contract

By TRACEY CARTER
SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT  

Tracey Carter

Tonight, after a group of members finished counting the ballots for the county contract ratification, the final result is that a significant majority of SEIU Local 221 members voted to approve the tentative agreementwith the County of San Diego. The contract should be effective for the pay period beginning Oct. 13, and should be reflected in your paycheck on Nov. 3.

Our unity breaks, rallies, calls and testimony from members across the county and the threat of a strike forced the county to finally come to an agreement that wins improvements for our workers and our community. This contract begins to address the needs of county employees and residents, which have been building up under the current Board of Supervisors leadership. The agreement is a step forward in closing the wage gap for critical public servants and gives us some new tools to begin alleviating the chronic staff turnover and significant short staffing of services to vulnerable residents of San Diego. Together, we are committed to continuing 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. By certifying the vote tonight, the settlement will be placed on the agenda for the upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting, so implementation can start as soon as possible.
 
Winning this contract also means we have to double down to make sure that the County honors the agreements we’ve reached and that we continue to organizeso that we can finally make sure that pro-community/pro-worker candidates are elected to the Board of Supervisors in the coming years.  It’s time for San Diego to have elected leaders that are truly committed to addressing the needs of seniors, the homeless, low-income working families, youth and us, the county workers who dedicate ourselves to delivering high quality services every day.
 
 
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 below)
Bonuses: $5250 over the life of the contract, including $750 upon implementation of the contract
Health Care: 35% increase in health care payment (details below on how it may impact you)
Transit/Parking Reimbursement: $300 a month for parking downtown and 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 (increase of 7%)

2018 Prices 2018 Flex Costs per month Employee Savings/Year vs 17
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 (increase of 7%)

2018 Prices 2018 Flex at 7% Costs per month Employee Savings/Year vs 17
ee= $646 $574 -$72 +$852
ee+1= $1292 $874 -$418 +$1500
family= $1829 $1268 -$561 +$2100

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

In unity,

Tracey Carter
San Diego County Chapter President

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