Nancy Weathers, public health nurse at North Coastal Public Health Center, testified on May 16 at the State Legislature’s Joint Audit Committee about the County’s response to the hepatitis A outbreak. She focused on the need for resources and a safety protocol to protect nurses and patients. Nurses had to submit a petition to add park ranger and police escorts to hepatitis A field assignments, keeping nurses safe and allowing us to do our jobs protecting community health. Weathers was the only public speaker to address the committee, which decided to investigate how the county’s public health department handled the outbreak. This is just the beginning as we continue to advocate for more staffing. Join the fight and support nurses by becoming a member today.
On May 16, your SEIU bargaining team tentatively agreed to the contract with the Court.
Now it’s your turn to vote on the final package this Thursday, May 24!
Your bargaining team is recommending a YES vote. Not a member? Sign up to support your bargaining team and vote YES. Wear Purple on Thursday to show your support!
Thursday, May 24, Ratification Vote
Winterhaven (outside courthouse) 8:45-9 am
Brawley (Jury Room in Brawley East) 10:30-11 am
Valley Plaza (second floor conference room) 11-noon
Main Courthouse (lower level conference room) 11:30-1:30 pm
You must be a member to vote. You can sign up for membership at the voting sites.
Major contract changes your SEIU bargaining team negotiated
The term of the contract is the date of ratification until December 31, 2019
Compensation and overtime
Special pay practices
Labor Management Committee
Working hours and work week
Involuntary reassignment and rotations
This document is based on the Contract and Memorandums of Agreement between the County of San Diego and the Service Employees International Union, Local 221, from Oct.13, 2017–June 23, 2022. Click here to read them.
Section 1. Wage Increases
Fiscal Year 2017-2018: 3% wage increase effective October 13, 2017
Fiscal Year 2018-2019: 3% wage increase effective January 4, 2019
Fiscal Year 2019-2020: 3% wage increase effective January 3, 2020
Fiscal Year 2020-2021: 1.5% wage increase effective June 19, 2020
Fiscal Year 2021-2022: 1.5% wage increase effective June 18, 2021
Section 2. Equity Adjustments
The below listed bargaining units have been identified to receive an equity adjustment effective January 5, 2018:
The below listed bargaining units have been identified to receive an equity adjustment effective June 18, 2021:
Section 3. One-Time Bonus Schedule
Join the members of SEIU Local 221’s African-American Action Committee for our annual celebration of Juneteenth. The purpose of this cultural and historic event is to celebrate the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment ending slavery.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Gwen Thompson-Chamberlain. She participated in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Meridian, Miss. She and her siblings were students in the infamous Freedom Schools and their experiences are part of Freedom Summer history.
RSVP to Senior Worksite Organizer Solita Kampley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 560-0151 ext. 229
With the important June 5 elections just around the corner, please join us in getting out the vote for our SEIU endorsed Board of Supervisors Candidate Nathan Fletcher at our next Steward Council meeting.
Steward Council phone bank with Nathan Fletcher
6-8pm Thursday, May 24
SEIU 221 Union hall
We’ll have pizza and Nathan Fletcher will be stopping by to join us at the phone bank.
As Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher will focus on supporting County workers in our efforts to improve working conditions, such as addressing excessive workload and understaffing, as well as ensure we provide services to our most vulnerable community members. That’s why SEIU 221, the Democratic Party, Nurses and Firefighters all support Nathan Fletcher!
Together we can we shake up the Board of Supervisors that has not been working for San Diego for more than 30 years!
RSVP to Senior Advocacy Center Organizer Jennifer Spirit at Jennifer.Spirit@seiu221.org
SEIU Local 221 Senior Advocacy Center Organizer
Due to feedback from our members, we have decided to cancel Steward Council scheduled for May 10. We will continue with our regularly scheduled Steward Council meeting on Thursday, May 24.
We are also holding a Basic Steward Training on Saturday, May 19, and are asking you all to try to recruit one member who is interested in becoming a union steward. Please let us know the name of your potential steward by Thursday, May 17. If you are interested in teaching a portion of our Basic Steward Training, please reach out to Senior Advocacy Center Organizer Jennifer Spirit at Jennifer.Spirit@seiu221.org
SDCERA has let the county know that they are not implementing Tier D for new employees due to legal issues. The county is now suing SDCERA. We do not know the outcome of this process, but we will continue to monitor this and inform the membership with new developments.
This summary, based on a member’s notes, is designed to emphasize the collaborative spirit of the meeting: On April 20, about 30 SEIU Local 221 members met with Nick Macchione, Agency Director of the County Health and Human Services Agency, to talk about better serving the community.
The employees gave up their Friday evening to support the intentions of ConnectWellSD, a computer program, which was created with the goal of increasing communication and coordination among County services. It is designed to ensure that residents are receiving full access to the services they are entitled to. However, many employees raised serious concerns about the way it is being implemented. SEIU presented data from about 50 surveys on the employees’ experience with this program. SEIU continues to collect surveys about this issue and, as of May 3, has about 100, which will be shared with management to work toward improvements in the system and make progress together.
The experience shared by front-line employees in the room and the surveys covered areas where progress is being made, including finally updating an old, paperwork based system. The group also addressed areas of concern, such as manual data entry from other systems, clients being sent to the wrong people and wrong locations, double-booked appointments, lack of a backup when the system is down and assignment deadlines that don’t take into account nonworking days. The group generated ideas about how to address these issues, including more time to complete tasks, increased training time without any incoming assignments, using surveys and focus groups to identify problems and having managers share with their supervisors problems and concerns with the system.
The goal of this meeting was to support a collaborative model where workers, County leadership, and the community come together to make progress. This will allow ConnectWell to truly deliver the best and most efficient services possible to the residents of San Diego County.