It has been a remarkable few weeks and the impact on all of our families, our communities and our work has been unprecedented. We are having a town hall meeting to ensure that all members have the latest information and resources. It will also be an opportunity to share our collective efforts to protect our members, communities and families, the work we have ahead and to answer any questions you may have. Members can join by phone or by video.
Including union updates, information, resources and question and answers
9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28
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In a powerful display of unity at the March 24 Board of Supervisors meeting, front-line County workers presented hundreds of petition signatures calling on the Board to #ProtectAllWorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you haven’t signed the petition yet, follow this link to add your name today.
The petition, which was signed by more than 500 workers in a week, demands that the County provide safer workplaces, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for front-line staff. It calls for more telecommuting opportunities, as well as fully paid leave for those who must take time off due to their personal health or family care needs.
“We have to speak out now because keeping workers safe is the only way we can keep patients safe,” Public Health Nurse Augustin Rucobo told the Board in an urgent appeal for additional PPE. “We needs safety tools to keep fighting this pandemic.”
Tuesday’s meeting was the first time ever the Board of Supervisors has met by teleconference rather than in person. In addition to Rucobo, two other County employees and SEIU Local 221 President David Garcias spoke remotely about the need for the County of San Diego to protect all workers.
“I urge you to find ways for more people to telework,” said Alicia Shirley, a supervisor in the Probation Department. She called on the County to provide laptops and other necessary support for remote work, noting that when employees are required to report to County offices “these dedicated workers risk infecting themselves, family, community members and coworkers.”
Librarian Leslie Masland provided testimony about a coworker who recently returned from maternity leave with no sick time left in her bank. Masland’s comments, which highlighted the importance of providing paid time off without wiping out employees’ balances, were read into the record.
The County Administrative Officer acknowledged the local and national severity of the safety equipment crisis and made commitments to provide flexible teleworking options in response to proposals made by our union in our petition and at the bargaining table.
With the support of our union and the Invest in San Diego Families coalition, the Board also took a first step to minimize the economic impact of this crisis on our workforce by approving up to 120 hours of Advanced Sick Leave during the Pandemic and approved a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures to protect San Diegans.
Our next step is to push the County to provide protective equipment as soon as possible and to lock in the teleworking commitments by putting them in writing in our upcoming bargaining sessions. We will provide more updates as they become available.
Noon, Friday, March 27
Shabach 14925 Great Southern Overland Stage Julian, CA 92036
2 p.m. Friday, March 27
Christ the King at Vallecitos Elementary School 5211 Fifth St. Rainbow, CA 92028
Noon Saturday, March 28
Provisions Relief Team 1001 W. Country Club Lane Escondido, CA 92026
Feeding San Diego
8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday
Community Through Hope Eucalyptus Park 436 C St, Chula Vista, CA 91910
10 a.m. every Thursday
Brother Benno 3260 Production Ave, Oceanside, CA, 92057
1:30 p.m. every Friday
First Congregational Church of Ramona 404 8th St, Ramona, CA 92065
There are NO REQUIREMENTS to accessing food distribution
As of March 16, we are closing the Local Union Hall until further notice. We are postponing upcoming meetings.
The Local will remain accessible by telephone. If you have any upcoming in-person meetings at the Union Hall or at your work site, please call in first. Call (858) 560-0151 to confirm that meetings are taking place in person or whether they will be delayed, done by phone or remotely.
The COVID-19 outbreak is a fast moving situation. We will give you updates as we get them. We are meeting to determine the best course of action with employers, including with the County of San Diego, which we are in communication with and we will meet with shortly. We will send updates as they become available.
Your union’s updated COVID-19 resource page includes a form to report concerns about discrimination or unfair treatment: http://www.seiu221.org/2020/03/06/coronavirus/
We encourage respect for all employees and those we serve during this challenging time. COVID-19 has the potential to affect all communities, regardless of race or ethnic background. As members of SEIU Local 221, let’s make sure we stand with our communities and are united against all forms of prejudice and discriminatory targeting.
Being united in our union to address this virus is another example of why all working people need the opportunity to join together in a union, no matter where we work.