After dozens of SEIU members called, wrote comments and testified Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors, the Board approved two motions that expanded the total pool for hazard pay and teleworking stipends for County employees. This should cover all SEIU members that served the County during the COVID-19 crisis. Follow this link to watch coverage on NBC 7 San Diego of Tuesday’s Board meeting.
During the past year, our actions at the Board, many thousands of petition signers, and vehicle caravans throughout the County forced the Supervisors to #RespectProtectPayUs. This was a big change from previous hazard-pay bargaining sessions, when management representatives wouldn’t even write down real proposals, and March 2020, when Supervisors didn’t even second a motion to provide us with hazard pay.
We applaud Board Chair Fletcher, Vice-Chair Vargas and Supervisor Lawson-Remer for standing up for County employees Tuesday. We note the empty praise for County employees from Supervisors Desmond, who voted against the teleworking stipend for 8,000 employees, and Supervisor Anderson, who voted no on the whole package.
- Our Hazard Pay Bargaining Team will be working with County staff to finalize the agreement and the date of payment during the next week.
- Support the team and sign the petition to call upon the County to pass an equity-driven budget and give final approval for hazard pay in June by approving staffing increases and investing in recovery.
- Sign up to speak or comment at the Board of Supervisors meeting on June 16. This is our last chance to publicly pressure our Supervisors to vote for an Equity Budget and approve hazard pay.