Congratulations again on the contract victory that ensured wage increases and a stronger voice for all county employees. There have been many questions about the 2% stipend that did not appear in the first paycheck of November. The first stipend payment will appear on the November 22nd paycheck, and then on the first paycheck of each month for the next five months after. Here is the explanation from the county:
The second reading of the SEIU Agreements (the Board adoption date) occurred on October 8, 2013. The MOA language states, “This one-time monetary payment shall be paid beginning with the first pay period following completion of two pay periods after adoption by the Board of Supervisors…The 2% one-time payment shall be paid out in 6 payments, to be paid with the first payday of each month.” Two pay periods following BOS adoption (PP10: October 18-October 31 and PP11: November 1-November 14) would make the first payment due with the paycheck for pay period ending on November 14th, which will be paid on November 22nd. The payments thereafter are the first pay period of the month. As such, the second payment will be due on December 6th.
This means, you will see the first payment of the stipend on November 22nd, and then you will get the second payment on the very next paycheck on December 6th.
We are having a series of workplace meetings with a full update on the contract and discussion on how to continue to strengthen our Union. Please come to your next meeting or contact Michaella Millican with any questions.
You are invited to a celebration BBQ for the County Chapter Bargaining Team. These members spent many months fighting to get a fair contract. Now we would like to show our appreciation for their hard work. Bring your family to the park and join us in the celebration! Food and drink provided.
*We will be at Playa Pacifica Park, San Diego, CA. North of the Hilton Hotel. Look for the purple signs.
Last week SEIU members voted 86% YES to ratify the Tentative Agreement! This year’s ratification was the largest turnout in years. The bargaining team is confident that members agree that progress was made towards the membership’s goals.
The SEIU membership continues to grow every month because employees know that if we do not organize around our common goals, work together towards a more productive relationship with our employer, and make progress for ourselves as a working middle-class, no one will.
Together we are stronger and we encourage all County employees to join SEIU so that we can be an even more effective Union. This is our Union!
Ultimately, a union is a group of people who wield power when they are committed to take action to reach their goals. Signing a membership card is the first step, being actively aware and engaged is step two, and staying united when the going gets tough is step three. This year a large percentage of the membership was willing to go the distance to win a fair contract. The membership, activists, and worksite leaders are more committed than ever! What 2013 taught us is an activist based Union is more effective than the service based model of unionism of the past.
To each and every one of you who wore purple, took a unity break, marched through the streets, came to a meeting, made a phone call, or encouraged a friend to join the Union…WE DID IT!
(1600 Pacific Highway) Members are encouraged to attend! Board scheduled to vote on the TA.
(Al Bahr Shriners – 5440 Kearny Mesa Road)
(Location TBD) Stewards/worksite activists encouraged to attend. Learn new contract language and the plan to win the the years to come!
Congratulations SEIU Local 221 County of San Diego employees on the Ratification of your Tentative Agreement.
The ballots were counted September 21st and the overwhelming majority of the County Chapter voted YES to ratify the agreement, 86% of the votes cast were YES votes.
You all worked hard and made the difference in your campaign to “Put People First” in San Diego and while we made progress towards each of our goals we still have forward movement to make. Your participation, stewardship, and activity in the workplace and the community must continue.
We Recommend a YES Vote!
On September 10th, the SEIU Local 221 Negotiating Committee reached a tentative agreement on new contracts for each bargaining unit. After seven months of negotiations and campaigning at worksites across the County, we are confident in saying this contract represents a step in the right direction and Puts People First. The Negotiating Committee is overwhelmingly recommending a YES vote on the new contracts.
The agreement makes progress toward the goals that the Union members set prior to the start of negotiations:
1. Fair wages for all employees
– Bonuses and wage increases for ALL SEIU represented employees
2. Affordable healthcare for County workers and our families
– County will contribute hundreds more each year to employees healthcare
3. A stronger voice for County workers
– Improvements in Labor Management and the Grievance Procedure
You made the difference! We won this contract because workers participated in worksite meetings, unity breaks, marches, rallies, signed petitions, and purple Wednesdays. We won because we showed that we would not be invisible or silent and we were prepared to engage in the kind of job actions to show our determination and unity.
There is one step left in the process – the Ratification Vote! All SEIU represented employees should review the Tentative Agreement Summary and the Equity Adjustment Job Code List and all members in good standing are expected to participate in the ratification process the week of September 16th. Please see the Ratification Vote Meeting Schedule and identify which time and location will work best for you. Each hour long vote session will include an agreement overview, question and answer session, and time to cast your vote. (Large sites with coverage issues, please use this Sign-Up Sheet and turn in your sign-in sheet to management so they can arrange break and lunch times to accommodate the voting schedule.)
Management has finally agreed to use mediation as a means to reach an agreement and avoid going to impasse. This is a positive development but mediation is like marriage counseling – it only works if both sides are willing…and we are!
Where are we now?
|Major Issues at the Bargaining Table||San Diego County||
9,500+ SEIU represented County workers
|Wages & Pension Offset||No raises Small one-time, taxable bonus each yearEliminate up to 1.5% of the remaining employee offset and increase pay by up to 1.3%
Eliminating the $1000 for 30+ years of service
|Wage increases every yearfor every worker Additional wage increases equal to every percent lost since 2011
Eliminate the entire employee offset (7%)
|Flex Benefits||No Parity Annual amount of benefits:Year 1: Employee only $5,304, Employee +1 $7,896, Family $11,328
Year 2: Employee only $5,568, Employee +1 $8,448, Family $12,348
No improved prescription coverage
No cash out for flex benefits
|PARITY with executive management Annual amount of benefits:Year 1: Employee only $6,691, Employee +1 $9,526, Family $13,104
Year 2: Employee only $7,025, Employee +1 $10,192, Family $14,283
Reduce Co-Pays for prescriptions for diabetes, depression, cardio -vascular, asthma by $20 each
Unused flex benefits can be cashed out by those who do not use them
|Transfers & Promotions||No changes to the way promotions are awarded County will seek volunteers first on temporary transfers||Internal applicants should be considered before external applicants for promotions – and seniority is the tie-breaker Transfers should be awarded to volunteers first and if no volunteers then seniorityTransfers have a 6-month limit
There are no restrictions on applying to other jobs
|Workload & Staffing(HHS)||No proposals… Keep up the hard work.||Enough staff to provide the highest quality of service to the community Enforceable maximum caseload per employee Floaters and backfill|
The County has made their choice – NOW it’s time for you to make yours.
SEIU members County-wide are ready to fight for and win a fair contract for all County Employees and Better Services for our community. We have done more with less, we are willing to pay our fair share, we are advocates for our clients, and we are ready to stand up and fight for what is right for us, our families, and our community!
Wage increase for every employee every year!
Staffing standards matter everyday!
Healthcare is not an executive perk!
No more tax breaks for the the wealthiest 1%!
Solidarity Rally & March
Saturday, June 22nd
Harvey Milk/Normal St. (Near Hillcrest DMV, 92103)