The Advocacy Center had a busy start to 2016. Year-to-date Advocacy has won or resolved 79 cases. Below is a sampling of SEIU Local 221 wins:
The Advocacy Team trains Stewards and handles all employee grievance and discipline issues.
County of San Diego
– Member received a proposed termination. SEIU was able to reach settlement before Skelly hearing. Employee received a 10-day suspension instead.
– SEIU attended an interactive accommodations meeting with employer. Employee was granted the accommodation requested.
– Member placed off work, able to get member transferred as part of accommodation and start work again.
– Member given LOW, reduced to COC (Steward Jose Cintron).
– Member given suspension, reduced to LOR, grieved LOR, reduced to LOW (Steward Johanna Firth).
– Member given suspension, reached settlement with language changes.
– Members are now being paid for travel time according to FLSA standards.
– Member accused of sexual harassment. Represented during IA, charges were unfounded.
– Member denied ability to go to work conference during normal day off. Chula Vista reversed position through negotiations with (Steward Nicole Hobson).
– Member initially denied accommodation but was given one through interactive process.
– SEIU reached an agreement with employer to allow an employee to resign in lieu of termination, school also agreed to pay medical benefits for an additional three months.
– SEIU reached settlement agreement with district in the process of layoffs to come to a favorable resolution for impacted member. Member was planning on retiring by the end of the year, and the district is allowing member to keep position until then so they do not disrupt any retirement plans.
– SEIU filed a grievance on behalf of a member who was terminated. SEIU was able to come to a resolution with employer during grievance process and member was brought back to work.
– SEIU filed a grievance on behalf of a member who was terminated. During arbitration hearing, SEIU was able to reach a monetary settlement with employer that member was very happy with.
-Letter of Reprimand and Letter of Warning reduced to confirmations of conferences through grievance procedure. Steward Sofia Arian victory
-Letter of Warning reduced to Confirmation of Conference through grievance procedure.
-Letter of Reprimand reduced to Letter of Warning through grievance procedure.
-Employee’s suspension reduced to Letter of Reprimand through negotiation with County.
-15 day suspension reduced to 5 day suspension through Skelly hearing.
-Settlement agreement over a 15 day suspension through negotiations with County.
-Termination reduced to 30 day suspension through Skelly hearing.
-Temporary appointment given for member working out of class through negotiations with County.
-Pay denied for time worked, through grievance procedure OT was given. Steward Deborah Allison victory
-Only COC issued after Union representation during investigation, two charges were declared unfounded and the third inconclusive.
-Inaccurate COC was fixed through negotiations with County.
-PR changed to be overall standard and almost all improvement needed areas were raised to meet expectations through PR appeal process. Steward Alicia Leyva victory
-Termination reduced to 60 day suspension after Skelly, through negotiations with County.
-Mistake by County during open enrollment for one employee, resolved through informal discussions.
-Overcharged for health insurance, refund of monies given through negotiations with County.
-Violating medical restrictions, restrictions enforced through negotiations with County.
-LOW wording changed through grievance procedure.
– Employee received two quarters worth of an attendance bonus previously not given. Issue was brought well past the grievance deadline, an agreement was reached through informal discussions with HR.
An employee received a written warning which was reduced to a communication conference through the grievance procedure.
Three Court reporters were issued five day suspensions that were reduced to Letters of Reprimand after the Skelly conference. Steward Robin Casey worked on all three cases.
An employee was issued a one day suspension that was reduced to a written reprimand after the Skelly Hearing. The level of suspension was also reduced several times through the pre disciplinary hearings.
An LVN was issued a 30 day suspension which was reduced to a 15 day suspension after the Skelly hearing.
PUSD did not change a job description after they agreed to do so after a meet and confer. SEIU filed a group grievance and it was remedied at step one by changing the job description. Steward Arthur Hall worked on this case.
PUSD was using a substitute in a vacant bargaining unit position as a behind the wheel trainer in the transportation department, essentially giving away bargaining unit work and violating the contract. SEIU filed a group grievance and the issue was remedied at step one. The district agrees not to give away bargaining unit work and will only utilize subs when regular permanent behind the wheel trainers are unavailable. Additionally, the vacant position will also be posted internally. Steward Arthur Hall worked on this case.
HHSA – County of San Diego
HHSA – County of San Diego
Library – County of San Diego
Parks and Recreation – County of San Diego
MAAC Project – Head Start
City of Calexico
SAN DIEGO (January 16, 2014) – A team of organizations in San Diego County will receive $1.9 million over the next two years, to build upon efforts to empower the region’s most vulnerable residents. In a competitive process, San Diego was one of three locations selected to receive the grant from the Open Society Foundations. The other awardees were groups in Puerto Rico and Buffalo, New York.
“This is really about making San Diego more open, just and democratic. It is time that we bring in those who have been marginalized in our community, as a means to make San Diego a more productive and thriving region,” explained Clare Crawford, Executive Director of the Center on Policy Initiatives.
Efforts funded by the grant will focus on the full integration of immigrants and people impacted by the criminal justice system into the region’s civic and economic life through increased access to key services, improvements in the workplace and better access to middle class careers.
“When you are an immigrant it is hard to meaningfully participate in the civic life, if you aren’t making a fair wage or you are afraid to speak up. This grant will help us build the infrastructure to include more residents in rebuilding San Diego in a more equitable and inclusive manner,” said Gloria Morales, a San Diego Organizing Project leader.
“This grant presents a new and exciting chance to expand the opportunities available to those impacted by the criminal justice system. By ignoring these individuals’ rights to participate in society, we don’t just harm the individuals, but we harm their families, friends, and the communities they are a part of. This grant allows us to create spaces for which those impacted by the criminal justice system can grow, learn, and give back to their own communities,” stated Paul Alexander, President and Founder of Pillars of the Community.
The Open Places Initiative was launched in response to profound changes in U.S. demographics, the economy, technology, and shifts in federal and state funding. These changes have dramatically affected local conditions, dynamics, and opportunities and impact how low-income families and communities of color are able to access political, economic, and civic opportunities. “We hope that our investment in these places, over the years, will encourage people from diverse sectors – policymakers, residents, academicians, advocates, and business people – to come together to bring about positive transformational change,” said Ken Zimmerman, director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations.
The local team’s proposal was based on three substantive goals:
Organizations in the San Diego team include Employee Rights Center, Center on Policy Initiatives, San Diego Organizing Project, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, Christie’s Place, San Diego Youth Development Office, Pillars of the Community and SEIU/Service Employees International Union Local 221 and United Domestic Workers Local 3930. Foundation partners include The California Endowment, The Ford Foundation, The San Diego Grantmakers, The California Civic Participation Funders (The California Endowment, Color of Democracy Fund, Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, James Irvine Foundation, Kapor Center for Social Impact, McKay Foundation, PowerPAC Foundation, Rosenberg Foundation, Women’s Foundation of California) and The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.