GVHC Chapter: Contract ratification summary and voting schedule



Your SEIU Local 521 Bargaining Team is recommending a “YES” vote to ratify your Collective Bargaining Agreement for April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2016.

Please scroll down to read the summary or click here for the flyer (PDF) and be ready to vote at your site based on schedule below:

Dos Palos: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Los Banos Medical: 10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
Los Banos Dental: 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Newman: 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.
Patterson: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Westley: 1:50 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Las Vegas: 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Robb Road: 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Riverbank: 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Tenaya: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Florida: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
6th Street: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Ceres: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Main (Turlock): 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Olive (Turlock): 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
North Merced: 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Obanion: 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Planada: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Le Grande: 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Obanion: 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Childs-Senior Bldg., Training Room 2: 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Westley: 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Ballots will be counted on Tuesday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at GVHC, 737 W. Childs Ave., Merced
All members are welcome to attend!


This is what you will be voting on:

Article 11: Salary Increases, Incentive Pay, and Merit Pay
In 2013 members will receive the following compensation:

  • Group 1: If not at the top of the Salary Range employee will receive .35 cents per hour raise.
  • Group 2: For those members that are .25 cents or less from being at the top of the salary range they will receive a hourly increase up to the maximum and then receive the remainder of the .25 cent raise as a lump sum bonus.

Example: 10 cents goes to hourly wage, lump sum bonus is .15 cents times 2,080 hours = $312.

  • Group 3: For those members at the top of the salary range they will receive a lump sum bonus .25 cents times 2,080 hours. For full time that equals $520 to be received within the first month after ratification.

Article 13: Health Benefits
New Plan Start date is now January 1st rather than March 1st.

Article 12: Health Insurance Information
Officers and Stewards will be invited to attend an annual meeting with Management and Insurance Brokers regarding potential changes to insurance coverage.

Article 34: Duration of the Agreement
3 year deal—In years 2 and 3 Bargaining Team will negotiate salary and medical benefits for those years.
Appendix A: Salary Steps as designated in Appendix A are now Salary Ranges, with a starting point, a mid point and a maximum.

Article 17: Paid Time Off
PTO may be used incrementally.

Article 9: Adjustable Staffing
Call off time will be compensated by half time. Additionally Supervisors are incentivized to find work for members before calling them off of work.

Article 5: Management Rights
Cross Utilization: If working out of class Management in agreement to discuss additional compensation per instance.

Article 27: Discipline and Discharge
Coaching is not considered discipline.

Article 16: Holidays
Additional language helps members ensure that they can get holidays off by volunteering to work the prior holiday.

Article 15: Uniforms
Members are to receive their Uniform Allotment by May 21st of each year upon ratification of contract.

Article 4: Union Business and Representation
Union Stewards will be able to meet new hires during new hire orientation and explain what the union is.

Article 7: Hours of Work, Overtime, and Work Schedules
Before assigning mandatory overtime Supervisors are to first seek volunteers.

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