CED on your side: SEIU 521 members win $300,000 in unpaid wages

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When a Santa Clara County executive unilaterally changed the job classifications of county workers – and wrongfully lowered their pay scales – members took immediate action and fought back with our union’s Contract Enforcement Department (CED).

Finally, after a long, three-year struggle, the 10 Staff Development Specialists were victorious and were awarded a total $300,000 for being wrongfully underpaid.

Throughout the grievance process, the county was not able to show documentation that SEIU had agreed to the job classification and salary changes.

In the end the workers won two arbitrations with additional interest payments due to the county’s delay during the process, which caused the second arbitration.

“This is going to set a precedent for the county. They need to follow the contract and consult with SEIU when they want to change anything in the contract. My union was really good. It was really hard. It was very difficult. But our union never let us down.”
— Rosa Huerta, Staff Development Specialist, Retired

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One Response to “CED on your side: SEIU 521 members win $300,000 in unpaid wages”

  1. County workers strive to meet public demand for quality services. To be able to maintain quality services for the community; elected Officials need to understand and comprehend that Qualified professionals working for the county have requirements and Professional obligations to update and upgrade their knowledge to keep up with current inventions, innovations and technology. The County need to understand and comprehend that Qualified County Workers are human beings who also need quality health,medical, social, spiritual and financial benefits in order to focus their quality services to the community instead of worrying on their personal needs while at work.Qualified County Workers will be able to maintain quality services to the community If those Elected Officials will take care in maintaining check and balance in their duties and obligations to the community that placed them in their present Public Offices.


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