Santa Clara County Chapter Update: May 29, 2015

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County proposes a 1% wage increase with take-aways

Management says SEIU 521 members are “milking it”

After several negotiation meetings, representatives for Santa Clara County still have not presented a real economic proposal and actually told our Negotiating Team that members are “milking Workman’s Compensation.”

Let’s explain to management what causes stress, illnesses and injuries:

  • 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatchers who for a year have worked with 13 full-time positions vacant and will, once again, be facing mandatory overtime. That means 6 days a week and/or 16-hour-days. Instead of worrying about Workman’s Comp, the county ought to be concerned about our ability to safely serve the community while being critically under-staffed!
  • The county has had a difficult time hiring and retaining Social Workers who ensure the most vulnerable in our community (children and the elderly) are safe. Many workers are faced with caseload challenges, hours of overtime on a daily basis, including weekends.

Management says members are “milking it.” We say management is milking its workers.

Management says that our members don’t care about putting the Community First! We say management has created a working environment that puts our community at risk!

It is time to invest in our workforce. Stop blaming workers for the problems in the county. Our community needs these vital services and we need leadership with the vision and the innovation to lead us into the 21st Century.

We hear word that the County is frustrated about our SEIU 521 field activities (i.e., Unity Breaks, see below).

Let’s continue to let the County know that we are willing to do whatever it takes to put Our Community First! Add your name to the petition now and contact Luke Leung at to let him know you are concerned that the County is mismanaging out 9-1-1 Department, endangering workers’ safety and putting our community at risk:

For more contract updates, attend unity breaks!!!

Weekly Unity Breaks

Join us every week for unity breaks to support your Bargaining Team and remind management that we are STRONGER TOGETHER!

10:00-10:15 a.m.: 70 W. Hedding
10:05-10:20 a.m.: Julian Street

9:30-9:45 a.m.: Sunnyvale
10:00-10:15 a.m.: Lenzen Ave.
10:15-10:45 a.m.: 1075 E. Santa Clara St.
10:45-11:00 a.m.: SSA Bascom
12:15-12:45 p.m.: East Valley Clinic

9:30-9:45 a.m.: Berger Drive
10:00-10:15 a.m.: Senter Road
11:30am-1:00 p.m.: VMC Valley Specialty
3:00-3:15 p.m.: VMC AOB
3:30-3:45 p.m.: VMC Rehab

Show your support to your bargaining team!

We’re bargaining with management every week until we settle.
Please join us at these dates and locations from 7:30-8:00 a.m. to remind management that we all stand together for a better contract!

Tuesday, June 2: 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose
Thursday, June 4: 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose
Monday, June 8: 2450 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell
Tuesday, June 9: 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose
Thursday, June 11: 2450 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell
Friday, June 19: 2450 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell

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