Winning At Work

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In August 2017, we reported on a victory for stewards after an arbitrator concluded that Santa Cruz County Acting Personnel Director Ajita Patel violated our contract by denying our stewards’ right to paid release time to represent workers facing discipline. Although our contract gives stewards the right to represent their co-workers without loss of pay, Patel forced Chief Steward Jim Heaney to use vacation accruals to attend an arbitration hearing. So, SEIU filed a grievance. An arbitrator upheld our grievance and ordered back pay, but despite this ruling Patel denied Jim’s right to release time again two days later, forcing SEIU to arbitrate a second grievance.

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