Monterey County Bargaining Updates

Check back often for the latest proposals and news from the bargaining table. UniteFightWin-Together-Logo-580 Compressed

Click here for a list of all proposals presented at the bargaining table.

Meet your Bargaining Team:
Your Bargaining Team (PDF)

Our Bargaining Principles:
Bargaining Principles (PDF)

Stay Informed!
Sign up for text and email alerts:  521.seiu.org/521MoCo
Call the Bargaining Hotline:  (831) 758-0000
“Like” us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SEIU521Region2

Contract Action Team
Sign up to get latest bargaining updates and keep your worksite informed.  Return your form to your steward, negotiating team member, worksite organizer, or fax to (831) 757-1863: 2016 Monterey County CAT Form (PDF)

Purple Tues and Thurs
Wear purple and/or your SEIU Local 521 gear every Tuesday and Thursday to support your bargaining team and to show the county we are UNITED to FIGHT for a fair contract and WIN for our Monterey County Community.


Tentative Agreement Passed!

Monterey County, the votes are in: On August 1st, 85% of you voted in favor of the master contract language in the tentative agreement.

Individual units also voted in favor of the contract language specific to their unit:
Unit J: 85% – Yes
Unit K: 87% – Yes
Unit H: 83% – Yes
Unit F: 75% – Yes
Temps: 71% – Yes

Together, we stood UNITED to FIGHT and WIN a fair contract! This agreement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of your bargaining team and all of our members who rallied, spoke at the board of supervisors, petitioned and showed visible support for their union and for a strong contract.  This contract prioritizes frontline workers and ensures that Monterey County workers are recognized for the valuable services you provide.

The contract has already been ratified by the Board of Supervisors and is effective immediately. Members can expect to see the first salary increase reflected in their paycheck on August 26.  While we will continue to work hard to push the county to improve working conditions, this three-year contract is a good start in the right direction.

Congratulations for standing strong together. United we fought and won.  

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We’ve Reached a Tentative Agreement!

Monterey County, our unprecedented show of strength & unity in the past few weeks have paid off! At around 10:30 p.m. on July 25,  your bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with the County, achieving everything that members prioritized in our bargaining principles.

Full Tentative Agreement:  Full Tentative Agreement – All Articles (PDF)*
*Large file – may take some time to load

Vote Schedule

Print and distribute vote schedule:  Monterey County – Contract Ratification Vote Schedule (PDF)

Wednesday, July 27
SEIU Local 521 Office, 334 Monterey Street, Salinas
Large Conference Room, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 28
Seaside CWES, 1760 Fremont Street, Seaside
Conference Room, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

King City DSS,  116 Broadway Avenue, King City
Vendome Room, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Marina Behavioral Health,  299 12th Street Suite A, Marina
Room 107, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Natividad Medical Center,  1441 Constitution Blvd, Salinas
Cafeteria, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 29
Natividad Medical Center,  1441 Constitution Blvd, Salinas
Cafeteria, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Government Center, 168 W. Alisal Street, Salinas
Lobby, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, August 1
Quad,  1000 S. Main Street, Salinas
Room 302, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Salinas OET,  730 La Guardia Street, Salinas
OET Conference Room, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Health Department,  1270 Natividad Road, Salinas
Whitney Room, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Laurel Yard,  855 E. Laurel Drive, Salinas
Training Room Bldg C, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sheriffs Department,  1414 Natividad Rd, Salinas
Lobby, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

SEIU Local 521 Office, 334 Monterey Street, Salinas
Large Conference Room, 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Vote Count Starts at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, August 1

Only full SEIU Local 521 members are eligible to vote.  Membership applications will be available at each voting location.

All members must be present to vote. Proxy voting is not allowed.

Members who work greater than 50 miles from the SEIU Local 521 office will receive mail ballots.  If you work greater than 50 miles from the SEIU Local 521 office and do not receive a mail ballot by Friday, July 29 please give us a call at (831) 784-2560 (please leave a message).


 

Contract Update: July 18 Bargaining Session

The Fight Continues: On Monday, July 18, our SEIU 521 bargaining team met with county management in an effort to reach a contract agreement. We presented a package proposal that would re-invest in frontline county workers and stop the excessive preferential treatment for wealthy executives.

Our hospital bargaining team members, representing Natividad Medical Center and our Chapter Officers are meeting with the county today, to discuss outstanding issues that impact NMC workers’ ability to provide quality care.

The bargaining team goes back to the table early on Wednesday morning – remember to Purple UP at your worksites! Monterey County has made it clear that they value management’s lives and health over frontline employees. We disagree.

We will NOT gamble on our healthcare, while Monterey County management continues to use more than $1.4 million in county funds to cover their own luxury health insurance!

United we stand, divided we fall! We’re coming to the close of our negotiations- now, more than ever, we need to stand strong to show the County that we’re serious! Attend worksite meetings to get the latest bargaining updates and voice your questions and concerns. RSVP here: www.facebook.com/seiu521Region2/events

Print & distribute latest contract flyer:  Monterey County – Contract Events – July 2016 (PDF)

Upcoming Contract Events

Strike Line Training

All Strike Captains should attend the Strike Line Training to receive instructions, logistics, strategy details and supplies.

When:   Saturday, July 23 from 10:00 a.m. to noon
Where:  SEIU Local 521 Office, 334 Monterey Street in Salinas

RSVP at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org

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LAST Board of Supervisors Meeting

The Board will be meeting for the last time before their summer break on Tuesday, July 26.   We need ALL members to attend this meeting, to make our collective voice heard!

When:  Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. to noon
Where:  Government Center, 168 W. Alisal Street in Salinas

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General Assembly Meeting – Agreement Review or Strike Vote?!

When:   Tuesday, July 26 from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Armory Hall, 100 Howard Street in Salinas

RSVP your attendance today:  salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org


County Values Executive Families Over SEIU Working Families!

This past Tuesday, bargaining team member Araceli Flores presented to the Board of Supervisors. Araceli pointed out some sobering facts about what management receives for their healthcare:

Healthcare Table
“As you can see from this chart (go here to view the chart if you cannot see image above: http://521.seiu.org/moco/HealthcareTable), the county’s monthly contributions to management’s healthcare premiums are up to 46% greater than for SEIU members. The County healthcare contributions for management exceed the total monthly premium cost for 2 of the 3 tiers of PERS Choice, the most popular healthcare plan. Unlike SEIU members, managers and executives can pad their incomes by cashing out this overage. As a result of this policy, we estimate that management employees can each take home as much as $4400 in extra income from their county healthcare benefits in calendar year 2016.

Based on the current healthcare enrollment figures, the county stands to pay out nearly $900 thousand dollars in excess of the premium amount for management employees on PERS choice. If management employees received the same healthcare benefits as SEIU members, the county could have saved approximately $1.4 million in 2016. This is roughly the same amount the county has proposed to cut from our benefits next year.”

The battle over healthcare continues at the bargaining table.

To emphasize: the $1.4 million dollars that the county is giving to management execs for their healthcare is roughly the same amount that the county has proposed to cut from our benefits next year.

It was with this in mind that the bargaining team proposed on Tuesday a 3 year contract that would result in no healthcare changes in years 1 and 2, and an increase of $20 for healthcare in year 3, ONLY on the condition that county execs would have to pay the same rates as our members. If this does not happen, then there would be no change to our members’ healthcare.

Our actions are having an impact: over 250 employees rallied outside the government center on Monday. On Wednesday, the county gave their latest proposal, which includes 7% in salary increases over 3 years, with no changes to healthcare for years 1 and 2. BUT, they are also proposing that if healthcare rates were to experience a 6% increase, our contract would be reopened for negotiation over what county employees would contribute. The county’s team also made clear that they would not agree to any proposals to rein in management excess from their healthcare rates.

To accept this proposal is too risky – Why should we be expected to gamble on our healthcare, while Monterey County management continues to use more than $1.4 million in county funds to cover their own luxury health insurance? It’s time to rein in these costly payouts and perks, and instead fix the unaffordable healthcare crisis that impacts all Monterey County residents.

Monterey County has made it clear that they view management’s lives and health as being much more valuable than its frontline employees. We disagree.

We’ve made tremendous progress, but this is not over. We can’t rest until we have reached an agreement that best serves county workers and our community. We will return to the table on July 18 and 20: To hold management accountable, we need to prepare for a potential strike.

These contract proposals pose a significant risk to SEIU members’ healthcare, and the language can be confusing.

SHOW THE COUNTY WE ARE UNITED – DON’T BACK DOWN NOW!

We will be hosting worksite meetings next week to explain these proposals in person and to field your questions and concerns. By the following week, we will either be discussing a Tentative Agreement, or taking a Strike Authorization vote – it is crucial that you attend one of these meetings:

Monday, July 18
• Noon – Soledad Behavioral Health worksite
• Noon – Seaside Social Services worksite

Tuesday, July 19
• Noon – King City Social Services worksite

Wednesday, July 20
• 7:00 a.m. – Laurel Yard worksite in Salinas
• Noon – La Guardia worksite

Thursday, July 21
• 7:00 a.m. – Agriculture Department worksite in Salinas
• 5:30 p.m. – Government Center member meeting at the SEIU 521 Union Hall

Friday, July 22
• 3:00 p.m. – NMC Tabling in front of NMC

Monday, July 25
• Noon – Quad worksite

Tuesday, July 26
• Noon – 1270 Natividad (Health & Behavioral Health) worksite

Thursday, July 28
• Noon – OET & Child Support worksite

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Calling All Strike Captains

All strike Captains should plan on attending the Strike Line Training, where you will receive instructions for strike lines, including strategy and supplies, as well as all logistical details.

When: Saturday, July 23 from 10:00 a.m. to noon
Where: SEIU Local 521 Office, 334 Monterey Street in Salinas

RSVP at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org by Friday, July 22 to confirm your attendance and ensure your worksite is READY to STRIKE!

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LAST Board of Supervisors Meeting – BE THERE!!

The Board will be meeting for the last time before their summer break on Tuesday, July 26. This is our last chance to show them that we are UNITED. We need YOU to attend this meeting, to make our collective voice heard. Let’s show the Board that Monterey County workers demand a contract NOW! We will no longer balance the budget on our backs while management enjoys lucrative perks!

When: Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. to noon
Where: Government Center, 168 W. Alisal Street in Salinas

Requests for time-off now and be at the Board Chambers – show up to stand in solidarity with all SEIU 521 members!

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General Assembly Meeting – Agreement Review or Strike Vote?!

We will either review a Tentative Agreement or hold a Membership Strike Vote. The Board is on summer break until August 23, and we will not work without a contract beyond this month. ARE YOU IN??

When: Tuesday, July 26 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: TBD – Location to be announced next week

RSVP your attendance today: salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org


Update:  Our Actions are Having an Impact

MoCo General Assembly
One week ago our contract with Monterey County expired; on Wednesday, July 6, we went back to the bargaining table. The turnout of over 400 members at last week’s General Assembly meeting had a visible impact on negotiations. THE COUNTY IS SPOOKED and very worried about a potential strike.

During Wednesday’s negotiations, the county’s team requested that we meet in a confidential sidebar negotiation, in an effort to reach an agreement and avoid a potential strike. Discussion surrounding wages and healthcare was much improved, BUT the county could not commit to anything without authorization from the Board of Supervisors. They will address the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 12 – and so will we. SEIU members will give speeches at the Board meeting, in a crucial attempt to convince the board to re-invest in our community and workforce. Show the County and the Board that we are united, standing strong to put our community first: Purple Up on Tuesday July 12!

Now, more than ever, we need to keep the pressure going. Our actions are having an impact, but we need to put further pressure on the county prior to the Board’s Tuesday meeting to ensure that the Board will authorize the county’s team to do what’s right. We need to show the CAO and the Board that we are UNITED and determined to FIGHT to preserve vital services and hold executives accountable for their cash outs and perks. We will not bear the budget on our backs any longer!

Join us for a RALLY at the Government Center

When:  Monday, July 11 at 5:15 p.m.
Where:  Government Center, 168 W. Alisal Street in Salinas

This could be our last chance to convince the County to re-invest in our workforce and our community and reign in costly management perks!

Click here to tell us that you will be joining us on Monday!

Complete a Strike Card ASAP

If you have not already done so, please complete a strike card and return to a union representative – a steward, CAT, chapter board member, or someone from the bargaining team.  You can also drop them off at the SEIU union office on Monterey Street – there is a drop box just outside the front door if it is after hours.

We need to have these collected by Friday so staff can get the count totaled before our next upcoming negotiation session scheduled for Wednesday, July 13.

View our FAQ sheet here: Monterey County – Strike FAQ (PDF).

Click here for a list of all proposals presented at the bargaining table.


Our Contract Expires Today!

For too long, Monterey County workers have struggled to make ends meet with rising housing costs. We will not carry the budget on our backs with increased demand for services and less staff!

Yesterday, our bargaining team met with the County in yet another attempt to negotiate a fair contract – our contract expires in just a few hours and unfortunately, the County won’t budge. We are continuing to negotiate, hoping the CAO works with us to address the healthcare crisis and rein in executive cash outs that have cost the County over $8 million in the past 4 years.

Our next bargaining session will be on Wednesday, July 6 so Purple Up!

WE WILL STRIKE IF WE HAVE TO.  ARE YOU READY?

MoCo Ready to Strike

Last night over 400 members came out to our General Assembly, where we discussed contract updates and began assessing for a strike. Striking is our last resort if the County doesn’t budge within the next week and a half.

If you missed the meeting or have not filled out a strike commit card, contact your steward, the CAT leaders at your worksite, or stop by your Union office to pick up your card and commit to the fight.

Monterey County – Strike FAQ (PDF)
Strike Hardship Funds Guidelines – Monterey County (PDF)

The time to UNITE, FIGHT, WIN is now – are you in?

Have you signed the petition to tell the Board NO to healthcare concessions?

In the meantime, stay tuned – “like” our SEIU Region 2 Facebook page to stay up-to date on contract news, and view photos from the last 3 rallies and General Assembly meeting.

**Are you a Union Member? Only members will be able to vote on whether or not we strike. Join to become a full member now!


Update:  June 28 Bargaining Session

We held another day of meeting with management’s representatives on Monday, July 27.

 

The upcoming full day session scheduled for Wednesday, June 29 may determine the recommendation about how we move forward with the contract expiring June 30.  The Board of Supervisors thinks this is just routine – to continue talks beyond the expiration date by keeping employees in a state of uncertainty.  The same employees who rely on their paycheck to support their families.  Our values are about fairness, accountability, and community service; hence we don’t believe those values should have an end date.

After the bargaining session on June 29, we are holding a critical meeting that evening; your bargaining team is calling on all county employees to attend.

If the county has not reached an agreement with us by then, we will be preparing strike assessments.  Every employee who is invested in their contract and the decision on whether or not we will go on strike MUST PLAN TO ATTEND this meeting.

When:  Wednesday, June 29 at 5:45 p.m.
Where:  Salinas Armory Hall, 100 Howard Street in Salinas

Please RSVP for dinner with your name and phone number at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org.


Update: June 22 Bargaining Session

After members’ successful show-of-force before the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on June 21, the county moved only a little bit and today countered our proposal with a 2% raise in the 3rd year.

The bottom line remains that healthcare concessions from workers will deepen the county’s recruitment and retention crisis and harm employees already struggling.

Tell the Board “NO!” to healthcare concessions.

Next week, our contract expires. And WE, SEIU 521 members, are the only ones that can impress upon the Board that our fight about fairness and accountability.

Monterey County’s Board of Supervisors voted on June 21 to adopt a $1.36 billion dollar budget for the FY 16/17. Lobbying and actions by SEIU members during the budget process resulted in significant wins, including:

  • Reinstatement of SEIU positions in Parks and RMA that were slated for layoffs
  • An alternative financing plan for the ERP upgrade that will save General Fund departments $4 million next year
  • A Board commitment to investigate the vacation cash-out program. Over the last 4 years, management vacation cash-outs have cost the County $7.6 million.

Despite these victories, we must continue fighting to ensure that the Board of Supervisors invests in our workforce.

The county has proposed healthcare concessions at the bargaining table that will deepen its recruitment and retention crisis and harm employees already struggling to afford cost of living.

We are currently negotiating with the county and this afternoon the county countered our Monday proposal by giving us the same proposal except for now a 2% raise in the 3rd year.

 

Next week, our contract expires. And YOU, SEIU 521 members, are the only ones that can impress upon the Board as to why our fight is one of fairness and accountability.

Tell the Board of Supervisors how their proposal for concessions hurts you & your family!

Are you ready to send a message to the county?  Join us at the following events:

Worksite Rallies

Rally at the Quad
When:  Tuesday, June 28 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  Quad Courtyard, 1000 S. Main Street in Salinas

Rally at La Guardia
When:  Tuesday, June 28 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  In front OET Building, 730 La Guardia Street in Salinas

Rally at NMC
When:  Wednesday, June 29 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  In front of 400 Building at NMC, 1441 Constitution in Salinas

*Please note:  Lunch will not be provided at these 1/2 hour rallies, please bring your lunch.

Countywide General Assembly on June 29

This is a critical meeting that we are calling on all county employees to attend.  Our final bargaining session will be prior to this meeting and your MOU will expire the following day, June 30.  If the county has not reached an agreement with us at this point, we will be preparing strike assessments at this meeting.  Every employee who is invested in their contract and the decision on whether or not we will go on strike must plan to attend this meeting.

When:  Wednesday, June 29 at 5:45 p.m.
Where:  Salinas Armory Hall, 100 Howard Street in Salinas

Please RSVP for dinner with your name and phone number at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org.


Update:  June 20 Bargaining Session

On Monday, June 20, your bargaining team met with Department of Social Services Director Elliott Robinson to discuss our proposals and understand why the county rejected all of them instead of talking about what issues they had with them.  The information from DSS Director was informative and we will be discussing this as a bargaining team to help us counter.

The bargaining team also heard loud and clear how members feel about the county’s proposal last week and what they are willing to do.  Based on this, our bargaining team countered with a Package Proposal of 1 year term that would preserve our healthcare costs for 2016 and 2017 while providing workers with an increase.

We will return to the table with county management on Wednesday, June 22.

Have you completed our survey about the county’s last proposal? 

Click here to make your voice heard:  http://www.seiu521.org/mococontractsurvey/

 


Update:  June 15 Bargaining Session

The County’s Proposal on Raises, Healthcare and ECO Days

On Wednesday, June 15 the county completely REJECTED 25 out of 29 of our proposals, refusing to discuss or negotiate them further and reached agreement only on 3 non-economic articles that remain unchanged from our contract.

 

In addition, the county has reversed its position on SEIU’s representation of temporary employees, choosing to disregard their rights and ability to make gains to make an affordable wage.  This is clearly bad faith bargaining and misleading from the county which will now force us to file yet another Unfair Labor Practice charge.

Most significantly, the county has proposed the following:

  • No winter recess days (“ECO Days”) after 2016, and no wage equivalent offered to cover the loss of them.
  • Salary Increases:
    • Year 1: no salary increase
    • Year 2: 1% salary increase
    • Year 3: 1% salary increase
  • Health Insurance:

Starting 2017, the county would freeze its contributions, and employee health care contributions would increase to the following monthly rates, with employees responsible for any future increases:

MoCo Contribution Table

… ARE YOU ANGRY YET?

Clearly the CAO Lew Bauman still looks to balance the county’s budget on the back of workers, even though we are NOT in recessionary times.

Meanwhile, management executives making 6 figures can continue to cash out over 100 hours of time to the tune of millions that the county must pay out – but SEIU 521 members have to pay for their perks.

SEIU 521 members are also paying the Auditor-Controllers bungled ERP system that will continue to need millions to make it work and now going at the cost of over $30 million.  WHEN WILL THE ACCOUNTABILITY BEGIN AND INVESTMENT IN WORKERS AND OUR COMMUNITY BE PRIORITIZED?

IF YOU’RE NOT MAD, YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.

We need your input – what do you think of the county’s proposal?  Take this quick survey by June 24 and help our bargaining team understand what matters most to you and what you’re willing to fight for before the contract expires: http://www.seiu521.org/mococontractsurvey/

THE TIME IS NOW… to UNITE, FIGHT, AND WIN for Monterey County employees and our community!!

Are you ready to send a message to the county?  Join us at the following events:

Board of Supervisors on June 21

The Board of Supervisors will be approving the county budget, and we want to fill the Board Room with county employees, their families, and supporters to show the County Supervisors how much widespread support there is for investing in county employees and the communities we serve.

When:  Tuesday, June 21 – Arrive at 10:00 a.m., seated inside by 10:30 a.m.
Where: Government Center, 168 W. Alisal Street in Salinas (meet in front)

Worksite Rallies on June 28 and June 29

Rally at the Quad
When:  Tuesday, June 28 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  Quad Courtyard, 1000 S. Main Street in Salinas

Rally at La Guardia
When:  Tuesday, June 28 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  In front OET Building, 730 La Guardia Street in Salinas

Rally at NMC
When:  Wednesday, June 29 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  In front of 400 Building at NMC, 1441 Constitution in Salinas

*Please note:  Lunch will not be provided at these 1/2 hour rallies, please bring your lunch.

Countywide General Assembly on June 29

This is a critical meeting that we are calling on all county employees to attend.  Our final bargaining session will be prior to this meeting and your MOU will expire the following day, June 30.  If the county has not reached an agreement with us at this point, we will be preparing strike assessments at this meeting.  Every employee who is invested in their contract and the decision on whether or not we will go on strike must plan to attend this meeting.

When:  Wednesday, June 29 at 5:45 p.m.
Where:  Salinas Armory Hall, 100 Howard Street in Salinas

Please RSVP for dinner with your name and phone number at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org.

Don’t have anyone at your worksite to get you the latest information on bargaining?  Become a CAT and get the latest details and keep your worksite informed.  Compete the form and return to your steward, negotiating team member, worksite organizer, or fax to (831) 757-1863: 2016 Monterey County CAT Form (PDF)

Not a member? Sign up now to build more strength in your unit and get involved in your Union – only you can make a difference for working families in our county:  Sign up here


Take Action!  Contract Action Events in June

The last days of our contract are approaching.  Join us for the following actions to put pressure on the county to agree to a strong contract that benefits our community and the workers who keep this county running.

Print and distribute the flyer:  Monterey County – Contract Action Events in June (PDF)

Mobilize for the Board of Supervisors

The county Board of Supervisors will be approving the county budget, and we want to fill the room with county employees, their families, and supporters to show the county Supervisors how much widespread support there is for investing in county employees and the communities we serve.  Bring your friends, families, and supporters.

When:  Tuesday, June 21 – Arrive at 10:00 a.m., seated inside by 10:30 a.m.
Where: Government Center, 168 W. Alisal Street in Salinas (meet in front)

Worksite Rallies

Our MOU expires on June 30.  Are you ready to send a message to the county?  Join us at the following rallies:

Rally at the Quad
When:  Tuesday, June 28 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  Quad Courtyard, 1000 S. Main Street in Salinas

Rally at La Guardia
When:  Tuesday, June 28 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  In front OET Building, 730 La Guardia Street in Salinas

Rally at NMC
When:  Wednesday, June 29 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  In front of 400 Building at NMC, 1441 Constitution in Salinas

*Please note:  Lunch will not be provided at these 1/2 hour rallies, please bring your lunch.

Countywide General Assembly

This is a critical meeting that we are calling on all county employees to attend.  Our final bargaining session will be prior to this meeting and your MOU will expire the following day, June 30.  If the county has not reached an agreement with us at this point, we will be preparing strike assessments at this meeting.  Every employee who is invested in their contract and the decision on whether or not we will go on strike must plan to attend this meeting.

When:  Wednesday, June 29 at 5:45 p.m.
Where:  Salinas Armory Hall, 100 Howard Street in Salinas

Please RSVP for dinner with your name and phone number at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org.


Update:  June 8 Bargaining Session

On Wednesday, June 8, our negotiating team met with Monterey County representatives.  It has been three weeks since our last bargaining session and once again the county had no proposals to offer.  We provided 11 counters to the county’s last proposal:

 

It remains clear that the CAO’s office and Board of Supervisors have given limited authorization to the management team, thus further stalling our negotiations. We are now 20 days from expiration of our contract.

The discussion from the county at the negotiation session was primarily on health care premiums and member contributions, with the county asking that employees share a portion of costs which has been historically covered by the employer.

This could adversely impact our members who may seek to leave for other employment, and make recruiting for new hires more difficult in some areas that are already hard to fill.  We all know that workloads are already heavy throughout the county work sites.

WHAT’S NEXT?

On June 21 the Board of Supervisors will adopt the budget and it is our responsibility to ensure that the Board prioritizes spending and not play into the CAO’s crisis budget tactic. Request your time off and attend the Board meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Government Center and stand in solidarity with other members to ask the Board to make the right decisions for our community and workforce.

General Assembly Meeting

When:  Wednesday, June 29 at 5:45 p.m.
Where:  Salinas PAL Armory Hall, 100 Howard Street in Salinas

Join us at the next General Assembly meeting the day before our contract expires – WHAT ARE YOU READY TO DO?

RSVP at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org


Countywide General Assembly

When:   Wednesday, June 8 at 5:45 p.m.
Where:  SEIU Local 521 Office 334 Monterey Street in Salinas

(The meeting location has been moved from the Salinas Armory Hall to the SEIU Local 521 Office)

Our MOU nears its expiration at the end of June and your elected Bargaining Team is calling for an urgent General Assembly of members to help plan our next steps.
The county has yet to respond to a vast majority of the bargaining proposals we’ve presented — none of our economic proposals — and they have proposed even more takeaways such as concessions on overtime. We will be assembling to discuss critical topics such as:
– The latest updates on our bargaining and what’s at stake;
– The state of the county’s budget, and;

– What steps we must take as a union to demand that the county invest in our workforce NOW.

RSVP at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org.  Please make sure to include your name and phone number.


Update:  May 18 Bargaining Session

On Wednesday, May 18 your negotiating team met with Monterey County representatives including Budget Director Paul Lewis, now that the recommended budget for the next fiscal year is out.  Our last meeting with the County was on May 9 where we met for an hour to discuss 911 related proposals only.    It is clear that the Monterey County department heads are not doing their part to  timely respond to the county’s bargaining team with information and costing needed so that we can receive counters from the county team. This lack of accountability from some department heads is now stalling our ability to negotiate and exchange proposals and begin detailed conversations that can lead to an agreement. Following two weeks of delays, we received a few new counter-proposals; none related to economics.

We are 6 weeks from our contract expiring and the county is now talking about how employees can increase their Health Care contribution in order to also have money for increases, including employee cost sharing of the employers share of PERS.   There was agreement that new positions had been added during the past year yet workloads are still heavy throughout the county.

We must show the strength of our membership.  If you attended the last General Assembly meeting at Hartnell, please come to the next one planned for the evening of Wednesday June 8.  If you couldn’t make the one in May, please attend this meeting to learn more about the plan and what steps we are taking to make sure we begin bargaining in earnest with the county and prepare for the county’s economic counters, including wages and term, which has yet to be discussed.

General Assembly #2
When:  Wednesday, June 8 starting at 5:45 p.m.
Where:  SEIU Local 521 Office, 334 Monterey Street in Salinas

This meeting is for all employees covered under the MOUs for bargaining units F, H, J & K and temporary employees.

Please support your bargaining team as we buckle down for a fight to protect jobs, wages, and community services.  We must stand together to win a strong contract, and now is the time to UniteFightWin!

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, one week after the Board of Supervisor Budget Hearings on June 1.

Check back here for updates, or call the Bargaining Hotline at (831) 784-0000.


Photos and Videos from the Week of Action

Last week, over 500 county employees rallied and marched throughout the county as part of our week of action for a strong contract.

Click below for photos and videos

The Quad on Tuesday, May 10
The Quad Photos  |  The Quad Video

La Guardia on Wednesday, May 11
La Guardia Photos  |  La Guardia Video

NMC on Thursday, May 12
NMC Photos  |  NMC Video


Update:  No Response from County, General Assembly Meeting to be Postponed

As of May 11, Monterey County is not prepared to bargain with our team due to delays in costing proposals for the county to counter.  This interference with the current budget process is creating a stalemate in our negotiations where we are unable to move forward in fruitful negotiations without counters from the county.

As such, we are postponing our General Assembly meeting that was scheduled for next week on May 18.  The new date will be announced shortly.

We hope to have costing and proposals from the county soon, as well as more details on the county budget, which is scheduled to be released on Friday, May 13.

Its time for the county to COUNTER BACK on our remaining 43 proposals that are outstanding. We must keep the pressure on the county to invest in our county workforce during upcoming budget discussions and hearings scheduled for June 1-3.

 

Countywide General Assembly Meeting #2 – Postponed

The Countywide General Assembly Meeting #2, originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 has been postponed.  The new date and location will be announced soon.


 Update:  April 20 Bargaining Session

Your bargaining team continues to prepare contract language as part of negotiations and met again with management’s representatives to exchange proposals:

 

We are far apart on many issues that impact our work and the community we serve.  This is a critical point in contract negotiations as we are 66 days until the expiration of our contract.

Last week the Board of Supervisors approved a temporary hiring freeze which is a result of the conservative proposed 3 year budget with emphasis on deficits.  That will not improve the services we provide to the public.

Your elected bargaining team is calling for an urgent General Assembly meeting of our members so we can lay out what’s on the table and what’s at stake including what YOU need to do.

We will discuss the following items:

– What’s on the table and what’s at stake
– Actions we must take to demand the county invest in our workforce
– Strike preparations and timeline in the event of impasse in our negotiations

Dinner will be provided for those who RSVP before noon on Tuesday, April 26.  Please RSVP with your name and phone number at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org.

Countywide General Assembly Meeting

When:   Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Where:  Hartnell College Building C Student Center – Steinbeck Hall

Print and distribute flyer:  Monterey County – Countywide General Assembly Flyer – 04.27.16 (PDF)

Hartnell College is located at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas.  Go here for a campus map: http://www.hartnell.edu/locations-and-maps

Parking is available on the streets surrounding Hartnell College, or you may park in the Hartnell College parking structure for a $2 fee.

Your bargaining team invites you to come and show our strength as a UNITED WORKFORCE.  Your attendance is essential to winning a strong contract.

Week of Action!
Stand with us! Wear your purple/union gear and rally with us at the following dates and locations:

Rally – The Quad
When:  Tuesday, May 10 from noon to 12:45 p.m.
Where:  Courtyard at 1000 S. Main Street

Rally – La Guardia
When:  Wednesday, May 11 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Where:  In front of 730 La Guardia (CWES/OET Building)

Rally – NMC
When:  Thursday, May 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Where:  In front of 400 Building at NMC

EVERYONE is invited to join us at any of the rallies.  Bring your coworkers. Bring your families.  Print and distribute flyer:  Monterey County – Week of Action Rallies – May 9 to May 13 (PDF)

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by Friday, May 6.  Please RSVP with your name, phone number and which rallies you will be attending to salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org.


From Your Bargaining Team:  Urgent Countywide General Assembly Meeting

Your elected bargaining team is calling for an urgent countywide General Assembly meeting of members as a result of recent events.

We are reaching a critical point in contract negotiations as we near 60 days to expiration of our contract. On April 12, the Board of Supervisors approved a temporary hiring freeze at the recommendation of the Assistant CAO Dwayne Woods. The freeze is a response to the CAO’s conservative financial forecast, which projects deep budget deficits for the next three years.

At this Assembly we will lay out what’s on the table and what YOU need to do to demand that the County invest in our workforce.

We will discuss the following items:

– What’s on the table and what’s at stake
– Actions we must take to demand the county invest in our workforce
– Strike preparations and timeline in the event of impasse in our negotiations

Dinner will be provided for those who RSVP before Monday, April 25.  Please RSVP with your name and phone number at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org.

Countywide General Assembly Meeting

When:   Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Where:  Hartnell College Building C Student Center – Steinbeck Hall

Print and distribute flyer:  Monterey County – Countywide General Assembly Flyer – 04.27.16 (PDF)

Hartnell College is located at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas.  Go here for a campus map: http://www.hartnell.edu/locations-and-maps

Parking is available on the streets surrounding Hartnell College, or you may park in the Hartnell College parking structure for a $2 fee.

Note:  There will be no Chapter Meeting in April (originally scheduled for April 20).


Update:  March 30 Bargaining Session

We held our sixth meeting with management’s representatives on March 30.

Again the union gave four (4) proposals and received back five (5) from the county; one counter included a complete rejection of an entire Article as we had submitted it:

 

Despite that we are making some progress. We got another Tentative Agreement to keep the current language for Polygraph Exams:

The union’s side is now breaking out into smaller groups based on bargaining units and work sites such as 24/7 locations to continue refining contract language. Both sides agreed to hold off meeting until April 18 to ensure all proposals are ready.

Check back here or call the hotline at (831) 758-0000 for updated news after each session.

Worksite Meetings at the Government Center

April 11 kicks off Government Center week, join your bargaining team at the following activities (Government Center located at 168 W. Alisal Street in Salinas):

Ice Cream Social at the SEIU tables outside
Tuesday, April 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m

Coffee at the SEIU tables
Wednesday, April 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Worksite meeting at the Public Works Conference Room (2nd Floor)
Wednesday, April 13 from noon to 2:00 p.m

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP.  Please RSVP with your name and phone number at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org

General Membership Meeting

Mark your calendar and plan on attending the general membership meeting on Wednesday April 27 at 5:30 p.m.  Location will be announced soon.

CSUMB Strike Support

Professors, Coaches, Counselors and Librarians at CSUMB are planning to go on strike April 13-15 and April 18-19 if they do not receive a 5% pay increase by April 13.

Join the bargaining team and Chapter Board leaders as we support CSUMB faculty on April 14. Contact Mark Weirick at mark.weirick@seiu521.org for details.

If the strike proceeds it will be state-wide at all 23 campuses; SEIU & the Central Labor Council will have staff & union leaders in place here at Monterey Bay.


Contract Update: March 23 Bargaining Session

We had our fifth meeting with Monterey County on March 23 and presented the County with  12 new proposals for a total of 30.

In return, management gave us one counter  and a single new proposal – that’s 4 from their side.   However we would like to share the essence of the newest one from the county – they want to reduce break times to 10 minutes county-wide as well as eliminate comp pay to 911 staff when they have to miss their breaks because they are understaffed and overwhelmed while focusing on saving lives – Is this how the county values its workforce?

 

Members should continue to attend worksite meetings as they are announced. Next week, bargaining team members and leaders will be the following locations:

Monday, March 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
NMC Building 400: Coffee Information Table – Bring your coffee cup

Tuesday, March 29 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
King City Behavioral Health:  Coffee Information Table – Bring your coffee cup

Tuesday, March 29 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Marina Behavioral Health Room 107:  Worksite Meeting

Tuesday, March 29 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Soledad Behavioral Health Lunch Room:  Worksite Meeting

Wednesday, March 30 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
NMC Building 400, Windows Conference Room:  Worksite Meeting

We will be holding a general membership meeting in April and details will be announced soon – Make sure to attend and we turn UP the heat to put our Community First. .

Our next bargaining session is on March 30.  Check this site or call the hotline at (831) 758-0000 for updates.

Other important Info –  SEIU invites you to attend the Cesar Chavez march on April 3 which will begin at 10:00 a.m. held at Cesar Chavez Park located at 250 N. Madeira Avenue.  Remember because of Cesar Chavez – and other union leaders  like him – together we can Unite, Fight, & Win


 

Contract Update: March 16 Bargaining Session

We had our fourth meeting with Monterey County and have not yet agreed on Ground Rules.  They still want “confidentiality” and we want transparency.

To date the union has presented 18 proposals, there have been three counters from management and only one tentative agreement which is the definition of the Parties to the contract.

Click below for the proposals and tentative agreement presented at our last session:  (scroll down to the bottom of this page for a complete list)

The next session is set for Wednesday, March 23.

Members Rally for Social Services

Hundreds of members showed up at this past Tuesday at the Quad to rally in support of our brothers and sisters who work at DSS.  Some people also bravely spoke out before the Board mtg about the EW and Social Workers – staffing levels and caseloads. Despite threats of retaliation, we are proud to support those who work to provide these important community services.

Watch videos of the rally here:

521.seiu.org/mocorallyvids31516

See more photos here:

521.seiu.org/mocorallypics31516


Contract Update: March 9 Bargaining Session

We had our third meeting with Monterey County and have not yet agreed on Ground Rules.  They want “confidentiality” during the process; we want transparency – what is there to hide?

To date there have been no responses by management’s reps to our 7 prior proposals, and today we presented 4 proposals:

The County made it clear they will not be ready to meet with us on Monday so the next session is set for Wednesday.  Management’s inability to counter on non-economic proposals appears to be a stall tactic so we must remain united.

Rally on March 15:  Are You In?

When:  Tuesday, March 15 from noon to 12:45 p.m.
Where:  Life Foundation Building Courtyard, 1000 S. Main Street in Salinas

Watch and share this video of our last rally: http://on.fb.me/1L7yhsh

Click here for the photo album: http://on.fb.me/21Ow0Gj

This will follow the Board of Supervisors meeting with emphasis on  staffing levels, caseload, mandatory overtime and more affecting members.  Our plan is to focus on a number of different departments in the County with dates to be announced later.

We need to come together as one unified voice to show support for those providing important community services.  Stay tuned for rallies and meetings at other worksites throughout Monterey County.

Our next bargaining session is on Wednesday, March 16.

Contract Action Team Meeting

When: Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: SEIU Local 521 Office, 334 Monterey Street in Salinas

All CAT’s should attend this important planning meeting. Dinner will be provided to those who RSVP by March 23. RSVP with your name and phone number at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org.

Not a CAT yet? Fill out this form and return to your Worksite Organizer, Steward, or Member Leader:  2016 Monterey County CAT Form (PDF)


Contract Update: March 2 Bargaining Session

Bargaining with Monterey County management is under way. Our first meeting was on January 28, and going forward we will be meeting on certain Mondays and Wednesdays. The next session is on March 9.

At the March 2 bargaining session, the union presented several proposals to the County as we are developing a master contract. They include Negotiation Ground Rules; definition of both Parties; Recognition – which covers values & dignity; Non-discrimination; Union Rights; Labor- Management Mtgs; Health & Safety; Rest & Meal Periods all with new, enhanced, and/or clarified language.

There are several important dates coming up:

Contract Action Team Meeting

When: Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: SEIU Local 521 Office, 334 Monterey Street in Salinas

All CAT’s should attend this important planning meeting. Dinner will be provided to those who RSVP by March 7. RSVP with your name and phone number at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org.

Go here for the flyer:  CAT Team Meeting – 03.08.16 (PDF)

Not a CAT yet? Fill out this form and return to your Worksite Organizer, Steward, or Member Leader:  2016 Monterey County CAT Form (PDF)

Board of Supervisors Meeting

When: Tuesday, March 8
Where: Government Center

At this Board of Supervisors meeting, the County will receive a presentation on the upcoming budget. The agenda should be out later this week giving specific times so we have several leaders from your bargaining team attending. Bargaining Team members will be attending this meeting and speaking during public comment about the budget.

Worksite Meeting and Rallys

There will be a number of upcoming meetings and rallies at various worksites throughout Monterey County. Stay tuned for more information and check your emails and this page often for the latest news.

 

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