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November 20, 2015
Make your reallocation request in December
The window to submit a written request for reallocation review is November 16 to December 18, 2015. Reallocation is a process by which a worker requests to have his/her position considered for a change to an existing higher level classification.
To submit a reallocation request, you must complete a Position Classification Questionnaire (PCQ) packet.
- The packets will be available on the County and SEIU 521 websites, November 16 to December 18, 2015.
- You may download the packet directly here:
- You may also get a PCQ packet from Human Resources.
If your request is denied, you’ll have the option to go to arbitration in March. Because what you write in your PCQ can easily affect the success of your request, SEIU 521 will hold two, 2-hour trainings on the reallocation process on the following dates:
|Thursday, December 3||6:00pm||SEIU 521 office||by November 27|
|Wednesday, December 9||6:00pm||SEIU 521 office||by December 4|
RSVP to Receptionist:
Phone: (408) 678-3300
For more information, review the Memorandum of Agreement (Section 20.2 – Allocation Review). We suggest that workers do not submit their request until after they attend one of the two trainings. We also suggest that people try to fill out as much of the Reallocation paperwork and bring their paperwork to the training with their questions.
September 8, 2015
Retroactive pay is coming!
Management has announced that the retroactive pay we are owed back to June 22, 2015 will be included in our October 30, 2015 paychecks.
August 27, 2015
When will we be seeing our new wages?
Now that the new contract has been ratified, we have asked management when we will be getting our differentials, realignments, and the retroactive wage increase we bargained. Here is their response:
- All General Wage Increases, realignments and differentials will appear on our September 4, 2015 paycheck.
- The implementation team is testing new process for more accuracy in paying the retro, and have committed to providing the retro pay date by end of this week.
We thank all of you for your patience, and are very glad that the pay everyone is owed will be coming soon.
August 11, 2015
Tentative Agreement Gains Board’s First Approval
Comprehensive Living Wage Ordinance also extended to County Workers on same day
Today our SEIU 521 Tentative Agreement, which includes a 4.5% wage increase this year, received its first approval by the County Board of Supervisors. Several of our Union Negotiators were present at the board meeting to ensure our Tentative Agreement went through without complication.
The first approval of our Tentative Agreement was further accompanied by another SEIU 521 victory: The County Board approved the extension of the County’s comprehensive living wage ordinance to the County workforce, which will mean County jobs will always be, at minimum, living wage jobs. This overall comprehensive living wage ordinance achievement was a result of a labor-community partnership, intimately involving the participation of SEIU 521.
Per county rules, our Tentative Agreement and Living Wage will require a second approval by the Board, which will take place on August 25, 2015.
At today’s Board meeting, our negotiators were able to verify that our SEIU 521 members will see our general wage increases, wage realignments, and increased OPEB contributions on our September 4, 2015 paycheck. We are presently working with the County to figure out a timeline for when differentials and retroactive compensation will take place; our agreement with the county is retroactive to June 22, 2015.
July 22, 2015
Tentative Agreements Ratified
It’s official. The master tentative agreement and all bargaining units’ tentative agreements have been ratified affecting over 9,000 Santa Clara County workers. The next step is approval by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Today’s re-vote by the Social Services bargaining unit on its tentative agreement resulted in a “YES” vote, allowing the entire tentative agreement to be ratified.
The four-year agreement provides for annual wage increases of 4.5% the first year, and 3% annually the following three years, no increases to pension contributions, no increases to health care contributions, and no changes to health care plans with a re-opener on health care after the second year.
“We believe this was a good agreement that will help us recruit, retain and develop a first-rate workforce that the community deserves,” said John Sokolich, a social worker who was a member of the negotiations team. “There are other key issues that we will continue working with the county to address, such as improving caseload standards for our Social Service workers unit.”
For the Summary of Economic Achievements in the Tentative Agreement: http://521.seiu.org/sccomastertasummary
Social Services Summary of Tentative Agreements:
Master Tentative Agreement Summary of Economic Achievements:
Leadership Council / General Membership Meeting: 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
RSVP at SEIU521.Receptionist@seiu521.org or (408) 678-3300.
- November 19
- December 17
Back Log meetings with county: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month.
Healthcare Reform Member Committee meetings: The Tuesday before the 4th Thursday of the month, 6:00 p.m. SEIU 521 office, 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose
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THE WORKERS’ VOICE
- October 6, 2015 (PDF)
PRESS RELEASE: Team Based Work Applauded by County Congratulations to the Labor Management Workgroup, which appeared before the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on April 21, 2015 to receive a commendation for their work which has made significant improvements across SCVHHS. Read the full press release (PDF)
Santa Clara County Workers Launch Campaign with “Fruits of Our Labor” Off to a “fresh” campaign start, members educated the public about the vast array of vital services available to residents. Bargaining Updates (PDF):
- Strike vote flyer for Wednesday, June 24
- Bargaining Update: June 11, 2015
- Bargaining Update: June 3, 2015
- Bargaining Update: May 29, 2015
- Bargaining Update: May 27, 2015
- Bargaining Update: May 19, 2015
- Bargaining Update – May 12, 2015
Chapter Officers Chapter Chair:
- wRen Bradley, Social Services
Deputy Chapter Chairs:
- Mullissa Willette, Assessor’s Office
- Marvin Gin, VMC
- Francisco Diaz, Office of the Assessor
- Michael Dunleavy, Social Services
- Administrative, Professional, Technical (APT) – Karen Smit, VMC
- Blue Collar – Lupe Sandoval Jr., ROV
- Clerical – David Parker, Probation
- Eligibility Supervisors – Frank Medina, AAC
- Eligibility Workers – (vacant)
- Environmental Health – Peder Eriksson, Jr, EVH
- Probation Counselor Safety – Thaddeus Bangle
- Public Health Nursing – Timothy Hill, Public Health
- Social Services – Hector San Roman, Social Services
- Social Service Supervisors – Carla Torres, South County
Chapter Stewards – Updated November 19, 2015
Chapter Bargaining Team – Updated November 10, 2015
Chapter News Archive
Chapter Election Results – UNOFFICIAL
Unofficial VOTE TALLY – FINAL COUNT (Oct. 10, 2014)
Dec. 2013 SEIU 521 won an important wage increase victory this past August when our SEIU 521 Community First campaign pushed the Santa Clara County to offer a 5% wage increase (over two years) on the same day members were scheduled to vote for a strike date. Community First: Not just a slogan We stood together and put Community First.
We have a contract (Aug. 2013)