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October 28, 2016

Reclassification Window Opening in November

Interested in applying for a reclassification?

November 28 through December 30, 2016 is the open window when an SEIU Local 521 (former SEIU Local 715 contract only) member may request a reclassification.  We were able to win improvements to our contract language that requires the County to complete reclassifications within one year from the date of the request.

Download the reclassification instructions and forms (PDF)

Great Win for all Social Worker Series I, II and III

All our hard work has paid off. As you know, our union has been meeting with the Board of Supervisors regarding the recruitment and retention issues for all Social Workers in Santa Clara County.
The county has agreed to expand the education requirement to allow a greater recruitment pool for Social Workers in Santa Clara County. This will bring some much needed relief for all our Social Workers. Our union also negotiated a $1.43 million dollar increase to be shared among all Social Workers I, II and III.
Union stewards’ involvement and member participation have contributed to this huge victory for all Social Workers. #‎UniteFightWin‬ Together


Chapter Meetings & Events

Leadership Council / General Membership Meeting: 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

RSVP at or (408) 678-3300.

2016 meetings (*includes Leadership Council meeting prior to General Membership):

  • May 19*
  • June 16
  • July 21*
  • August 18
  • September 15*
  • October 20
  • November 17*
  • December 15

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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Vol. 35, Issue 1: November 2016 (PDF)

In this issue:

  • Reclassification Window Opening in November
    November 28 through December 30, 2016 is the open window when an SEIU Local 521 (former SEIU Local 715 contract only) member may request a reclassification.
  • Reclassification Training
    Sign up to attend training for assistance preparing your reclass presentation:
  • Clerical leaders fight for promotional opportunities for members
  • 2016 Election Guide
  • SEIU 521 Union Bulletin Boards

Chapter News Archive


Chapter Leadership

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

Vice Chairs:

  • Administrative, Professional, Technical (APT) – Karen Smit, VMC
  • Blue Collar – (vacant)
  • 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 July 15, 2016

Alpha by Name (PDF) | Alpha by Dept (PDF)


Chapter Bargaining Team – Updated November 10, 2015

County of Santa Clara Bargaining Team 2015



Chapter Contract

Santa Clara County Chapter Contract 2015-2019 (PDF)

Santa Clara County Chapter Contract-2013-2015 (PDF)

SSA-DEBS Continuing Operations Side-letter (PDF)

Santa Clara County Chapter Bylaws (PDF)


Chapter News Archive

October 6, 2015 (PDF)

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.

SEIU 521 Negotiators attend board hearing to see the Tentative Agreement through.

SEIU 521 Negotiators attend board hearing to see the Tentative Agreement through.

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.

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