County of Santa Clara

Breaking News

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.

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.

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:


Social Services Summary of Tentative Agreements:

Master Tentative Agreement Summary of Economic Achievements:

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

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Next meetings:

  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17


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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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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)

SCCOfarmersmarket1Santa 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):

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Chapter Leadership

Chapter Officers Chapter Chair:

  • wRen Bradley, Social Services

Deputy Chapter Chairs:

  • Teresa Perez, Social Services
  • Marvin Gin, VMC


  • Francisco Diaz, Office of the Assessor


  • Michael Dunleavy, Social Services

Vice Chairs:

  • Administrative, Professional, Technical (APT) – Karen Smit, VMC
  • Blue Collar – Lupe Sandoval Jr., ROV
  • Clerical – David Parker, Probation
  • Eligibility Supervisors – Frank Medina, AAC
  • Eligibility Workers – Claudia Eck, DEBS
  • 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 September 29, 2015

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Chapter Bargaining Team 

County of Santa Clara Bargaining Team 2015


Chapter Contract

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

SSA-DEBS Continuing Operations Side-letter (PDF)

Santa Clara County Chapter Bylaws (PDF)

Chapter News Archive

The Worker’s Voice – December 2014 (PDF) Chapter Election Results – UNOFFICIAL Unofficial VOTE TALLY – FINAL COUNT (Oct. 10, 2014) The Workers’ Voice VOL 33, NO 6 – September 2014 (PDF) The Workers’ Voice VOL 33, no. 5 – June 2014 (PDF) The Workers’ Voice Vol. 33 no. 4 – May 2014 (PDF) The Workers’ Voice Vol. 33 no. 3 – March 2014 (PDF) The Workers’ Voice Vol. 33 no. 2 – March 2014 (PDF) The Workers’ Voice Vol. 33 no. 1 – January 2014 (PDF) Exempt Versus Non Exempt Job Classes (PDF) Santa Clara County wage increase comes just in time for the Holidays 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. Read the op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News about how our work continues. (Sept. 23, 2013) We have a contract (Aug. 2013)

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