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Monterey County Rally

We showed the county we’re ready to #UniteFightWin!

We had a huge turnout at our rally on March 15 and we showed management and the board that we are UNITED, and ready to FIGHT and WIN for for a strong contract that will benefit frontline workers and our community.

Click here for videos, photos and more info.


Are our county jobs for sale?

That’s the direction Mark Mariscal, Monterey County Parks Department Director, seems to be headed and our elected officials – the board of supervisors – aren’t doing anything to stop him.

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Sign the petition to say: “We put our Monterey Community First!”

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Chapters Unite to take Rights to Next Level

Members at Natividad Medical Center (NMC) and Monterey County Social Services are standing together to enforce their contract!

Currently, management believes they are obligated to pay shift differential only for hours worked after 3pm. But in 2013, SEIU members negotiated new shift differential rules for workers at NMC, which we believe requires payment of shift differential for an entire shift, not just part of it. They’re taking this matter to arbitration.  Read more here.


2016 Members-Only Discounts!

Did you know there are Members-Only discounts at Old Town Salinas businesses?  If you are a member, get your discount card to shop at the following businesses:  Click to see the list.


CED Victories


Chapter Meetings & Events

Chapter Meeting
When:  Third Wednesday of each month at 5:45 p.m.
Where:  SEIU Local 521 Office, 334 Monterey Street in Salinas

Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda -March 16, 2016 (PDF)

RSVP at salinas.rsvp@seiu521.org

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.

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.

Print and distribute flyer:  Monterey County – Week of Action Rallies – May 9 to May 13 (PDF)

Monthly Worksite Meetings:

Health Department, 1270 Natividad Road
When: 2nd Tuesday of each month, Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Whitney Rooms A & B

Government Center, 168 W. Alisal Street in Salinas
When: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Pinnacles Room, 1st Floor

The Quad, 1000 S. Main Street, Salinas
When:  2nd Thursday of each month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Suite 110

713 La Guardia Social Services Office
When:  3rd Wednesday of each month from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Break Room

Laurel Yard, 855 E. Laurel Drive
When: 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Building C

King City DSS, 116 Broadway Street, King City
When:  4th Thursday of each month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Vendome Room

Natividad Medical Center, Meetings by Unit
Please contact Miguel Sauceda at (831) 784-2575 to schedule a meeting for your unit.

Steward Workshops
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Chapter News

Chapter Newsletters

Monterey County News, June 2015 (PDF)

Monterey County 2015 Bargaining Survey (PDF)

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More Chapter updates

Chapter News Archive

Chapter Leadership

Monterey County Chapter Board Structure (PDF)

Chapter Officers

President: Julie Filice, Unit J
Vice President: Jess Barreras, Unit J
Secretary: Harry Gamotan, Unit J
Unit J Director, OET: Carlos Martinez
Unit J Director, RMA: Arlene Samrick
Unit J Director, NMC: Enid Donato
Unit J Director, IT:  Juan Plascencia
Unit J Director, Child Support Services:  Dean Carothers
Unit J Director, Sheriffs:  Tammy Young
Unit J Director, Emergency Communications:  Brian Contreras
Unit K Director, Social Services: Vacant
Unit K Director, Eligibility Workers:  Vacant
Unit H Director, NMC: Mike Rossi
Unit H Director, Health Department:  Ana Mendoza
Unit H Director, At Large:  Linda Luna
Unit F Director, NMC:  Pat Butcher
Unit F Director, Vacant
Unit R Director, Elaine Allred

Chapter Stewards

Having a problem at work? Contact your worksite steward first.

Monterey County Stewards List (by worksite and department) (PDF)

Steward Nomination Petition, Policy, and Acknowledgement Form (PDF)


Bargaining Te
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Unit J

Elaine Allred (Social Services)
Daniel Arce (NMC)
Dean Carothers (DCSS)
Brian Contreras (911)
Nick Diaz (NMC)
David Mack (Planning)
Arlene Samrick (Building)
Tammy Young (Sheriffs)
Ana Medrano (NMC)

Unit K

Chris Hernandez (Eligibility Worker)
Luis Saldana Ruiz (Social Worker)
Minerva McNabb (Psychiatric Social Worker)
Araceli Flores (Behavioral Health)

Unit F

Pat Butcher (NMC)
Donald Clark (911)
Sandra Tauriac (Health)

Unit H

Adelina Daniels (NMC)
Linda Luna (NMC)
Ana Mendoza (Health)
Mike Rossi (At Large)
Eileen Mosqueda (Health)

Nomination Forms for Vacancies – March 2016  (PDF)

Elections Committee Sign Up (PDF)

Chapter Contract(s)

Bylaws
Monterey County Bylaws (PDF)

Contracts
Monterey County Contract, Unit J (PDF)
Monterey County Contract, Unit K (PDF)
Monterey County Contract, Unit H (PDF)
Monterey County Contract, Unit F  (PDF)
Monterey County Contract, Unit R (PDF)
Monterey County Contract, Temps (PDF)

Side Letters
Monterey County Side Letter, Shift Differential (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Educational Leave (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Floating Holidays (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Reclass and Transfer (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Involuntary Transfers (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Effects Bargaining (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Eligibility Supervisors (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Emergency Communications (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Premium Holiday (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Behavioral Health Supervisors (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Health Care Technician  (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter Agreement, Alternative Benefit Option (PDF)

Tentative Agreements
Monterey County Tentative Agreement, Contract Extension (PDF)
Monterey County Tentative Agreement Summary Non-NMC, Oct. 2013 (PDF)
Monterey County Tentative Agreement Summary NMC, Oct. 2013 (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Speech Pathologist (PDF)

Chapter News Archive

Auditor-Controller Mike Miller Strikes Again!

K unit members in the Health department are being penalized this week by not getting paid today for a bilingual longevity bonus that has been in our MOU for years. While employees were given the option of getting paid today or Monday as a resolution – it comes with an “up to 48%” tax – because this is a separate cash out.

UNITE! FIGHT! WIN!

Stand in solidarity with your Union brothers and sisters to send a message to the Board of Supervisors that the public and the SEIU 521 members deserve an Auditor Controller that can complete the basic accounting tasks of paying employees on time and correctly. Its time that the County invest in its workforce by hiring more staff in the Auditor Controllers office to be able to provide quality services to our members and the public.

This cannot continue! Email the Board of Supervisors! Read more here.

Bargaining Team Nominations are Now Open
Your bargaining team is responsible for negotiating the Monterey County contract. The elected bargaining team shall serve for the life of the negotiated contract and on meet and confer issues related to the MOU.

The current MOU will expire on June 30, 2016.

The bargaining team nomination period is from Monday, July 6 to Monday, July 20. All nomination forms must be received during this period.

Click here for more information and the Nomination Form:  Monterey County Bargaining Team – Nomination Form (PDF)

Region 2 Steward Commitment 2014
A message to all our stewards in region 2 from Matt Nathanson, Region 2 Vice President: “We are launching our Region 2 Steward Commitment 2014 Process. All stewards in our region are being mailed a copy of the Steward Policy and nomination form. Please read and sign the policy, and complete nomination form if you wish to continue your Steward role.”
Click here to read more.

Chapter Officers Election – Candidate Statements and Vote Schedule (PDF)

Monterey County Notice of Nomination Period (PDF)

Monterey County News, October 2014 (PDF)

New Chapter Board Members and Contract Updates (June 18, 2014)

New Chapter Board
On March 19, Ben Franklin Jr., F Unit member and President of the Monterey County Chapter Board resigned as a result of a promotion into a management position within DSES. As such, the Board has made interim appointments for Officer positions within the Board in accordance with our Bylaws.

Monterey County Behavioral Health: Victory
Abelina CamposOn August 6, 2014 a grave injustice was made right. The bosses had made a huge mistake and unjustly terminated Union Sister Abelina Campos. Without provocation, without grounds, and without just cause. Had Sister Abelina not been an SEIU Local 521 Union member, she would have had little recourse to fight this injustice. The employer provided her with a full apology for her unjust termination. In addition the employer had to reinstate Sister Abelina to her original position and make her whole for lost wages and related benefits.

Monterey County Board of Supervisors puts Community First!
NMC Rally
The proud members of SEIU Local 521 displayed the Power of Unity and what we can accomplish when we Stand Together.  On July 28, an overwhelming number of SEIU Local 521 members, physician leaders, RN’s and community allies stood up to fight a proposal to  pay a San Francisco consulting firm hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars to take over leadership of NMC.

New Monterey County Board Members
After an open nomination period announced last month, the Monterey County Chapter Board now has new Board members for the remaining term of the Board.
Read more

Opening on the Equal Opportunity Advisory Commission
The Monterey County SEIU Local 521 Chapter Board is seeking members who would be interested in serving on the Monterey County Equal Opportunity Advisory Commission as the SEIU Local 521 representative.

NMC wins when we stand together
Natividad Medical Center (NMC) has secured its path to becoming a Level II Trauma Center and SEIU Local 521 NMC members can feel proud! Our hard work and commitment to putting our Community First was publicly acknowledged by members of the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 28.

Payroll Grievance Update: Monterey County Workers Finally Receive Back Pay (PDF)

Important information for all Monterey County employees owed unpaid overtime wages

Monterey County has informed SEIU 521 that payments for miscalculated overtime earnings caused by the Auditor’s faulty payroll system are anticipated to be made on the Dec. 6, 2013 payroll.

Members vote yes to new contract
The hard work of our Bargaining Team has been supported by the union membership, with 63% of voting members ratifying the contract with Monterey County.

Members Approve Tentative Agreement (PDF)

Tentative Agreement Summaries (PDF):

Monterey County residents flock to health fair to get Covered California info
Sen. Monning speaking at NMC health fairCovered California’s first big debut in Monterey County met with an enthusiastic public as hundreds came on Oct. 2 to a free health fair organized by SEIU Local 521 in partnership with the county and Natividad Medical Center.

 

 

NMC wins first county trauma center

Bargaining Update & General Membership Meeting (PDF)

URGENT Bargaining Update, Sept. 20 (PDF)

Bargaining FAQ (PDF)

Monterey County workers rally at Board of Supervisors
Monterey County Chapter RallyTired of management perks and increased workload, Monterey County workers rallied Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Board of Supervisors in Salinas.

Monterey County workers rally for a fair contract
Over a hundred Monterey County workers rallied on July 19 to demand a fair contract.

Moco-Rally-Disparity-06052013Monterey County workers rally against disparity
Hundreds of Monterey County members rallied against the growing disparity between management and frontline workers on June 5.

Monterey County Bargaining Update, July 1 (PDF)

Monterey County Chapter: Bargaining Update, May 29
Management Enjoys Increases, Workers Asked to Cut More…
Don’t miss the Rally for Community Services and Fair Contract on Wednesday, June 5.
Read more »

Monterey County Behavioral Health Workers: Putting patients first
On May 2nd, we had a meeting on the issue of the changing staff’s roles and responsibilities when dealing with our clients.

Past DueMonterey County Payroll Update
County auditor blows deadline for payment of miscalculated overtime wages.  Interest penalty goes up to 20%.  Read more

Movies for the 99% in Salinas
An open to the public film series intended to give a workers and people’s perspective on some of the most important issues of our day.

Monterey County WorkersMonterey County workers win back pay!
After a two-year struggle for justice, an arbitrator finally ruled that Monterey County violated workers’ contracts and ordered the county to repay all SEIU members what they are owed by March 1, 2013.
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NMC bill sails through Assembly, on to Governor
A more secure future for Natividad Medical Center, its community, and its contract are on the horizon, thanks to 521 members helping to move our hospital bill through the state Assembly.
Read more

Monterey County workers: Tell us your cost-saving idea!

Help us protect services and jobs by finding innovative cost-saving ideas for the county to cut waste.

Blue Cross: Do the right thing!

Mega-insurer covers 80 percent of Monterey County and is using its clout to maximize profits at the community’s expense. What can you do? Add your name to the petition to demand that Blue Cross negotiate a fair contract and bring affordable healthcare to county residents, workers and businesses.

Members celebrate Jane Parker’s victory

Precinct walk for Fernando Armenta in Monterey County
Monterey County members supporting Fernando Armenta

Honoring workers: County supervisor spends day working at hospital

Monterey County members vote 91% YES on new bylaws
With a resounding 91% YES vote, we approved a new set of bylaws that unifies all Monterey County units into one stronger chapter.  The next step will be to elect our chapter officers in June.

Monterey County Officers Election News (PDF)
In this issue: Meet the candidates for Monterey County Chapter Office and see the vote schedule for the Chapter Officers election.

Monterey County News, April 2012 (PDF)
In this issue:  Monterey County members vote 91% on new Bylaws and information on signing up for the Monterey County Elections Committee.

Monterey County members ratify new contract language
After months of negotiating, all four of the SEIU-represented bargaining units (F, J, H, and K) overwhelmingly ratified their contracts on Oct. 27, 2011.
Read more »

Governance Change update – Oct. 13, 2011: 521 members are actively engaged in lobby efforts with the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to remain a part of our governance change process; to ensure health services and workers are not negatively impacted; and to ensure workers’ rights and negotiated benefits are protected.
Click here for more information.

Monterey County News, July 2014 (PDF)
Monterey County News, May 2014
 (PDF)
Bargaining Update, July 1 (PDF)
Bargaining Update, May 29 (PDF)
Bargaining Update, May 13
 (PDF)
Bargaining Update, April 26 (PDF)
Bargaining Update, April 17 (PDF)
Bargaining Update, March 20 (PDF)
Monterey County News, March 2013 (PDF)
Monterey County News, October 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County News, August 2012 (PDF)
Region 2 in Action – Volume 3, May 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County News, March 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County News, October 2011 (PDF)
Monterey County News, August 2011 (PDF)
Region 2 in Action – Volume 2, July 2011 (PDF)
Monterey County News, June 2011 (PDF)
Monterey County News, April 2011 (PDF)
Region 2 in Action, April 2011 (PDF)

Agenda of Chapter Meeting
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – August 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – September 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – October 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – November 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – December 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda  – January 2013 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – February 2013 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – March 2013 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – March 2014 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – April 16, 2014 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – May 21, 2014 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – June 18, 2014 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – July 16, 2014 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – August 20, 2014 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – October 15, 2014 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – November 19, 2014 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – December 17, 2014 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – January 21, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – February 18, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – March 18, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – April 15, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – May 20, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – June 17, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – July 27, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – August 19, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – September 16, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda -October 21, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – November 18, 2015 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – January 20, 2016-Updated (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Agenda – February 17, 2016 (PDF)

 

Minutes of Chapter Meeting
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Minutes – July 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Minutes – August 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Special Chapter Meeting Minutes – August 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Minutes – September 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Minutes – October 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Minutes – November 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Minutes – December 2012
 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Revised Minutes – December 2012 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Minutes – January 2013 (PDF)
Monterey County Chapter Meeting Minutes – February 2013 (PDF)

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