Attention Monterey County Workers: Bilingual Pay Update
Long-term Monterey County workers know how slow the Auditor’s Office can be when it comes to processing payments. Such is the case with our recently-negotiated Bilingual Pay increases, which SEIU 521 members have been patiently waiting for since our MOU was ratified.
After initially promising to implement the pay increase by the end of December, the Auditor blew that timeline and would not commit to a date to finish the job. Therefore, SEIU 521 members were left with little choice but to file a countywide group grievance against the Auditor for failing to honor our MOU by correctly paying the Bilingual Pay increases that were negotiated in good faith on behalf of our members.
Two days later, we received a message from Monterey County: “Bilingual pay configuration has been given the highest priority and has been directed by [Auditor Mike Miller] to complete this task by next Friday. What this means is that we are to finish testing and have in paychecks by the first check in February.”
As of last Friday, the Auditor’s Office has confirmed that employees can expect to see the Bilingual Pay increase on their paychecks on February 10. But there’s still no word on how long it will take the Auditor to process the retroactive payments for increases that SEIU 521 members were entitled to after the MOU was ratified. So our grievance is still active, and affected employees are scheduled to meet with County Administration on Monday, February 6 to get more information. Stay tuned.
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We represent nearly 5,000 workers at the County of Monterey.
When: Third Wednesday of each month at 5:45 p.m.
Where: SEIU Local 521 Office, 334 Monterey Street in Salinas
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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
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: 3rd Wednesday, every other month (April, June, August…) 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.
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- Jun. 27, 2016 – Negotiating Impacts to Working Conditions
- Jun. 22, 2016 – Overtime Grievances Victory
- Jan. 5, 2016 – Retaliation against SEIU members is unacceptable!
- Dec. 18, 2015 – Gag Order Removed!
SEIU 521 Steward Cathy Stanley is a local hero in Watsonville. Earlier this month, she came across a car accident and took action that was above-and-beyond the call-of-duty.
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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Tentative Agreement Passed: August 2016
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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Unit J Director, OET: Carlos Martinez
Unit J Director, IT: Juan Plascencia
Unit J Director, Child Support Services: Dean Carothers
Unit K Director, All over Classifications, Gwendolyn Griffin
Unit H Director, Health Department: Vacant
Unit H Director, At Large: Linda Luna
Unit F Director, Health Department: Yvette Carreon
Unit R Director, Vacant
Having a problem at work? Contact your worksite steward first.
Monterey County Stewards List (by worksite and department)
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)
Chris Hernandez (Eligibility Worker)
Luis Saldana Ruiz (Social Worker)
Minerva McNabb (Psychiatric Social Worker)
Araceli Flores (Behavioral Health)
Pat Butcher (NMC)
Donald Clark (911)
Sandra Tauriac (Health)
Adelina Daniels (NMC)
Linda Luna (NMC)
Ana Mendoza (Health)
Mike Rossi (At Large)
Eileen Mosqueda (Health)
Monterey County Bylaws (PDF)
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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)
Monterey County Side Letter, Time Off Buy Back Process (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Physician Assistant (PDF)
Monterey County Side Letter, Education Leave for Bargaining Unit K (PDF)
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)
After members’ successful show-of-force before the Board of Supervisors on Monday, 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.
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.
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.