City of Santa Cruz

We represent nearly 455 workers at the City of Santa Cruz.

Having a problem at work? Contact your steward first.

To get the latest information on the 2015 contract campaign and bargaining, please call (831)824-9270.

Over the past 2 months, City members have been meeting to prepare for bargaining and the expiration of our contract in July 2015.  For the past 5 years, City workers have endured furloughs, increased costs to healthcare, higher contribution rates for PERS than required by law and increased workload without an increase in staff. All while the community seeks more access to services and travel and tourism in the region continues to rise in our area. City workers have been committed to the residents of this City but City management has not committed to workers and their ability to maintain a quality of life for their families.

Because of the sacrifices City workers have made, the City is on its way to financial recovery with increased and well funded reserves and capital projects that increase the demand from the public. But City workers have made it known that they will no longer continue to build City reserves on their backs.   Now that bargaining teams are elected, we want to hear from you in order to identify our bargaining priorities and how we prioritize them for negotiations. It is important that we hear from all of you about realistic expectations for negotiations, so that we can begin negotiating with City in January.


Join the C.A.T. Team
A key step in winning a strong contract is the ability to demonstrate to the City that  members are willing to fight. We are looking for Members to sign up to take action in support of upcoming contract negotiations by joining Contract Action Teams (CAT’s).

Sign-up Sheet:

Contract Action Team members will be called upon to take part in actions that will help to secure a better contract  – informing coworkers, sending delegates to meet with City Council members, wearing stickers, lobbying legislators, signing petitions, and participating in other worksite activities that lets the City know that we are serious.

Step up to help organize your co-workers as we go into bargaining!

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. Quick Links: Chapter Meetings & Events Chapter News Chapter Leadership: Officers, Stewards, Bargaining Team Chapter Contract(s)

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Chapter Leadership

Chapter Officers President: Doris Henry,, 420-4232 Vice-President: Cathy Escobar,, 420-6109 Chapter Stewards Having a problem at work? Contact your worksite steward first: We apologize, we are currently updating the City of Santa Cruz Chapter Steward List.   Please contact Christopher Cox, SEIU Local 521 Contract Enforcement Specialist if you need assistance finding a Steward. Office: (831) 824-9268 Email: Bargaining Team Doris Henry – President Cathy Escobar - Region 1 Jonna Hubling – Region 2 Xander Joyet – Region 3 Rene Belling – Region 4 Leslie Auerbach - Region 5 Michael Gomes – Region 6 Sasha Lydon – Region 7 Red Rossiter – Region 8

Chapter Contract(s)

City of Santa Cruz MOU – Jul. 6, 2013 to Jul. 3, 2015 (PDF-Searchable) Contract – City of Santa Cruz-Temps MOU – June 26, 2010 – April 8, 2016 (PDF-Searchable)Bylaws – City of Santa Cruz (PDF) City of Santa Cruz 2013 Tentative Agreement Summary (PDF)

Chapter News Archive

521 honors fallen police officers Region 2 in Action – Volume 3, May 2012 (PDF) Santa Cruz City Watchdog, May 2012 (PDF) Santa Cruz City Watchdog, March 2012 (PDF) Santa Cruz City Watchdog, Sept. 2011 (PDF) Region 2 in Action – Volume 2, July 2011 (PDF) Library board OK’s staffing change, without staff input Against the will of library employees and community members, the Santa Cruz library board approved a new staffing plan Oct. 3, 2011 that will replace permanent staff with temporary workers. Oct. 2, 2011 | Opinion by Rene Belling: Library reorganization deserves more discussion Sept. 30, 2011 | Photo album: Making signs for the Santa Cruz Libraries rally Sept. 27, 2011 | In the News: Library board meets ahead of vote on layoffs: Union wants more public input before decision Santa Cruz City Watchdog, Aug. 2011 (PDF) City workers to defend Social Security for temps (Jul. 26, 2011) City of Santa Cruz workers and community groups challenge Santa Cruz City Council to defend Social Security benefits for temporary employees. Santa Cruz City Watchdog, Sept. 2011 (PDF) Region 2 in Action – Volume 2, July 2011 (PDF) Santa Cruz City Watchdog, July 2011 (PDF) Santa Cruz City Watchdog, May 2011 (PDF) Region 2 in Action, April 2011 (PDF) Santa Cruz City Scoop, Feb. 2011 (PDF)

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