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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: SEIU 1021 CONVENTION 2015

SEIU 1021 CONVENTION 2015

Oakland Airport Hilton, September 26-27

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For the latest updates, go to: www.1021convention.org

The convention will be a transformative event, where members will gain greater clarity, energy, motivation and direction to step more fully into their power, with grace, vision, courage and knowledge. This is an opportunity for chapter building, engaging and developing potential leaders, hence making it a priority for staff and elected officers.

Q: What are the qualifications to be a delegate?

A: To be eligible, a member would have to had paid dues for any 4 months in 2014 as well as either January or February, 2015.


Q: Can fee payers participate in the nomination and/or delegate election process?

A: Yes, once they sign a membership form, then they can nominate and vote.

 

 Q: How many delegates can each Chapter elect?

A: Every Chapter gets 2 delegates automatically. After 300 members, each chapter will have 2 additional delegates. For every additional 150 members, a chapter will have 2 additional delegates.

 

Q: What is the period of time for completing elections?

A: April 20-July 20, 2015

 

Q: What is an “uncontested ballot”? (Previously referred to as “white ballot”)

A: When there are more or an equal number of delegate slots as candidates, that is referred to as a uncontested ballot and the chapter does not need to hold a full election.

 

Q: How are alternate delegates selected?

A: In case a delegate can’t participate due to scheduling, illness, etc. Chapters should select alternates even if the delegate election for that Chapter is uncontested or the Chapter does not elect the full number of delegates which it is entitled to.

Here are the rules for selecting alternates: All Chapters are encouraged to select at least two (2) alternates. Alternates need to be ranked by votes received (e.g. the highest vote total becomes Alternate #1, second highest voted becomes Alternate #2, etc.)

In Chapters with “uncontested ballots” (where there are more or an equal number of delegate slots as there are candidates, thus making an election unnecessary), Chapters are still encouraged to select up to two (2) alternates and designate these as Alternate #1 & #2.

Convention Delegates, who become ineligible or unable to attend, shall notify the 1021 Convention Election Committee in writing no later than 8/20/15. An Alternate or Alternates will then be credentialed and seated. Delegates who notify the 1021 Convention Election Committee after 8/20/15 will not be replaced by an alternate.

Q: Which chapters may select honorary delegates? How will honorary delegates be selected?

A:Workers who have recently organized with Local 1021, but who have not ratified their first collective bargaining agreement may select honorary delegates.  The process for selecting honorary delegates will be as follows:  two (2) honorary delegates will be elected at upcoming membership meetings.

 

If you are a Delegate:

Q: How will delegates register for the convention?

A:  Once the delegate certification form is turned in, the delegate will be sent a welcome letter by e-mail and mail which gives them directions on how to register.  (That is why it is critical that their contact information is on certification form).

 

Q: Do we pay lost time for delegates attending the Convention?

A: Yes, follow the local’s lost time policy. Anyone working from 12:01am on Saturday through 11:59pm on Sunday will receive lost time.

For example: If a delegate works anytime on Saturday or Sunday they may request lost time. So for instance if a member has a shift that starts 11pm on Friday September 25th but goes to 7am Saturday the 26th they may request the time off for their Friday shift and they would receive lost time per the guidelines specified in the policy.

 

Q: What are the rules around Friday night hotel stays for delegates?

A: Delegateswho travel 75 miles or more (one way) are qualified for Friday night lodging. All Delegates are entitled to Saturday night lodging (there is no required miles to qualify).

 

Q: What are the rules around the hotel stay on Saturday evening?

A: All delegates are encouraged to stay at the hotel regardless of how close they live to the venue. The local will pay the cost for double occupancy. Depending on room availability, they may request a single room but would need to pay the additional costs.

 

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Its Official, Fremont City Workers WIN on Wage Theft Issue

SEIU 1021 WINS for Fremont City Workers

After months of negotiations, legal proceedings and member actions, SEIU 1021 has reached an agreement with City of Fremont administrators over our wage theft issue. On December 12, 2013, effective immediately all bargaining unit members will no longer contribute 5.29% to CalPERS and will receive back pay retroactive to July 1, 2013 — with interest. Fremont employees should receive reimbursement check by Friday, December 20.

We, Fremont City Workers, stepped-up to help the City during rough financial times and agreed to contribute 5.29% to CalPERS until July 2013. City administrators continued to take 5.29% of our wages after the agreement expired.

SEIU 1021 led the charge to bring together 41 individual grievances to tell Fremont administrators to stop taking our wages and pay back all wages the City illegally took.

SEIU 1021 was:

  • The ONLY union to file any grievances against Fremont city administrators to stop taking 5.29% CalPERS contribution from Fremont City Workers since July 2013.
  • FIRST to petition for back pay — with interest — to all Fremont City Employees represented by SEIU 1021.
  • FIRST to provide SEIU 1021 resources to bring members together to action.
  • FIRST to show leadership, expertise and political power to win on this wage theft issue.

Sign an authorization card to keep SEIU 1021 as our majority representative for Fremont city workers! For more information contact SEIU 1021 representative: Terry.Meadows@seiu1021.org , 510-928-0277.

 

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PERB takes city to court in latest win for Fremont city workers

After issuing a complaint against the City of Fremont alleging 13 separate unfair labor practices last week, the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) has granted SEIU Local 1021’s request for an emergency injunction.

Now, PERB will take the City of Fremont to Alameda Superior Court to obtain an injunction from the Court which would obligate the city to cease and desist from refusing to recognize and bargain with Local 1021.

(see SEIU Local 1021 v. City of Fremont, Injunctive Relief Request No. 633, Unfair Practice Charge SF-CE-1028-M)

By granting this request for injunction against the Employer, something that rarely happens, PERB has recognized the gravity of the city of Fremont’s refusal to recognize and bargain with Local 1021, and that there is a likelihood that Local 1021 will prevail in its unfair practice charge case before the administrative law judge.

In addition to the injuction, PERB has alleged the City of Fremont:

  • Refused to bargain in good faith with SEIU Local 1021
  • Interfered with employee rights
  • Denied SEIU Local 1021 its right to represent city employees.

City of Fremont employees have been fighting back by signing petitions demanding that
the City come to the table and negotiate for improvements to your MOU.

Tell the City to STOP the stalling and negotiate in good faith by signing our petition today!

Copies of the petition and PERB documents for review online at: www.seiu1021.org/city-of- fremont.

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SEIU 1021 is the Only Union Fighting for Fremont Employees

Clarification is needed for a recent “vote” to disaffiliate last week, led by non-elected member Craig D. Conwright.

While it is alarming that one of our members not only bypassed the elected Chapter leadership, but also listened to advice from an Employer who seeks to weaken our position at the bargaining table, SEIU 1021 remains our union. Here are the facts about this “vote”:

FACT: It was not sanctioned by your elected Chapter leadership.

FACT: No neutral third party oversaw, or recognizes this election. Legitimate elections are called “Decertifications,” NOT Disaffiliations, and have strict legal requirements, including mutually agreed upon ballots and proper notification of members. This election had none of these.

FACT: Mr. Conwright attempted to file for decertification, but his petition was denied by the City after SEIU 1021 filed labor charges. The City then wrongly suggested that he seek disaffiliation. Why such a tactic a mere three months prior to your contract expiring? Because they want to divide us at the table.

FACT: SEIU Local 1021 is, and remains your Union, and we move forward, focused on negotiating for a better contract for the City of Fremont members.

We have not been distracted by this vote and Management’s attempts to divide us, and neither should you.

We must remain united in our goal for an improved contract. Our families and our livelihoods depend on it. Please review the below documents.

Downloadable_Fremont_Flyer

Fremont Dismisses Decert

SEIU Letter to City_ Invalid Election

HR Byrne Letter Vote Results

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Fremont Workers Gear Up for Contract Fight

 

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Our contract with the City expires in just three short months ­— on June 30.

We have already started to elect our SEIU Local 1021 bargaining team in preparation for these negotiations. Despite management’s confusion and some comments to the contrary, we remain one union — Local 1021.

As we move forward with bargaining, it is crucial that we are united in our fight for a fair contract.

“We must take a stand now and show our strength as workers and dedicated members of our community to win a fair contract,” said Susan Byrne Chapter President.

All across Northern California, Local 1021 and our leadership has renewed its focus on no-concession bargaining, and we have already been able to see better contracts that include wage increases and no economic takeaways.

Our employers’ anti-worker, anti-union bargaining tactics continue at many tables, but we know the playbook. We know how to fight back and win.

Our brothers and sisters in the cities of Hayward and in Oakland just started their bargaining with a demonstration against takeaways.

It is time for Fremont administrators to invest in our community and the infrastructure that drives our local economy and improves our standard of living. That includes frontline city employees — people who fix roads, staff our libraries and provide vital services for residents.

Stay tuned – we expect to lock down bargaining dates in the coming week.

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