Solano County

Solano County Workers Overwhelmingly Ratify Contract

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Fairfield, CA – This evening Solano County workers represented by SEIU 1021 overwhelmingly ratified a two-year contract with the County. The ratification vote comes after two unfair labor strikes and four months of negotiations.

The two-year contract term includes 3% wage increases per year, a supplemental employer contribution for family healthcare, and the County’s payment of its full pension obligation starting in 2017. The contract also includes provisions that encourage additional training and continuing education for workers, in addition to equity adjustments.

“We believe it’s fair and begins to address workers’ concerns,” said Akbar Bibb, a Solano County social worker and SEIU 1021 Solano County Chapter President. “We look forward to the Board of Supervisors’ ratification of the contract and for workers to begin to regain all that they have sacrificed during the recession.”

The contract between nearly 1,800 Solano County workers represented by SEIU 1021 and the County expired on September 28th. On October 14 and 15, workers went on an unfair labor practice strike, followed by another unfair labor practice strike on November 17 and 18.

The successor contract goes into effect after the Solano Board of Supervisors’ ratification of the agreement. The Board vote will take place during the Board’s December 8th meeting.

SEIU 1021 Solano County members include social workers, mental health specialists, public health nurses, librarians, Child Support Services specialists, public safety dispatchers, benefits eligibility specialists, and veterans’ services workers.

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Solano County Members Vote on Your Tentative Agreement!

Join your Bargaining Team and fellow Solano County workers at an informational meeting TONIGHT, where the tentative agreement will be discussed and we will begin the ratification vote.

Meeting to Discuss & Vote on Tentative Agreement
Monday, November 23
Dinner served at 5:30 pm | Meeting starts at 6:00 pm
Fairfield Community Center
Willow Hall, 1000 Kentucky Street in Fairfield

Only full SEIU 1021 Members Are Eligible to Vote on the Tentative Agreement. It’s not too late to become a full member. Membership forms will be available at the meeting.

If you are unable to make it to tonight’s meeting, you can vote at the following locations tomorrow, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm:

Admin Building – 675 Texas Street – 2nd Floor, Fairfield
DCSS – 435 Executive Court North, Fairfield
BAC – 427 Executive Court North, Fairfield
H&SS – 1119 E. Monte Vista Avenue, Vacaville
H&SS – 355/365 Tuolumne Street, Vallejo
275 Beck Avenue, Fairfield
2101 and 2201 Courage Drive, Fairfield
Library: 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield
Library: 5050 Business Center Dr. Fairfield
Library: 505 Santa Clara St., Valljeo
Library: 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville
Library: 1 Town Square Pl., Vacaville
Library: 601 Pintail Ave., Suisun City
SEIU 1021 Union Hall – 2300 Boynton Avenue, Fairfield

Polls close at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 24th. It will be followed by a vote count at the union hall at 6:00 pm. All members welcome.

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Solano County Tentative Agreement Reached

Bargaining Team UNANIMOUSLY Recommends a YES Vote on No-Concessions Contract!

After more than four months of tough negotiations, the Solano Chapter bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with County negotiators.

The dedication and commitment to justice from the bargaining team, CAT (Contract Action Team), and membership made this no-concessions tentative agreement possible. Solano County workers were united in sending the message that they will not back down until their calls for justice were heard.

Solano County workers held unity breaks on a daily basis, refusing to let County Executives silence their voices. Workers wrote letters to the editor and shared their personal stories with the media. They set up meetings with County Board of Supervisors and flooded their inboxes, mailboxes, and voice mail with your calls for justice.

In the fight for a fair contract, County workers demonstrated the power of workers united. They  made history by not going on strike once, but TWICE! They inspired their fellow SEIU 1021 workers from throughout Northern California to walk the picket with you and hold the lines.

SEIU 1021 Solano members have achieved so much and revived the fighting spirit in one another.

Download a PDF copy of the Tentative Agreement Summary

Meeting to Discuss & Vote on Tentative Agreement
Monday, November 23
Dinner served at 5:30 pm | Meeting starts at 6:00 pm
Location To Be Announced

Worksite ballots will also be available on Tuesday.

***Only full SEIU 1021 Members Are Eligible to Vote on the Tentative Agreement***
It’s not too late to become a full member Membership forms will be available at the meeting.

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Nearly 1,800 Solano County Workers On Second Unfair Labor Practice Strike

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Fairfield, CA – Today nearly 1,800 Solano County workers went on another strike in protest of County Executives’ unfair labor practices, just as more than 2,200 County workers strike in neighboring Sonoma County. While a majority of Solano County workers were out on strike, they have organized a crew to handle emergency calls and services that impact public safety during the strike.

Since the expiration of the contract between Solano County and SEIU 1021 on September 28, the County has escalated a campaign of misinformation and worker intimidation. The County has illegally deducted fees from workers’ paychecks to cover the County’s financial obligations to retirement funds, despite California pension law. SEIU 1021 has filed charges against the County with the Public Employees Relation Board (PERB) to restore the amount to workers, in addition to earlier charges of worker intimidation and bad faith bargaining.

The County has also threatened workers who waive medical coverage that they will not receive reimbursement for their waiver, should they take their legally protected right to go on strike. To prevent Solano County workers from protesting the County’s illegal behavior, County Executives have restricted workers’ earned sick leave, resulting in workers missing medical appointments for themselves and their family members.

“County executives are punishing workers for speaking out about unfair treatment,” said Akbar Bibb, a Solano County social worker SEIU 1021 Solano County Chapter President. “County Executives have gone as far as to deny workers earned time off to attend parent-teacher conferences and sick leave to attend medical appointments. It’s unconscionable.”

Furthermore, County negotiators have also inadequately addressed safety concerns of overnight, on-call social workers who move at-risk youth out of dangerous situations at all hours of the night.

“The County is sending out social workers without any sleep to remove children from dangerous situations, putting both the workers and children at unnecessary risk,” said Nadeen Roach, and Solano County eligibility benefits specialist and member of SEIU 1021’s bargaining team. “The County needs to put a stop to this dangerous practice.”

Most recently the County claimed that negotiations were at impasse, even as SEIU 1021 urged County negotiators to continue contract talks. SEIU 1021 is calling on the County to reengage in contract talks immediately, bargain in good faith, and end the labor dispute.

Last month, Solano County workers organized a two-day unfair labor practice strike, the first in the County’s history in 25 years. Since the strike the County has not remedied its bad faith bargaining and has only escalated its campaign against public workers, including social workers, mental health specialists, public health nurses, librarians, Child Support Services specialists, public safety dispatchers, and veterans’ services workers. County workers have yet to determine the length of the current strike.

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Get the Latest Solano County Bargaining Update

Knowledge is power. Make sure you’re informed and engaged in our fight for a fair contract.

Bargaining updates are produced after every bargaining session. Want to receive updates by email? Sign up with your personal email here: http://1021.seiu.org/page/s/solanosignup

BARGAINING UPDATES:

August 27

September 2

September 3

September 4

September 10

September 16

September 23

September 29

October 20

November 2

November 4

November 12

November 24

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1,800 Solano Workers Complete Second Day of Strike Demanding County Executives Bargain Fairly

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Executives Refuse to Return to Negotiations or Find Common Ground on Issues

Fairfield—Workers will return Friday morning to more than 40 facilities across Solano County after completing a two-day unfair labor practices strike protesting an ongoing refusal by county executives to engage in good faith bargaining.

For more than three months, workers represented by SEIU Local 1021 have engaged in contract talks with the County, only to face a pattern of bad faith bargaining. The County has not had a bargaining representative with the authority to make agreements, and workers have been intimidated to prevent them from participating in protests against the County.

The bad-faith patterns of bargaining led workers to declare a day of strike after the contract expired on September 28th.  This is the first time in 25 years that workers in Solano County have gone on strike.

“We didn’t want to strike,” said Joanne Godreau, an Eligibility Benefits Specialist, “our Solano community relies on the work that we do, but they’re also the reason why we’ve been urging the County Executives to listen and talk to us about how we can improve services. Our community relies on us to provide these services, and we rely on County government to treat us fairly.”

The striking workers ensured that emergency services, such as emergency dispatch, remained operational during the strike.

“We have single mothers walking the strike line,” said Akbar Bibb, a Solano County social worker and member of the SEIU 1021’s bargaining team. “They don’t want to miss their pay, and they don’t want to spend all day protesting outside management offices just to be heard. In fact all they want is to be able to do their job. That is why we need to reach a fair agreement. If the executives would just talk honestly and legally, we could easily resolve this all.”

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Solano County Workers Vote for Second Day of Strike over Unfair Labor Practices After 2,000 March Against County Executives

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County-Wide Outreach and Advertising Campaign Alerts Public that County Board and Executives are Breaking Law

(FAIRFIELD)—Nearly 1,800 workers from across Solano County Government today voted to extend their strike to a second day in protest of repeated violations of the law by County executives at the bargaining table.

The decision comes after a frenetic day of strike lines and marches with hundreds of workers, elected officials, and community allies protesting unfair labor practices by County executives and demanding they bargain in good faith. The workers are represented by SEIU Local 1021, and are protesting the County’s failure to engage in a good faith bargaining process. Other sticking issues include intimidation of workers and the County’s refusal to respond to union proposals over safety standards and the county’s legal obligations.

Carmen Curry, a social worker, explained that, “When the Board of Supervisors and County Executives commit unfair labor practices, it hurts nurses, fire fighters, police officers, public service workers and the communities we serve.  We’re taking a stand and reminding the Board and County Executives that they’re not above the law.”

Curry and her colleagues have been also increasing their public outreach to warn the public that the County continues to engage in the illegal practices that have led to this strike. Their outreach includes print, billboard, and digital advertising to reach the public.

Workers from more than 40 facilities across the county, including county libraries, Animal Control, Health and Human Services, the Department of Social Services, Benefits Action Center, and others.

This is the first strike by workers in Solano County in 25 years.

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Tomorrow We Go On ULP Strike

On Wednesday, October 14th we’re scheduled to go on a historic Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Strike to protest the County Executives’ illegal behavior at the bargaining table. We’re taking a stand against the County’s bad faith bargaining and failure to have someone at the bargaining table with the authority to reach a contract with us. County Executives are not above the law!

Your Bargaining Team is also scheduled to return to negotiations on Tuesday, the same day that the County has called a Special, Closed-Session Meeting to discuss labor negotiations.

Beware of rumors! Make sure you get the facts! The ULP Strike will begin at 7 am on Wednesday, October 14th. Only rely on information that you get from your stewards, picket captains, and elected Solano County Chapter leaders.

Report any threats or intimidation you’ve experienced related to your right to take part in Wednesday’s ULP Strike. The law protects workers who are exercising their right to take legal, collective action—including ULP strikes.

Your fellow SEIU 1021 members will join you at the picket line. We have strength in numbers! Local unions have also communicated to their members that they have the right to honor your picket lines without retaliation from their employer.

Our ULP Strike has also been sanctioned by the Napa-Solano Central Labor Council. This strike sanction gives us the full weight and support of all the affiliated unions and staff of the Napa-Solano Labor Council. In addition to the 54,000 SEIU 1021 members who stand with you in your fight, over forty thousand working people represented under the Napa- Solano Labor Council have your back.

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Solano County Workers Announce Unfair Labor Practice Strike

Nearly 1,800 Workers to Strike on Wednesday, October 14th After County Negotiators Walk Away from the Bargaining Table

Fairfield, CA – After three months of bargaining, County negotiators walked away from the bargaining table and shut down the possibility of reaching a contract with nearly 1,800 County workers. The County negotiators continued the course to cause an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike with its largest union.

The 1,800 Solano County workers, represented by SEIU 1021, announced that they are starting with a 1-day ULP strike on Wednesday, October 14th. The announcement comes two weeks after the union filed ULP charges against the County for its illegal behavior at the bargaining table. The charges allege the County has not bargained in good faith and has failed to have a representative with the authority to negotiate at the bargaining table.

Nadeen Roach, who has worked as an Eligibility Benefits Specialist for 20 years, expressed her concern over the County negotiators’ conduct at the table and what it means for community services, “Time and again, we’ve requested the County to address worker and client safety concerns, but the County negotiators have just shut us down. The families and children who rely on us deserve better than that. We’re going on strike for them, to protest the County’s disrespectful, dangerous, and unlawful conduct.”

The County’s conduct at the bargaining table for three months of negotiations have made it impossible to reach an agreement by the 28th of September contract expiration.

In addition to the workers it represents in Solano County, SEIU Local 1021 represents over 54,000 workers throughout Northern California who make our cities, schools, counties and special districts a safe and healthy place to live in and raise families. SEIU 1021 members nurse our sick, educate our children, clean our schools, and care for our seniors and developmentally disabled.

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Solano County Workers Overwhelmingly Vote to Authorize Strike

With 90 Percent Vote, Workers Urge Solano County to Cease Illegal Behavior in Negotiations

Fairfield, CA –  A week after the union representing nearly 1,800 Solano County workers filed Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against the County, workers from Winters to Vallejo voted to authorize their Bargaining Team to call a strike. SEIU 1021 represents workers who provide vital community services across Solano, including social workers, infant nutrition counselors, mental health specialists, public health nurses, librarians, Child Support and Child Welfare specialists, public safety dispatchers, veterans’ services workers, and clerical staff.

The ballots were counted this evening at the SEIU 1021 union hall in Fairfield, and the results announced immediately to members. SEIU 1021 announced that 90 percent of the members voted to give their bargaining team the power to call an Unfair Labor Practice strike if necessary. A date for the ULP strike has not yet been set.

“This strike authorization vote sends a clear message that workers have had enough of the County’s refusal to meaningfully bargain over issues that matter to our communities,” said Nadeen Roach, an Eligibility Benefits Specialist, who has served the County’s residents for 20 years. “We’ve had enough of the County’s illegal behavior at the bargaining table.”

The vote followed the union’s Unfair Labor Practice charges with the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) against Solano County. For over three months the County negotiators have refused to engage in good faith negotiations and have rejected the union’s proposals without dialogue. The County has not had a representative with the authority to negotiate at the bargaining table, making it nearly impossible to reach an agreement by the 28th of September contract expiration.

“The County has refused to have dialogue on matters that impact the families we serve,” said Akbar Bibb, a social worker, bargaining team member, and SEIU 1021 Solano County Chapter President. “We’ve asked the County to do all that it can to ensure the safety of Child Welfare workers and the children they take into guardianship, but the County has flatly refused to consider that. Workers don’t want to strike but if we have to, we’ll do whatever it takes for the people who rely on us.”

A Solano County workers’ strike has been sanctioned by the Napa-Solano Labor Council, which represents over forty thousand working men and women in Napa and Solano Counties. In the event of a strike, the workers and unions united under the Labor Council have pledged support of striking workers.

SEIU Local 1021 represents over 54,000 workers throughout Northern California who make our cities, schools, counties and special districts a safe and healthy place to live in and raise families. SEIU 1021 members nurse our sick, educate our children, clean our schools, and care for our seniors and developmentally disabled.

 

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Solano County Strike Authorization Vote Polls and Times

Your Bargaining Team Unanimously Recommends a YES Vote!
Download a PDF copy of the strike authorization vote schedule

Monday, September 28

  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SEIU Local 1021 – 2300 Boynton Avenue, Suite 200, Fairfield

Tuesday, September 29

  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SEIU Local 1021 – 2300 Boynton Avenue, Suite 200, Fairfield

Wednesday, September 30

  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SEIU Local 1021 – 2300 Boynton Avenue, Suite 200, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

675 Texas Street, 2nd Floor, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DCSS – 435 Executive Court North, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BAC – 427 Executive Court North, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

H & SS – 1119 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

H & SS – 355/365 Tuolumne St. , Vallejo

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

275 Beck Avenue, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Libraries:

1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield;

5050 Business Center Dr. Fairfield;

601 Pintail Ave., Suisun City;

1020 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville;

1 Town Square Pl., Vacaville;

505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo

Thursday, October 1

  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SEIU Local 1021 – 2300 Boynton Avenue, Suite 200, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

675 Texas Street, 2nd Floor, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DCSS – 435 Executive Court North, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BAC – 427 Executive Court North, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

H & SS – 1119 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

H & SS – 355/365 Tuolumne St. , Vallejo

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

275 Beck Avenue, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Libraries:

1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield;

5050 Business Center Dr. Fairfield;

601 Pintail Ave., Suisun City;

1020 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville;

1 Town Square Pl., Vacaville;

505 Santa Clara St., Valljeo

Friday, October 2

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SEIU Local 1021 – 2300 Boynton Avenue, Suite 200, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

675 Texas Street, 2nd Floor, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DCSS – 435 Executive Court North, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BAC – 427 Executive Court North, Fairfield

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

H & SS – 1119 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

H & SS – 355/365 Tuolumne St. , Vallejo

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

275 Beck Avenue, Fairfield

VOTE COUNT WILL BE HELD at 6 P.M. ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND AT THE 1021 UNION HALL –

2300 BOYNTON AVENUE, SUITE 200, FAIRFIELD

All SEIU Local 1021 Members are welcome.

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In Anticipation of an Unfair Labor Practice Strike, Nearly 400 Solano County Workers Attend Intensive Strike Training

SEIU 1021 Files Unfair Labor Charges Against Solano County

Fairfield, CA – With less than a week before their contract expiration, nearly 400 Solano County workers represented by SEIU 1021 took the first steps to go on strike. Workers attended intensive strike training on Wednesday evening on their legally protected rights to strike and the County’s illegal behavior at the bargaining table. SEIU 1021 represents over 1,800 Solano County workers, including social workers, mental health specialists, public health nurses, librarians, Child Support Services specialists, public safety dispatchers, and veterans’ services workers.

On the same day, SEIU 1021 filed Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges with the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) against Solano County. The Union has endured more than three months bargaining with County negotiators, who have refused to engage in real negotiations. The County has failed to engage in dialogue at the bargaining table that demonstrates any consideration of the workers’ proposals. Instead, the County has rejected workers’ proposals without question or without any counterproposals.

The two sides have also been unable to reach an agreement because the County has failed to send a representative with the authority to negotiate to the bargaining table. Don Turko, the County’s chief spokesperson at the bargaining table has made it clear to the Union’s bargaining team that he has no authority to make proposals or reach an agreement, and that he is only authorized to recite the predetermined bargaining positions decided by people not present at the table.

“All we are asking for is an opportunity to negotiate a fair contract for Solano workers and the families they support,” said Akbar Bibb, a social worker and SEIU 1021 Solano Chapter President, “but the County has been unwilling to sit down with its workers and engage in dialogue about the challenges Solano families are facing.”

Strike authorization votes will begin for 1,800 Solano County workers on September 28th, the day of their contract expiration. Results will be announced after the polls close early Friday evening.

SEIU Local 1021 represents over 54,000 workers throughout Northern California who make our cities, schools, counties and special districts a safe and healthy place to live in and raise families. SEIU 1021 members nurse our sick, educate our children, clean our schools, and care for our seniors and developmentally disabled.

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Solano County Board of Supervisors: Stand Up for Healthy Families, Strong Communities

Solano County Board of Supervisors Action

More than 200 Solano County workers attended this morning’s Board of Superivors’ meeting to urge their elected leaders tostand up for healthy families and strong communities. Workers shared stories of how Solano families are hurting because of unaffordable healthcare and understaffing at County agencies that serve local communities.

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It’s Time to Take Action for Our Families and for Our Communities!

With less than a month until our contract expiration, it’s more important than ever for ALL members to be involved in our fight for a fair contract. We are only as powerful at the bargaining table as we are at our worksites.

The County’s negotiators have refused to offer counter-proposals on a number of occasions, delaying bargaining and pushing us to take action!

It’s time to stand up and demonstrate that we’re willing to do what it takes to get a fair contract. Download the flyer with a list of upcoming actions (PDF).

Don’t forget: Unity Breaks are held EVERY TUESDAY at 10:21 at ALL WORKSITES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
POWER Break at 10:21 am in Vacaville
1119 E. Monte Vista Avenue

POWER Break at 3:15 pm at Beck
275 Beck Avenue in Fairfield

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
POWER Break at 10:21 am at
DCSS/BAC/SIB/Training Center
Executive Court North Campus in Fairfield

POWER Break at 3:15 pm in Vallejo
355/365 Tuolumne Street

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
POWER Break at 10:21 am at Beck
275 Beck Avenue in Fairfield

POWER Break at 3:15 pm at DCSS/BAC/SIB/Training Center
Executive Court North Campus in Fairfield

CONTRACT ACTION TEAM (CAT) Meeting
6 pm at 2300 Boynton Ave in Fairfield
RSVP to the MRC @ 1-877-687-1021

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
POWER Break at 10:21 am at County Admin Building
675 Texas Street in Fairfield

POWER Break at 3:15 pm at Beck
275 Beck Avenue in Fairfield

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
ACTION at the County Admin Building
675 Texas Street in Fairfield
Stay tuned for more details!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
**STRIKE SCHOOL**
@ Fairfield Community Center
5:30-8pm. RSVP to the MRC 1-877-687-1021

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
CONTRACT EXPIRATION

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Contract Action Team Meeting – Tuesday, September 1st

On September 28th, our contract expires, and we need to be prepared to take action for our families and for our communities.

The County negotiators have demonstrated to our Bargaining Team that they’re not interested in hearing what our members and Solano County families are going through, so we need to stand together and make sure we’re heard! Join us at our next Contract Action Team meeting where we’ll discuss our next steps in our fight for a fair contract.

Join us for

  • A brief Public Communications Training on how to deliver a winning message to win the public’s support
  • The development of public actions for the weeks leading up to our contract expiration date

There’s Strength in Unity! Stand Up and Speak Out Solano!

RSVP to the Member Resource Center: Monday through Friday from 8 am-6 pm @ 1-877-687-1021

Download the turnout flyer (PDF)

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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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The Results Are In: Solano County Members Ratify a No-Concessions Contract

Tonight SEIU 1021 Solano County members voted and ratified a 2-year proposed agreement that guarantees wage increases each year. Here are the results:

Unit #5–
Yes–138
No–114

Unit #8–
Yes–33
No–10

Units # 2, 7, 9,
Yes–353
No–116

Units 82, 87, 89, 90
Yes–15
No–3

The agreement maintains benefits and includes improved language on health and safety. Click here for a summary of the proposed agreement.

Thank you to all who voted. The County will be notified of our ratification vote results.

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Solano County Proposed Agreement Informational Sessions

The Union shall be holding two informational sessions regarding the Proposed Agreement. Please bring any questions you have.

Monday, September 16th

SEIU Local 1021, 2300 Boynton Ave., Suite 200 at 6pm

Tuesday, September 17th

SEIU Local 1021, 2300 Boynton Ave., Suite 200 at 6pm

Download the flyer here.

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Solano County Proposed Agreements and Voting Schedule

Review and download the proposed agreements for Solano County SEIU 1021 members, and check out the voting schedule.

Proposed Agreements for Units 2, 7, and 9
Proposed Agreements for Unit 5
Proposed Agreements for Unit 8
Proposed Agreements Applicable to All Units
Summary of Proposed Agreements

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Solano members talk the talk, walk the (strike) walk in bargaining

After our Solano County members voted to ask for sanction to strike, they decided to tell the county supervisors in person by visiting a board meeting on the way to bargaining Wednesday. Members have not actually voted to set a strike date yet; rater they’ve requested and received sanction for a strike from our Executive Board and the Central Labor Council, an important first step. A separate strike vote would have to occur before a strike can occur.

On Wednesday morning, the union informed the Board of Supervisors of the strike sanction and need for a wage proposal; later that same day the County’s team presented a hastily assembled wage proposal. The County’s management bargaining team also went out of its way to state that the Board of Supervisors is now committed to remedying the cuts from the last contract, but at a sustainable rate. While the first wage proposal is modest — a one percent wage increase along with a one percent cash bonus — it represents significant progress.

Before Wednesday the entire discussion had centered on the County’s “net zero” proposal (the same position taken recently by San Joaquin County).

But while members are encouraged by the County’s movement, they’re still pushing ahead with strike preparations and strategy. More than 100 members have registered for the Local 1021 Strike School taking place on Tuesday, August 6, at 6pm at the Fairfield Community Center, Willow Hall, 1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield.

Our members in San Joaquin County and the Superior Court of Alameda County did the same thing, making a deal happen by authorizing and prepping for a strike while hanging tough at the table. A recent one-day strike in the City of Oakland resulted in a quick settlement and better contract.

To register for the Solano Strike School, call the Member Resource Center at 1-877-OUR-1021.

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