Sonoma County

Download the Sonoma County Memorandum of Agreement (March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2018)

Chapter Officers
President
Joel Evans Fudem

Vice President
Andre Bercut

Secretary/Treasurer
Vacant

COPE Representative
Michael Stanford

County Industry Council Representative
Paul Foster

At Large Representative
Rosie Goucher

Chief Shop Steward (elected at the January Steward Council meeting)
Tony Walls

Sonoma Fuerte. Sonoma Strong.

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Sonoma County wildfire survivors and their families gathered to raise funds for the SEIU State Council Wildfire Relief Fund at the Santa Rosa union hall on on December 9. At the fundraiser, members shared their stories of struggle and heroism, among them were Amy Marlar and her daughter Logyn.

Amy and Logyn Maylar

On October 9, Amy and her daughter Logyn were evacuated from their home in Coffey Park— one of the most ravaged neighborhoods in Santa Rosa.

“It was really hard to see my house burned to the ground. It was the worst thing to happen to my family and me. But I saw the best of our community as they came together in unimaginable ways to support fire survivors,” said Amy, who works at the Sonoma County Health and Human Service Department.

On October 10, Don Dean and his wife were evacuated from a fire zone and later lost their home during the Sonoma County Wildfires.

Don Dean Sonoma County DUI Intake Specialist

“After we safety evacuated to a family member’s home, I woke up as soon as it became daylight to assess the damage. I could not believe that my whole neighborhood was gone as far I could see,” said Don Dean, an In-take specialist for the DUI program in Sonoma County. “It was very overwhelming. As we were coping with the tragedy, I felt I had to do something.”

Don decided to help at one of the evacuee locations at the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fair Grounds that was full of wildfire survivors needing help.

“Helping people helped me to ground myself. I appreciated that my wife, dog and I were in a safe place with our in-laws. I saw lots of people with families, kids and pets that had no other place to go. While I was working at the donation receiving area, I saw the community come together. I saw people from all over the Bay Area coming in with pallets of water, food and dog food to help survivors. It was pretty amazing,” said Dean

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Sonoma County Bargaining Team Election Schedule

SONOMA COUNTY BARGAINING TEAM ELECTION SCHEDULE

Monday, June 19

5th Street Public Health: Coastal Room

 11:30am – 1:00pm

Airport Worksites: 3725 Westwind Blvd.

11:30am – 1:30pm

Airport Worksites: 3725 Westwind Blvd.

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Chanate: 3333 Chanate Road

11:30am – 1:30pm

SEIU 1021 Office: 600 B. Street

8:00am – 5:30pm

Tuesday, June 20

County Complex Breezeway: 585 Fiscal Drive

 11:30am – 1:30pm

County Complex Breezeway: 585 Fiscal Drive

3:00pm – 5:30pm

520 Mendocino: Willow Room

9:30am -11:00 am

Economic Assistance: 2550 Paulin

11:30am – 1:30pm

SEIU 1021 Office: 600 B. Street

8:00am – 5:30pm

Wednesday, June 21

County Complex: 585 Fiscal Drive

 11:30am – 1:30pm

Employment & Training: 2227 Capricorn

11:30am – 1:30pm

Community Development Commission: 1440 Guerneville

11:30am – 1:00pm

DUI: 1300 Coddington Center

1:30pm – 2:30pm

SEIU 1021 Office: 600 B. Street

8:00am – 5:30pm

Thursday, June 22

Airport Worksites: 3725 Westwind Blvd.

 11:30am – 1:30pm

Animal Care & Control: 1247 Century Ct.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Airport Worksites: 3725 Westwind Blvd.

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Families/Youth/Children: 1202 Apollo Way

11:30am – 1:30pm

SEIU 1021 Office: 600 B. Street

8:00am – 5:30pm

Friday , June 23

Juvenile Justice Center: 7425 Rancho Los Guillicos

 11:30am – 1:30pm

SEIU 1021 Office: 600 B. Street

8:00am – 5:30pm

Saturday, June 24

SEIU 1021 Office: 600 B. Street

 9:00am – 12:00pm

 

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The High Cost of Unaffordable Housing

SEIU 1021 Napa County Workers

On May 9, Napa County workers flooded the Board of Supervisors’ chamber to address the sky-rocketing cost of living and the lack of affordable housing in the county. SEIU 1021 members provided powerful stories on the financial strain caused by climbing housing and childcare costs.

“I feel as though I’m taking two steps forward and three steps back. I’m asking the board to consider the cost of housing in Napa in our next contract, because I need to stay in Napa — the place I live and work,” testified Krissy Premo-Carr, a probation legal clerk who has worked for the county for 28 years.

Workers like Krissy are being forced to move from the places they call home and the communities they serve. In neighboring Sonoma County, workers like Betsy Aparicio and her family’s rent increased by 18% in one year. The following year she received a notice that her rent was scheduled to go up another $130 a month.

“I grew up here and I believe that if you’re doing the best you can, you shouldn’t be forced to move out because of real estate investors gouging rent prices,” said Betsy, who’d like to raise her daughter Kayla in Santa Rosa, where she was raised.

Both Krissy and Betsy believe their communities and their families are worth fighting for. They’re taking action, along with their coworkers, to make Napa and Sonoma County a place for working families.

Napa County workers are fighting for a fair contract that ensures families can keep up the cost of living, and Sonoma County workers are doing their part to pass Measure C. Measure C protects Santa Rosa renters from unjust evictions and caps annual rent increases at 3%.

Read the Napa Register front page story on the Napa County Board of Supervisors Action

Find out more about Yes on C in Santa Rosa

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County of Sonoma Chapter Elections and Call for Nominations for Negotiating Team Representatives

Per SEIU 1021 County of Sonoma Bylaws, notice is hereby given of an election for the Negotiating Team for the upcoming contract negotiations.

Elections shall be conducted by worksite ballot, held during the week of June 19-24, 2017 during the hours of

11:30 am-   1:30 pm, unless otherwise noted, at the following locations:

  • County Complex Breezeway: 585 Fiscal
  • Health Services: 3324 Chanate Road
  • Human Services Zephyr Bldg.: 3725 Westwind Blvd.
  • Families/Youth/Children: 1202 Apollo Way
  • Juvenile Justice Center: Los Guillicos
  • Union Office: 600 B Street Santa Rosa (Monday – Friday 8am-5:30pm, Saturday 9am-Noon)

 

Specific dates and room locations will be distirbuted and posted the week of June 5. 2017

Nominations for the Bargaining Unit Representative(s) shall be in the form of a nominating petition which shall be signed by ten (10) dues paying members from the Bargaining Unit in which the prospective nominee belongs, and must be submitted no later than 5pm on June 2, 2017. For listing of classifications by Bargaining Unit, please refer to pages 167-175 of the MOU.

Nominations may be mailed to Attn. Sonoma County Election Committee, SEIU 1021, 600 B Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401; faxed to SEIU 1021 (707) 542-1496 or dropped off in person and must be received no later than 5pm on June 2, 2017. Nominees must submit written notice of acceptance of nomination (Within 7-days) by 5pm on June 9, 2017.

YOU MAY RUN OR BE NOMINATED FOR A SEAT ON THE NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR YOUR BARGAINING UNIT ONLY.

SEIU Clerical, Non-Supervisory (Unit 0001)           2 Seats

SEIU Services and Technical Support, Non-Supervisory (Unit 0005)            3 Seats

SEIU Maintenance, Non-Supervisory (Unit 0010)        SEIU Social Services, Non-Supervisory (Unit 0025)                                                                                   

1 Seats

2 Seats

SEIU Nursing Services, Non-Supervisory (Unit 0080)           1 Seat

SEIU General Supervisory (Unit 0095)           1 Seat

*Chapter Officers, per Chapter By-Laws, have a seat by virtue of holding office and do NOT factor into the seats by Bargaining Unit listed above.

  • In order to be eligible to run for and serve on the Negotiations Team, all persons shall be dues paying members, an employee within a bargaining unit represented by the Chapter, and a member of Local 1021 for one

(1) year prior to the election.

  • Candidate nomination petition forms are available at the SEIU 1021 Union office, 600 B Santa Rosa between the hours of 8am-5:30pm; through your department Shop Steward; on the SEIU 1021 website or you may also request a copy by calling (707) 293-2859

**Challenges to or disputes arising from a Chapter election must be submitted in writing to the Chapter Election Committee within three (3) working days of the submission of the committee’s written election report to the Chapter Executive Board. The committee shall respond within five (5) working days of the receipt of the challenge. Challenges or disputes which are denied or cannot be resolved by the Chapter Election Committee may be appealed in writing to the Local 1021 Chapter Executive Board within five (5) working days of receipt of the Chapter Election Committee’s decision. The Local 1021 Chapter Executive Board shall investigate and respond within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the challenge. Challenges to the election will be considered valid only if they cite specific violations of the Chapter election rules and procedures, Chapter bylaws, or the Local 1021 Constitution and if the alleged violation may have affected the outcome of the election.

Download a PDF copy of this notice and a nomination form

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Fighting for Affordable Housing in Santa Rosa

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Santa Rosa is on the verge of a housing crisis. “A lot of people are working paycheck to paycheck. For many it’s a matter of one more rent increase that could move them into homelessness,” says SEIU 1021 Sonoma County member Janie Camacho.

Janie, a Senior Account Clerk for Sonoma County, is among the 1021 members who are phone banking and canvassing to pass Measure C in Santa Rosa. She’s also among the thousands of residents facing skyrocketing rents and the prospect of being forced out of the community she lives and works in.

Half of Santa Rosa residents are renters, and Santa Rosa has seen some of the highest rent increases in the country. Measure C would provide some relief.

Last year, Santa Rosa City Council, with the support of a labor and community alliance including 1021 and the North Bay Organizing Project, passed an ordinance to stabilize rents and also include a just cause eviction policy for all rental properties in the city. This victory for working families is now under attack by the California Apartment Association.

On June 6, voters will have the opportunity to defend the city’s rent stabilization ordinance. This will help make Santa Rosa more fair and more affordable.

To find out more about Measure C and how you can do your part to make Santa Rosa a community that works for working families, visit www.fairandaffordablesantarosa.com.

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SEIU 1021 Sonoma County Chapter Officer Nominees

NO ELECTION NECESSARY FOR:

President Joel Evans Fudem

Secretary-Treasurer

NO CANDIDATE

COPE

Michael Stanford

ELECTION NECESSARY FOR:

Vice President

Andre Bercut

Bill Christofferson

Tony Walls

County Industry Council Representative

Janeann Dawson

Paul Foster

At-Large Representation

Marion Chase

Rosie Goucher


Elections to be held April 17 – 22, 2017.

Ballots will be counted April 22, 2017 at 12:00(noon) at the Santa Rosa Union Hall

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County of Sonoma Chapter Voting Schedule

Week of April 17, 2017

Monday April 17, 2017

 Airport Area: 3725 Westwind Blvd 11:30am – 1:30pm

5th Street 12:00pm-1:00pm

 Chanate: 3333 Chanate Road 11:30am – 1:30pm

 SEIU Local 1021 Santa Rosa Office 8:00am – 5:30pm

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 520 Mendocino 9:30am-11:30am

 County Complex: 585 Fiscal Drive 11:30am – 1:30pm

 SEIU Local 1021 Santa Rosa Office 8:00am – 5:30pm

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

 Employment & Training: 2227 Capricorn 9:30am – 11:30am

 County Complex: 585 Fiscal Drive 11:30am – 1:30pm

 SEIU Local 1021 Santa Rosa Office 8:00am – 5:30pm

Thursday, April 20, 2017

 FY&C: 1202 Apollo Way 9:30am – 11:30am

 Airport Area: 3725 Westwind Blvd 11:30am- 1:30pm

 SEIU Local 1021 Santa Rosa Office 8:00am – 5:30pm

Friday, April 21, 2017

 LG 11:30am – 1:30pm

 SEIU Local 1021 Santa Rosa Office 9:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday, April 22, 2017

 SEIU Local 1021 Santa Rosa Office 9:00am – 12:00pm

 Ballot Count 12:00pm

Download a PDF copy of the schedule

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County of Sonoma Chapter Elections and Call for Nominations

Per SEIU 1021 County of Sonoma Bylaws, notice is hereby given of an Officer Election for the County of Sonoma Chapter of SEIU 1021for the purpose of electing a new Chapter Executive Board (Two (2) year term).

Elections shall be conducted by worksite ballot, held during the week of April 17 – 22, 2017 Monday through Saturday, during the hours of 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, unless otherwise noted, at the following locations:

● County Complex Breezeway: 585 Fiscal Dr.

● Health Services: 3333 Chanate Road

● Human Services Zephyr Bldg.: 3725 Westwind Blvd.

● Families/Youth/Children: 1202 Apollo Way

● Juvenile Justice Center: Los Guillicos

● Union Office: 600 B Street Santa Rosa (8am – 5:30pm M-Thu) (Fri 9:30am – 5:30pm) (Sat 9:00am to 12:00pm)

Specific dates and room locations will be distributed and posted the week of April 3, 2017

Nominations for the officer seats listed below shall be in the form of a nominating petition which shall be signed by ten (10) dues paying members, and must be submitted no later than 5pm on March 30, 2017. Nominations may be mailed to Attn. Sonoma County Election Committee, SEIU 1021, 600 B Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401; faxed to SEIU 1021 (707) 542-1496 or dropped off in person and must be received no later than 5pm on March 30, 2017. Nominees must submit written notice of acceptance of nomination (Within 7-days) by 5pm on April 6, 2017.

YOU MAY RUN OR BE NOMINATED FOR ANY OF THESE CHAPTER OFFICES

President

Vice President

Secretary-Treasurer

COPE Representative

County Industry Council Representative

At-Large Representative

*The Chief Shop Steward shall be elected from their constituent body

 CONVENTION DELEGATES: Elected Chapter Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Chief Steward, COPE Representative, County Industry Council Representative and At-Large Representative shall serve as automatic delegates to the convention, in the order listed. Any additional delegates that the chapter is entitled to send to the membership convention shall be elected by secret ballot by members in good standing. The number of delegates the Chapter is entitled to shall be determined by SEIU 1021 Bylaws which currently states two (2) delegates for the chapter and two (2) additional delegates for every additional one hundred fifty (150) members.

 In order to be eligible to run for and serve in the above offices, all persons shall be dues paying members, an employee within a bargaining unit represented by the Chapter, and a member of Local 1021 for one (1) year prior to the election. Officer expectations can be found in the Chapter Bylaws.

 Candidate nomination petition forms and a full definition of the duties and responsibilities for all offices are available at the SEIU 1021 Union office, 600 B St. Santa Rosa between the hours of (8am – 5:30pm M-Thu) (Fri 9:30am – 5:30pm); through your department Shop Steward; on the SEIU 1021 website or you may also request a copy by calling (707) 293-2859

**Challenges to or disputes arising from a Chapter election must be submitted in writing to the Chapter Election Committee within three (3) working days of the submission of the committee’s written election report to the Chapter Executive Board. The committee shall respond within five (5) working days of the receipt of the challenge. Challenges or disputes which are denied or cannot be resolved by the Chapter Election Committee may be appealed in writing to the Local 1021 Chapter Executive Board within five (5) working days of receipt of the Chapter Election Committee’s decision. The Local 1021 Chapter Executive Board shall investigate and respond within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the challenge. Challenges to the election will be considered valid only if they cite specific violations of the Chapter election rules and procedures, Chapter bylaws, or the Local 1021 Constitution and if the alleged violation may have affected the outcome of the election.

Download a PDF copy of this notice

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Local Sonoma County Endorsements for 2016 General Election

At the September 1st, 2016 meeting of the Sonoma County COPE (Committee on Political Education) the final endorsements were made for select Sonoma County Candidates and Ballot Measures. The COPE held three (3) measure and candidate forums in August that provided endorsement recommendations to the COPE.

See the graphic below for the endorsements (click to enlarge):

SEIU-Endorsements-11-2016

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Join the Housing Assistance Committee!

The County of Sonoma Chapter of SEIU 1021 has one opening on the Housing Assistance Committee (HAC) needing to be filled by a member.

The HAC administers the Housing Assistance for County Employees Program that we all pay into. As a member of the committee, you will learn how the program works and participate in steering its decision-making. This is a great way to get involved as you will help set policy and process for our Housing Assistance funds, so you are helping fellow members.

Meetings are held quarterly during regular business hours. Committee members are released from work and receive their regular hourly wage while attending meetings.

If you are interested in representing SEIU Local 1021 on the committee, please contact Susan Lewitt (Susan.Lewitt@SEIU1021.org) with your name, worksite, classification, department and a brief statement as to why you are interested in participating on the committee by Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Chapter Officers will then review the candidates and make a selection of the new representative.

Tony Walls
Vice-President
County of Sonoma Chapter, SEIU 1021
TonyJWalls@gmail.com

 

Program Page: http://www.sonoma-county.org/cdc/cdhaf.htm

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A County Worker’s View on Pensions

Marion Chase - Eligibility Worker

Marion Chase – Eligibility Worker

Read this Close to Home piece on pensions by SEIU Local 1021 member Marion Chase, published in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Marion is an Eligibility Worker with the County of Sonoma chapter.

Read article –>

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Labor Walk & Unity BBQ

Join your fellow union workers on Saturday,

Labor Wak For Noreen Flyer

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August 13, 2016 to kick-off the general election campaign with a Precinct Walk in the 5th District to help elect Noreen Evans as our next County Supervisor!

Meet at 9:30am at the SEIU Union office in Santa Rosa (600 B St, Santa Rosa). At 1:00pm we will then be BBQ’ing there in the parking lot. All volunteers and SEIU members are welcome to come!

Download the flyer and share it with your co-workers.

You can RSVP by calling:

  • Lisa Maldonado: (707) 363-4074  OR
  • Omar Medina: (707) 318-6631
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Courts Pizza Party!

The Sonoma County Court employees, our SEIU 1021 brothers and sisters, are in bargaining! There will be a Court Pizza Party on Thursday, July 7th in the courthouse patio from 11:45am to 1:15pm

Wear your purple and come on out and show your support for them and have some pizza too! Let’s Stand Up Sonoma County!SC-2015-action_001

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Review your paycheck!

County of Sonoma chapter members, there are many changes occurring in the weeks to come. Below is a list of a few things to be on the lookout for.

 

Paychecks:
June 15: The County had issues with the implementation of the Supplemental Life insurance deductions; if you added supplemental insurance then the County likely did not deduct it on 6/1/16; so on your 6/15/2016 check the County will be doing a double deduction. You should receive notice of this from them directly.

June 29: No health care deduction should occur this paycheck. Our healthcare deductions our now only twice a month, so in months with three (3) checks, the third check will not have anything taken out for health insurance. Let us know if this is not the case.

July 27: For employees hired prior to January 1, 2013, you will begin seeing the new additional pension contribution included here. You should also see a reimbursement for this additional amount. Make sure to pay attention to your pay checks and alert us of any issues.

 
Benefits:
Over the past two weeks, we have been receiving several reports of various issues with the County’s implementation of benefits. We, your chapter officers, and our Union staff have been hard at work making sure the County gets all the issues addressed.

Some of these issues have included:
– Inadequate implementation of the new vision benefits.
– Issues with the updated dental policy.
– Issues with primary care provider assignments for those at Western Health  Advantage.
– Untimely implementation of the new enhanced EAP benefits.

With all these issues the only way we know something is wrong is when you the members are reporting it to us; you are our eyes and ears. If something is not working as you think it should, let us know and we will work to address it ASAP.

 
Wellness/Staff Development:
Don’t forget, the deadline to use your benefit rapidly approaches, Make sure to use your benefits or they’re lost for this fiscal year. Many have also been looking for their bargaining unit number, in ePersonality under the Employee Information section click on Work Assignment Information. Once there just look for your bargaining unit number next to where it says “Unit.”

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Community prods Santa Rosa City Council to support rent control

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The housing crisis that began in San Francisco several years ago and spread to the East Bay, has moved north to Sonoma County. And with it so has a collective resistance to the speculation and greed pricing people out of the communities they have long lived and worked in.

The situation has gotten extreme. Nearly half of Santa Rosa’s renter households are “overpaying households,” meaning they pay more than 30% of their income on housing. The monthly rent in apartment buildings with 50 or more units has increased 9% over the last year and more than 20% in the past 2.5 years. And the region’s low 1%vacancy rate  has made it nearly impossible for evicted residents to find another place to live in the area.

After many months of organizing, marching and lobbying, a coalition of community, tenant, senior and faith groups, along with SEIU 1021, forced the issue onto the agenda of the Santa Rosa City Council, Sonoma County’s largest city. The question: should the city enact an ordinance limiting rent increases and establishing “just causes” for evictions.

On Tuesday, May 3 a couple hundred supporters of the proposed “Rent Stabilization Ordinance” before the City Council gathered outside the Council Chambers, rallying for their cause, including some 80 students from Santa Rosa Junior College who had marched from campus to the site.

Omar Medina (pictured), an SEIU 1021 member and president of the North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP), the coalition leading the community push for the rent ordinance, opened the rally with a chant that carried through the building walls and reverberated in the Council Chambers: “Fight! Fight! Fight! Housing is a right!”

Medina went on to warn the assembly that the real estate industry will try to undermine whatever tenant protections the Council might pass.

“Be vigilant and keep up the fight,” he exhorted them.

Tenants, students and seniors took turns at the bullhorn, telling their housing tales. Ronit Rubinoff, Executive Director of Legal Aide, said in her 20 years as a tenant attorney she had never seen as many evictions as now. She said no matter what the Council passes, it will still be up to tenants to enforce the law.

“Know your rights and assert them,” she said.

The crowd then filled the Council Chambers and, along with landlords, participated in several hours of public testimony.

In the end the Council voted 4-3 to direct staff to draft a rent ordinance that would cap rent increases at 3% per year on apartments built before 1995 and be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016. It will exempt duplexes and triplexes if a property owner or family member lived in one of the units.

The ordinance will include a just cause eviction policy covering all rental properties in the city. It would allow landlords to evict renters for a number of reasons, including a “habitual” nonpayment of rent, creating a nuisance or to withdraw the apartment from the market. It would also allow temporary removal of residents for capital improvements.

A companion measure to place a moratorium on rent increase of more than 3% for 45 days while city staff drafted the ordinance was presented as an “urgency ordinance” since it had not fulfilled notice requirements under the state’s open government law. That meant it needed 5 of 7 votes from the Council. Proponents could only garner four votes so they will bring it back at the next council meeting.

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Santa Rosa Press Democrat  Santa Rosa City Council votes in favor of rent control

 

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Sonoma County Workers Overwhelmingly Ratify Contract

County Board of Supervisors to Vote on Contract at March 15 Meeting

Santa Rosa, CA — More than 2,100 Sonoma County workers overwhelmingly ratified a contract Saturday, following a year’s worth of tense negotiations with County Administrators and a three-day strike protesting the County’s unfair labor practices. The contract takes effect after ratified by the Board on March 15.

Workers rallied around the County’s rising economic inequality and fought for the improvement of public services and restoration of affordable healthcare to County employees and their families.

To keep up with the rising cost of living, including the skyrocketing cost of housing, the contract for County workers’ two-year contract secures a 3% cost-of-living allowance each year. In a major step towards making family healthcare more affordable, workers County workers will receive an 80% flat equivalent of the Kaiser HMO rate.

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Tentative Agreement Reached in Sonoma County

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Bargaining Team Unanimously Recommends Contract Ratification

It is with honor that your bargaining team is announcing that SEIU 1021 and County of Sonoma has reached a tentative agreement. We achieved a 3% COLA effective 3/1/2016 plus a 3% COLA effective 3/1/2017. We have a major victory on the Health Care Premium Contribution and were able to obtain the County to contribute the 80% flat equivalent of the Kaiser HMO with a 4% inflator in the second year towards our healthcare.

We have made history in Sonoma County and have set a new level of unity, strength, and dedication to our workforce. A new era has begun for us. We have shown the County that we are workforce who will no longer hide in the shadows. We are workforce that is united and no longer divided. You all should be proud of what we have accomplished together. You made it possible for us to win at the table.

Workers who committed themselves to the goal of achieving a fair contract and remained engaged and active during our Strike and other worksite actions gave the bargaining team the leverage needed to close these negotiations with a victory.

It is extremely important that all members attend the General Membership Meeting on Wednesday February 24, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. Your bargaining team will be going over the tentative contract agreement

For those who are ready to vote, you will have an opportunity to do so at the General Membership meeting. For those who need time to digest the information, we will have a schedule of the voting dates in the various work sites so you have time to review the materials. We know how important it is for all of you to have time to review and think about your decision. It is essential that we get a massive turn out of full members to come out and do the vote.

We look forward to seeing you all at the General Membership. We are forever grateful for our membership. Thank you for Standing Up Together!

#StandUpSonomaCounty

Download a copy of the voting schedule (PDF)

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Closer than ever! Keep up the FIGHT

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Your bargaining team isn’t done with the County yet. We stayed with the mediator until nearly midnight last night as we worked to iron out some of the key pieces to our next contract. While mediation is confidential, we can begin to see the major outlines of what this contract will look like. The ethos your team constantly keeps in their mind is: “Is this a better deal for the members? Does this help people?” The good news is that the contract we are seeing take shape is better for the members—and it does help the workers we are representing.

After last night we only have 3 sessions left with this mediator. Both sides seem ready to make something happen before the mediator leaves. We believe we can get a contract with the help of our energetic membership. The fight’s not over, but this round may be nearing an end.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Wednesday, February 24
Veteran’s Memorial Building
1351 Maple Ave. in Santa Rosa.
Dinner served at 5:30
Meeting begins at 6:00pm.

We will need as many members there as possible because we will either be explaining a new contract that will be offered for ratification or discussing the next steps in our struggle for a fair
contract. Plan on attending either way!!

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Download a PDF copy of the General Membership meeting flyer

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The Fight Isn’t Over!

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Forgive the late bargaining update; we’ve had a long week.

To start, your Contract Action Team (CAT) has held planning meetings once a week to come up with new actions for you to engage in and they haven’t failed. The large group of members from all over the county brings an enthusiastic boost of energy to our field campaign and lots of great ideas! Here are some choices of actions for you to attend/engage in:

Tonight, Friday, February 5: Years of Recognition Service Awards Dinner at Sally’s Tomatoes, Sonoma Mountain Village, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. We are asking all SEIU honorees and their guests to wear the color PURPLE. Continue to show your strong solidarity for a Fair Contract

For those not attending as a recipient or guest we are asking you to enjoy an evening at Sally Tomatoes Restaurant (next to the event and at your own cost) for dinner. Wear your PURPLE also. Mingle with your
co-workers and show your support for a FAIR Contract.

TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 9TH
PURPLE UP DAY ALL DAY

-Board of Supervisors Chambers from 9:30 to 10:30 am
The Board will be honoring County Employees for their work on the United Way Combined Drive. Come and show your support for the SEIU Members. We are asking the honorees to wear PURPLE to continue to show your strong support for a Fair Contract. Members drop in during your break and sit in the audience in Purple and show your support for your co workers.

TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 9TH
NOON TIME RALLY – BE THERE!
No Contract, No Peace!

Stand Strong and Support Your Bargaining Team!
Lunch provided – Please use your own transportation

Make plans to stay for the Public Open Mic
Session at 2:00pm!

Also, this week your negotiating team has worked through 2 long days and nights at the table with the mediator and Management. We remain resolved to win a good contract and give our members a much needed raise and rest after 8 years of stagnant wages and more than 6 months of this contract fight. We continue to put pressure on the Board of Supervisors and the individual departments and we know they have got to be tired of seeing us by now. As the negotiating team has said before, we are willing to stay at the table all night long if that is what it takes to get the contract you have all been fighting for.

Stay strong and attend these actions put on by your CAT!!

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No Contract, No Peace

SonomaStateofTheCountyAction

What an amazing morning!

Members, your team is thoroughly impressed by the incredible action that many of you participated in at the State of the County event. You, along with our community allies and the Engineers and Scientists Union, made a direct statement to the Board of Supervisors and their top management that business as usual is over until we get a contract that provides fair wages and healthcare access. This was the most enthusiastic action since our ULP Strike and the feeling of the crowd was similar. They will not forget us!

Your team was back at the bargaining table by 11 am yesterday for a meet and confer meeting about the two new healthcare networks that the County wants to offer this spring, and many of our questions were answered. However, the team we met with was unable to provide us documentation that we asked for and still left some questions unanswered. We will meet with them again to sort out the remaining issues.

Our afternoon session included a mediator. While we consider the County’s declaration of impasse premature, illegal, and an unfair labor practice the State Mediation Service was still required to appoint a mediator and begin the process while we go to court to prove our position. So, the same confidentiality rules apply as the last time we went through mediation and specifics of any proposals cannot be released. Suffice to say that this was only our first meeting with the mediator and we worked until 7:30 pm to make our case.

The County was unable to provide us with an acceptable total settlement yesterday but we worked on other issues and are hoping for the best next week when we meet again.

As always, keep up the pressure!! Our actions inside and outside the worksite matter and we are wearing on the County’s ability to pretend this is status quo. Stay tuned for our next action, we want the BOS to expect us everywhere they go from now on!

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