After nine difficult months, we’ve won a strong next contract at Tenderloin Housing Clinic
We did it! When we began bargaining, management came to the table
proposing only takeaways. They wanted us to give up benefits we
had already secured while proposing no new pay increases, but we
stood our ground. It wasn’t easy. We
told our stories to the media. We went on strike.
But most importantly, we stayed united and we didn’t give up.
“This TA was only possible because workers at THC stayed united. We fought back and refused to cave into management’s proposed concessions. We stood up to the city, demanding better for our workforce, clients, and community. This agreement is proof of what we can win when we stand together as a union,” said Evan Oravec, a community organizer at THC and our union’s Chapter President.
We’ll be voting to ratify the new tentative agreement on Friday, September 2. [Voting details here].
Click here to read the full language of our tentative agreement.
Here’s a summary of what we won:
Wages: We secured significant across-the-board
wage increases, ranging from 7-35% depending on classification
with an average increase for the bargaining unit of 22%,
effective immediately. Workers whose positions are funded by a
City department other than Homelessness and Supportive Housing
will receive the same increases as workers funded by HSH in the
same classification. The base rates will be increased by
different amounts depending on classification, and the pay for
anyone currently paid above the base will be increased by the
same dollar amount as the increase to the base.
Insurance: No increase to the share paid by
members. Previously, we negotiated language stating that if
Kaiser increases their cost by 5% during the lifetime of the
contract the union and employer must negotiate over the effect
of that increase. In our new contract, that amount was
increased to 8.5%, giving us even more protections for our
Time off: When employees are feeling stressed
out, they can request to take three mental health days off with
pay to recover. We added Cesar Chavez Day and Juneteenth as
paid holidays. We also won another floating holiday, bringing
the total number from three up to four.
Longevity bonuses: Employees will receive the
bonuses at certain anniversaries of their hiring to reward them
for longevity with the organization:
- 3 years of service: $500
- 6 years of service: $700
- 9 years of service: $800
- 12, 15, 18, and 20 years: $900
- Expanding our union: We were able to organize non-union employees of THC into our union, meaning that 5 positions will now be covered by our contract. These workers will receive 7% wage increases.