City of Richmond
City of Richmond part-time workers ratified their new Memorandum of Understanding unanimously last week. The new agreement brings the part-time contract into alignment with the fulltime agreement for the first time in years, and brings big wins to the group, including their first COLAs since 2015, a pro-rated signing bonus, a classification and compensation study, improved bilingual pay and shoe allowances, a simplified, strengthened grievance procedure, and new, stronger union rights.
Term: July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025
January 1, 2023 – 5.0%
January 1, 2024 – 4.0%
January 1, 2025 – 4.0%
We have reached a tentative agreement with the City of Richmond for the part-time contract. Our elected Bargaining Team recommends a YES vote.
Here are some contract highlights:
In Richmond and Oakland, 1021 members have seen the power of unity pay off. Oakland’s Head Start program, which offers free early childhood education and family services to low-income residents, was scheduled to take big cuts, including closing three locations. Members and community partners spoke out against these cuts, and Oakland’s City Council voted to allocate money to keep the Franklin, Arroyo Viejo, and Tassafaronga sites open, without cuts or layoffs.
On August 1 and 2, the City Of Richmond Workers’ bargaining team ran a ratification vote. The ballots were counted last night Thursday, September 2. The membership overwhelmingly voted to ratify the new Union contract.
Dear City of Richmond Co-workers:
The elected Bargaining Team has reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) for our full contract. Below is the TA ratification schedule. Our Bargaining Team recommends a ‘YES’ vote. More details on the TA will be shared soon. Our Bargaining Team recommends a ‘YES’ vote.
Dear City of Richmond Co-workers:
Your elected bargaining team is united and fighting for every member of your union. But we can’t do it without you!
We need rank and file members to call in to City Council meetings on Tuesday nights to share their stories. As a union, our strength comes from our numbers, and we need to show Council and the Mayor that our numbers are strong and our members—not just our Bargaining Team—are united.
CITY OF RICHMOND CHAPTER MEETING
& BARGAINING KICK-OFF
THURSDAY, MAY 13
NOON – 1:30 P.M.
450 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA
MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED
Just hours after our last update, the City pulled out of the fact-finding process and withdrew their cruel, concessionary proposal for furlough days and healthcare contributions for our members.
Now we will sit down and bargain a strong contact for our members.
Plain and simple: because management refuses to withdraw its old concessionary proposal, a proposal that requires furlough days and healthcare contributions from our members. The City has no financial need for concessions.
After the fact-finding sessions, the City agreed to write a revised bargaining proposal. Four months have passed, but the City has not yet provided a new proposal.
City of Richmond Chapter, SEIU Local 1021
2021 Chapter Board & Bargaining Team Elections: Election Notice & Method of Nominations
These elections will determine Chapter Board Officers and Bargaining Team members as follows:
Chapter Board Officers
- Vice President
- Chief Steward
- COPE Coordinator/Delegate
The term of office shall be for two (2) years, ending on March 31, 2023.
Electing three strong progressives to City Council means we finally have representatives who will stand up to Mayor Tom Butt’s bad ideas and misguided priorities.
Claudia Jimenez, Gayle McLaughlin, and Melvin Willis will put working families first and won’t try to balance the budget on City workers’ backs. With our community partners, including ACCE, APEN, IFPTE Local 21, and the Contra Costa County Labor Council, we helped elect these candidates and pass Measure U, a progressive business tax. These wins will make Richmond a better, fairer city.
Richmond Residents Deserve Services & City of Richmond Workers Deserve a New Contract
That’s Why We ALL Need to VOTE
We have to stop the Mayor’s cruel service cuts and get a fair contract. The only way we can do this is increase City revenue and elect City Council members who will stand up to Mayor Butt and big coal and put Richmond’s working families first.
Vote for the following revenue measures:
- YES on Richmond’s Measure U
- YES on Prop 15 (Schools & Communities First)
Support these candidates for City Council:
Our contract expires on June 30. The City’s plan for us is: extensive furloughs and expensive employee contributions to medical benefits, while they still sit on seventeen million dollars of unspent reserves. This is an all-hands-on-deck situation and we need everybody to step up and get involved.
Our contract expires on June 30, and our elected Bargaining Team has met with the City’s representatives twice, but they still have not made us an offer!
With less than a week before City Council must by law pass a balanced budget, we have yet to receive any written proposal from the City of Richmond’s negotiating team.
It’s not just us, either: the City has not even met with our labor allies in IFPTE Local 21!
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is wrecking the City’s budget. They said they had a deficit of $29 million, and they proposed to fix that problem the same way they always do: cutting services to the public and laying us off. According to the Mayor, “everything is on the table,” which means we’re on the chopping block.
Working in partnership with other unions, including Local 21, the police, and the firefighters, we closed their budget gap from $29 million to under $6 million, completely without service cuts, furloughs, or layoffs.
Come to the Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 16: 12:15 p.m., Richmond Auditorium (403 Civic Center Plaza)
- Bargaining Update
- Meet the New Lead Negotiator
- Field Rep Update
- Lunch Will Be Provided
Don’t Forget to Purple Up Every Tuesday!
Our Strength Comes from Our Solidarity
SEIU 1021 Richmond Members Are Standing Up for a Fair Contract
After meeting with City negotiators and rallying to send City Council a strong message, we have three important updates for SEIU 1021 City of Richmond members.
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