11. December 2018 · Comments Off on Holiday Party – December 19! · Categories: News · Tags:

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Don’t miss our 🎆 Holiday Party December 19! 🎆 RSVP to MRC 877-687-1021 – https://ift.tt/2QKAZev

07. November 2018 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags:

What is this “Living Wage – Classified BW” line on my check? Is it a one time thing?

Good news! Your raise has arrived, funded by the Prop G (June 2018) Parcel Tax. It’s included in a separate line-item on your check labeled “Living Wage – Classified BW” because the amount is fixed at 3.875% of the July 1, 2018 salary schedule.

The parcel tax is in effect for 20 years, so this line item will continue on your check for at least that long. Stay tuned in about 15 years because we’ll probably ask for your help to reauthorize this funding to support our schools in the future.

There will be a retroactive component covering earlier pay periods back to July 1, but it’s currently held up by the City Controller’s office. Taxes approved by voter initiative can be challenged in court for a period of time after they are passed, so the Controller is waiting for the end of that “validation period” before releasing the new revenue to the district. When those funds are released, you should see a lump sum on your check for the retroactive pay. We expect that will happen early in 2019.

02. November 2018 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags:

What’s in Your Contract? Insurance and EAP

Article 5.5 covers a few insurance-related benefits, mostly for permanent civil service employees. Civil service employees working at least 20 hours per week have long-term disability coverage that activates after 180 calendar days out of work and will replace up to 50% of your lost income, up to $1000 per month.

SFUSD also provides active employees with a term life insurance policy for the duration of your employment; this policy also covers dismemberment and other serious injuries that prevent you from working. Supplemental coverage for the employee and dependents is available if you are interested – the plan document has all the details.

5.5.2.1 details the District’s responsibility for the family of an employee who passes away. Unfortunately, changes in City statutes around employee health coverage limit our ability to extend coverage for families of employees hired after January 8, 2009. The District will proactively reach out to family members to make them aware of all available benefits to help them during their time of need.

5.5.3 reflects, compliant with Ed Code, that Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break are not breaks in continuous service for employees.

5.5.4 covers workers compensation and modified/light duty. More detail on this is contained in the Return to Work Policy.

5.5.5 provides that the District will continue paying the employer portion of all benefits while you are on a job-protected leave such as CFRA, FMLA, or using your sick leave (including donated leave):

When protected and paid leaves expire, and 12 additional weeks have passed, the District will cease paying these employer contributions.

CBA 5.5.5

5.5.6 allows for “blending” of disability payments and sick leave to retain 100% of your salary while you are on state disability leave.

The Employee Assistance Program in CBA 5.6 can provide a variety of confidential advice and assistance on financial, mental health, and addiction issues. EAP will also provide grief counselors to worksites in the event of the death of a coworker or other similar situation.

02. November 2018 · Comments Off on CBA 5.5-5.6 · Categories: News, Your Contract

What’s in Your Contract? Insurance and EAP

Article 5.5 covers a few insurance-related benefits, mostly for permanent civil service employees. Civil service employees working at least 20 hours per week have long-term disability coverage that activates after 180 calendar days out of work and will replace up to 50% of your lost income, up to $1000 per month.

SFUSD also provides active employees with a term life insurance policy for the duration of your employment; this policy also covers dismemberment and other serious injuries that prevent you from working. Supplemental coverage for the employee and dependents is available if you are interested – the plan document has all the details.

5.5.2.1 details the District’s responsibility for the family of an employee who passes away. Unfortunately, changes in City statutes around employee health coverage limit our ability to extend coverage for families of employees hired after January 8, 2009. The District will proactively reach out to family members to make them aware of all available benefits to help them during their time of need.

5.5.3 reflects, compliant with Ed Code, that Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break are not breaks in continuous service for employees.

5.5.4 covers workers compensation and modified/light duty. More detail on this is contained in the Return to Work Policy.

5.5.5 provides that the District will continue paying the employer portion of all benefits while you are on a job-protected leave such as CFRA, FMLA, or using your sick leave (including donated leave):

When protected and paid leaves expire, and 12 additional weeks have passed, the District will cease paying these employer contributions.

CBA 5.5.5

5.5.6 allows for “blending” of disability payments and sick leave to retain 100% of your salary while you are on state disability leave.

The Employee Assistance Program in CBA 5.6 can provide a variety of confidential advice and assistance on financial, mental health, and addiction issues. EAP will also provide grief counselors to worksites in the event of the death of a coworker or other similar situation.

01. November 2018 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags:

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Welcome!My name is Josh Davidson, and I’m the chapter president of SEIU 1021 here in the school district (I’m the one holding the mirror ball in the picture at left). I want to let you know about some resources to help you navigate the District, and let you know that you can reach out to our team with questions or if you need help. We stand together to build better schools for our kids!
It’s more important than ever that we all be members of the union. Public schools are under attack from  private profit-driven interests all across the country. We have to build our strength to protect good public services for all San Francisco families.
If you haven’t already signed a member card, it only takes a moment to sign up online. Please make sure your membership is complete today!
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Helpful Resources

Your Contract
SEIU Member Benefits
SEIU at SFUSD website
SEIU at SFUSD on Facebook
Subscribe to the SEIU 1021 Newswire
Ask for help
SFUSD Chapter event calendar (subscribe)
Benefits infoIf you have questions or need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out any time. I work at the SOTA kitchen 6am-2:30pm, and my number is 415-610-5709. Our field rep is Jesse Tangk, and you can reach him at 510-710-0188.

Solidarity,
Josh

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SEIU 1021 Member Convention – Keynote Address
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
is a civil rights leader, author, and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, a movement uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.
See more highlights from our member convention at 1021convention.org
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Learn and Organize Together

Wednesday November 28, we will get together for our chapter meetings and provide updates on our leadership transition, harassment and discrimination issues, the SNS minimum schedules, and other major projects.

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30. October 2018 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags:

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2708 Custodial Applications Open   Apply  Info…

Apply for the custodian Civil Service test until this Thursday at 5pm

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Cell Phone Use – Telecom Committee Other employees get paid when they have to use their phones for work – we should too! Help make that happen. Our first meeting is the morning of November 15. Sign up today so we can get you released to attend.
I should be paid for cell phone use!

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SEIU 1021 Member Convention – Keynote Address
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
is a civil rights leader, author, and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, a movement uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.
See more highlights from our member convention at 1021convention.org

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Erase Racism with SEIU 1021

I see and feel the anger and hurt about our people’s experiences with discrimination and racism.  I’ve been fighting it at my worksite for over 23 years. I’ve lost a few but I’ve won many. Show your strength by moving forward to what’s really important. You know we’re stronger when we’re united. – Valoria Russell-Benson, SEIU 1021 Member at Laguna HondaThe Erase Racism Committee meets every Monday @5:30 PM at 350 Rhode Island. 

 

The purpose of this committee is to strategize on how to effectively tackle this scourge of dehumanization and disenfranchisement in the workplace. In order for us to succeed we need the participation and support of ALL our brothers and sisters in this Union.

All MEMBERS Are invited. A call-in number is also available. RSVP to Theresa Rutherford or call 877-687-1021.

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Sick Leave Donation Info
We’ve had a number of inquiries from folks curious how to donate their sick leave or receive donations if they have a health issue. All the details are on our website, and steward Gesner Nazaire, custodian at Cesar Chavez, can help you with the process.

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Learn and Organize Together

Wednesday November 28, we will get together for our chapter meetings and provide updates on our leadership transition, harassment and discrimination issues, the SNS minimum schedules, and other major projects.

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30. October 2018 · Comments Off on CBA 5.2 – 5.4 · Categories: Civil Service, Union Perks, Your Contract

What’s In Your Contract?

Articles 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4 – Retirement, Health, and Dental

Retirement
Unlike every other school district in California, classified staff in SFUSD are not part of the CalPERS system. We participate with other civil service workers in the San Francisco Employee Retirement System (SFERS). SFERS is governed by a retirement boardelected by public employees in San Francisco. The retirement board makes important decisions about how your pension dollars are invested, and how much of your paycheck is contributed to pensions.

SFERS also provides for retiree health care, which is funded by a 2-3% contribution from member paychecks in City and County departments. In SFUSD, retiree healthcare benefits are instead paid for by QTEA tax revenues and do not come directly from your check.

Civil service employees become eligible for the retirement system upon permanent appointment, or after working 1040 hours in a 12 month period. Your specific benefits vary based on your hire date, and you can get all the details of your specific benefits at www.mysfers.org

SFERS Plan III A8.603 (hired on or after 1/7/2012)

SFERS Plan II A8.600 (hired on or after 7/1/2010 and before 1/7/2012)

SFERS Plan I A8.587 (hired on or after 11/2/1976 and before 7/1/2010)

SFERS Plan A8.509 (hired before 11/2/1976)

2018 Retiree Health Benefits Guide

You are entitled to a yearly consultation on retirement benefits, and can also voluntarily contribute to a 403(b) planfor additional retirement savings. For more information regarding 403b and 457 Plans, please contact Guillermo Garcia in the Payroll Operations Department at 241-6114, EXT.3075.

Health Insurance
Health insurance for SFUSD employees is provided through the San Francisco Health Service System. The HSS boardnegotiates rates and coverage details on our behalf, and your union negotiates the employer/employee split with the district. 

2019 Health Benefits Guide
WageWorks FSA Form

Dental and Vision
In SFUSD, all members who qualify for health insurance also qualify for visionand dentalcoverage. You can additionally sign up for a Flexible Spending Accountto save money on taxes for your personal health care spending.

There is a lifetime maximum benefit of $750 for orthodontia, per covered person. Each year your dental insurance will cover $1500-$2000, depending on whether your dentist participates in the Delta Premier program. Coverage starts at 70% for the first year, and goes up 10% per year you consistently visit the dentist, to a maximum of 100% coverage.

How to Qualify for Health Coverage
The qualification is a little complex – so I’ll break it down into a few categories.

1. Regularly scheduled workers who are assigned 30 or more hours per week
If you are hired into a regularly scheduled position (your check does not say “as needed”) and work at least 30 hours per week, you will qualify for health insurance on your first day of work.

2. Regularly scheduled and as-needed workers who work at least 20 hours per week, on average
If you average at least 20 hours per week for all hours worked between July 1 and June 30 in a year, you will be eligible for health insurance starting the following January 1, and must sign up during open enrollment.

3. Permanent Exempt employees working less than 20 hours per week
The District will cover 75% of the employee-only cost for the Kaiser plan if you are PEX and work less than half time

4. PEX workers in Student Nutrition Services
The District will cover 100% of the employee-only cost for the Kaiser plan if you are an employee of Student Nutrition appointed Permanent Exempt and don’t otherwise qualify for health insurance. This provision addressed one of the long-standing inequities for SNS workers who were improperly assigned. No current members fall into this category.

Retiree Dental
If you would like to keep your SFUSD dental coverage when you retire, you are able to pay out-of-pocket to maintain it for 18 months. Generally, it’s a better idea to sign up for the retiree dental coverage instead.

29. October 2018 · Comments Off on Contract – Art. 5 (part I) · Categories: Stand Up!, Union Perks, Your Contract, Your Rights

What’s In Your Contract?

Articles 5.0 and 5.1 – Compensation and Longevity

Article 5 is where wages and benefits live in our contract, except for leaves (in articles 12 and 13).

5.0 details the negotiated raises for the current term of the contract: 5% on July 1, 2017; 4% on July 1, 2018; 3% on July 1, 2019. Together with the parcel tax salary adjustment (more on that at our chapter meeting next week), our members will see a 15.875% increase over the three years of the contract – over 16% when you consider compound interest!

5.0.1 details the lump sum payment our members received on ratification of the contract in 2017. We negotiated a fixed-dollar lump sum payment because it provides extra benefit to our lowest-paid members, where percentage salary adjustments benefit our highest-paid members the most. It’s important that we make sure everyone gets a fair shake at affording life in the Bay Area.

5.02 details some salary adjustments for classes that have no incumbents, or did not for many years – these classes had fallen behind everyone else’s schedule, so when we hired a new shade and drapery worker the starting pay was only $17/hr.

COMMITTEE ALERT! There’s a committee in 5.0.2.4 that will start meeting soon to work on wages and hours for SNS workers. If you’re interesting in being involved, please contact Jesse Tangk so we can include you. We want lots of member representation on this committee.

5.1 Longevity Premium
To thank our most experienced members for sticking around, we have longevity premiums for members that have worked at least 10 or 15 years. At 10 years, it’s a 30 cent per hour premium, and at 15 years it’s 60 cents (up from a previous 40 cent premium). That works out to $24 or $48 per paycheck if you work full time.

New in this contract cycle, you don’t have to work a minimum schedule to qualify and previous city service counts for the 15 year level (it used to only count for the 10 year level).

Check your pay stub! If you have worked at least 10 years and are not currently receiving longevity pay, please let us know right away. The computer doesn’t always automatically set it up, so we need you to keep an eye out and report if you have a problem.

Next week we’ll look at 5.2 retirement, 5.3 health, and 5.4 dental (we get a lot of questions about these, so send me your questions and I’ll cover them in the explainer!)

26. October 2018 · Comments Off on Custodial Applications Open Now! · Categories: Civil Service, Your Rights

Sign up for the civil service test between this morning and next Thursday at 5pm!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants who previously applied for 2708 Custodian MUST REAPPLY in order to be considered for future vacancies.

1. Six (6) months (equivalent to 1040 hours) verifiable paid full time custodial or janitorial experience at a commercial building such as an office building, warehouse, retail or wholesale store, or non-profit agency or a commercial facility (such as a university, hospital, stadium, auditorium, hotel/motel, etc.); OR

2. Certificate of Completion of a Custodial Training Program equivalent to those certified by the City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency; OR

3. Verification of current enrollment in a Custodial Training course equivalent to those certified by the City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency at the time of application. Note: Candidates who are enrolled in a custodial training course at the time of application must submit verification of having completed the course (e.g. copy of certificate of completion), prior to appointment. Candidates will remain under waiver until such time that verification is provided. 

Recognized custodial training courses include, but not limited to, the following:
• City College of San Francisco Building Maintenance (Custodial Training) 
• Community Housing Partnership, Property Management/ Maintenance Program 
• Self Help for the Elderly, Housekeeping Program 
• Goodwill Industries Community Jobs Program (CJP) in a Janitor work assignment 
• Career Resources Development Center (CRDC) Maintrain Program 
• Toolworks Janitorial Training 
• JVS – Work Transforms Lives 
• Airport Commission 

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