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.

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 

24. August 2018 · Comments Off on Take Your Breaks! · Categories: Civil Service, Your Rights

Now that everyone is back to school, it’s time for the annual reminder that you should never give up your lunch or break. Taking time to rest and care for yourself is an important part of staying healthy.

For every four hours you work, you are entitled to a 15 minute paid rest break. Interruptions cost the employer 15 minutes, so if your rest break is interrupted by a supervisor directing you to perform work the timer starts over.

For shifts 6 hours or longer, you are entitled to a 30 minute or 1 hour duty-free lunch. Unless your supervisor presents an actual business need for your lunch to be a specific length, it is up to your discretion to schedule it.

Interruptions to lunch that cause you to perform work cost the employer no less than 15 minutes.

You may not schedule your lunch at the very beginning or end of your shift, causing you to arrive late or leave early. You may leave campus during your unpaid, duty-free lunch period: the employer is not allowed to control your location during lunch. If the employer controls your location for any reason, you are not at lunch and must be paid for your time.

References:

14. August 2018 · Comments Off on Assistant Houseparent Exam Application – Open NOW! · Categories: Civil Service, Your Contract

Also: 2708 Custodian1444 Secretary I1446 Secretary II

We are excited to inform you that the exam announcement for the 2672 Children’s Center Assistant Houseparent is posted at: https://www.jobapscloud.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=CBT&R2=2672&R3=902833. Please note that the announcement is set to close on August 24, 2018.  If you want to take the examinations, you must submit your application prior to the announcement closing date.  

Information regarding the examinations will also be posted on OASIS. You must apply as indicated on the Examination Announcement. This video will help guide you through the steps.

We strongly encourage you to take the examination. Below are helpful FAQs. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:

SFUSD-HR:  Swen Ervin – ervins1@sfusd.edu

SEIU 1021: Jesse Tangk – Jesse.Tangk@seiu1021.org

Thank you and best of luck with the exams!

Common Questions about the Exam Process

If I am a substitute Assistant Houseparent, do I need to take the exam?

We encourage everyone to take the exam because it gives you the option of becoming permanent if you wish to become a regularly scheduled employee in the near future and a vacancy should arise. If you wish to remain a substitute for the foreseeable future, it is suggested that you take the test, but not required.

Why can’t we be grandfathered in?

San Francisco Civil Service requires that you take a validated exam based on the duties of the classification to become a permanent civil service employee. The goal of the merit system is to make sure all public employees are qualified to do the important work of government. There is no faster or simpler process for getting a permanent position.

What if I am unable to attend the exam date?

If you have an unavoidable circumstance that will physically prevent you from being able to take the exam, please contact City DHR after you have been given an exam appointment. They will let you know your available options. You may or may not be granted an accommodation at City DHR’s discretion, so we strongly encourage you to keep the last two weeks of June open until you receive your exam appointment.

What will be on the exam?

Broadly speaking, civil service exams are designed to test that you have the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary for your first day on the job. If you have been performing the job already for some time, the exam will be testing you on things you already do day-to-day.

When will I know if I passed?

After the exam, DHR will score all of the exams and create the list. You will be notified whether or not you passed the exam and, if you passed, you will also be told what your rank is on the list via an email from DHR.

05. June 2018 · Comments Off on Sign up for Exam Prep Classes · Categories: Civil Service, Special Events
1424/1426 Clerks exam prep classes – June 18, 19, 20 at the Union Hall.
Please RSVP so we can order food!
Same material each night, so choose the one that works best for you

5:30pm, 350 Rhode Island St – Suite 100 South
on the 19, 22, 55 bus lines and near the 33 and 9

07. May 2018 · Comments Off on Civil Service Exam Prep Books · Categories: Civil Service

While you’re waiting to get your appointment for the 1424/1426 exam, you should stop by the library and check out a study guide!

Here’s a list of what’s available by branch.

Stay tuned for news about prep classes very soon

04. May 2018 · Comments Off on Drop-In Application Help at 135 Van Ness · Categories: Civil Service, Your Rights

Stop by this afternoon or Monday afternoon from 4-6 for help submitting an application for 1424 or 1426 civil service exams! We’ll be announcing dates and times for prep classes soon.

05. March 2017 · Comments Off on Civil Service Updates March 2017 · Categories: Civil Service, News

Clerical (1424/26) Testing Scheduled by City!

The City of San Francisco has taken over the 1424/1426 Testing process, and has scheduled the test for first quarter of 2018. Contact Darin Conley in HR if you would like to be a Subject Matter Expert for the test development.

1930 Warehouse Worker PBT in development

The District is now developing a position based test to open permanent jobs for our warehouse workers.

Other PBTs Coming Up

We are actively working with the District to develop tests for Radio Announcer Operators, Transportation Schedulers, Assistant Houseparents, and other often-overlooked small classifications. We are also working on bringing back Shade and Drapery Worker positions. Stay tuned for updates, or contact Josh with offers of help and questions.

23. February 2016 · Comments Off on The City is Holding a Test in Clerical Classes! · Categories: Civil Service, News

These aren’t the district classifications, but this is an opportunity to get a permanent clerical job in the city. Also, if you work with your supervisor to create a 1402/4/6/8/10 permanent position in your department, they can “borrow” this list from the city if you are reachable.

These postings are accepting applications through next Friday, March 4, except for 1402 Junior Clerk and 1458 Legal Secretary I, which close this Friday. You can see the salary scale, minimum qualifications, and job descriptions on JobAps.

25. September 2015 · Comments Off on SNS Permanent Job Applications October 7 and 8! · Categories: Civil Service, SNS

It’s finally time!

If you are interested in a permanent job in the Student Nutrition department, the jobs will post to the city’s online application system JobAps on October 7 and 8.

Get Ready
You can complete or update the Master Application now to make sure applying for the jobs will be as easy as possible. If it tells you your “registration already exists” and you need your password, call 415-557-4800 and ask for help.

What are the Minimum Qualifications?
To be a permanent 2615 worker, you must have a food handler card and 6 months working in a kitchen, along with a high school diploma or equivalent. To be a 2616 lead, you must have a food safety manager’s certificate (“Serv-Safe”). If you need help getting qualified, call Josh at 415-610-5709 or talk to your area supervisor.

Help is Available
To make sure your application goes smoothly, help will be available at 135 Van Ness in the first floor classrooms from 8am – 6pm both days.

When you’re done
Please call Mary Sanders at 510-219-8908 so we can mark you on the list.

What happens next?
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you’ll get an appointment for a test the week before or after Thanksgiving. If everything goes smoothly, the scoring, protest, and list certification will be done by mid-January; there are a few possible delays, but we’ll keep you posted. Get the “What’s Next” flyer to share with your coworkers.