20. December 2018 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags:

It’s been an honor to serve as your chapter president these last four years, and it was a real treat to cap things off with a fun holiday party and meet and greet with our awesome new School Board and Board of Supervisors members last night.As I step down, I want to take a minute to appreciate our hardworking leaders, members, and activists who serve the kids of San Francisco day in and day out. Whether you keep our schools clean and safe, organize internal operations, directly serve families in our school offices, make sure our kids don’t go hungry, or keep the public informed and engaged at our radio station, I am proud to stand beside you and be part of your union.

I’m also excited to see what comes next. In my role as a steward, I’ll be working on special projects and helping out members with day-to-day worksite issues under the leadership of Anthony Mills, our Chief Steward. Anthony is a fierce advocate for a fair and equitable workplace.

Rafael Picazo will be steering the ship this year, applying the wisdom of his 3 decades of SFUSD experience and leadership to the needs of our members. I have had the pleasure of working with Rafael on the leadership team since I was elected chapter president, and his deep knowledge of District operations has been immensely helpful to the work we’ve done.

I’m also pleased to report that Lorraine Bowser will continue to represent us on the SEIU 1021 Executive Board and be a champion there for the needs of schools workers. Lorraine has been fighting the good fight for our cafeteria workers and others as a member of the bargaining team for 25 years.

We are lucky to have such strong leaders to support the work of our members. I hope you will consider stepping up at your worksite in the coming year to help us build our support network across the District. We’ll have officer and bargaining team elections later this year, and we’ll be putting together action teams for several special projects. There’s never been a better time to get involved and help lead the fight!

Thank you for your support, hard work, and membership these last four years. I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve. Here’s to a bright future!


  Josh Davidson

PS: If you’ve moved, or if your membership has lapsed, you can use this handy link to get back on the member rolls. We are stronger together, and we need you with us!

18. December 2018 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags:

See you Wednesday for a Party!

Bring your Freedom Foundation Postcard for an extra raffle ticket Wednesday night, we’ll gather to celebrate a year of major accomplishments. We’ve begun building a new student meals program, won two raises for all of our members and funding for professional development, and elected a great new school board that will fight for better schools for San Francisco Families. We’re also saying goodbye to our field rep, Jesse Tangk, and welcoming Rafael Picazo as our new Chapter President.

Lots of you have probably gotten a postcard from the Freedom Foundation asking you to stop supporting your union. Please bring those postcards to us tomorrow so we can return them and show the anti-union forces that we know how to stick together! As a bonus, when you bring your Freedom Foundation postcard you get an extra ticket for our prize raffle.

If you’re not currently a member of the union, make sure your membership is updated before the party.

I can’t wait to see you Wednesday!


Josh

13. December 2018 · 1 comment · Categories: News · Tags:

Why Your Membership Matters

In August, SFUSD responded to an information request about our members based on their interpretation of their legal responsibility. As a result, this week, the Freedom Foundation is sending out postcards targeting our members to try and break them off from union solidarity.

Make no mistake, this is an attack on our power at work and at the bargaining table. It’s an attack on our ability to negotiate fair pay and high quality services for the kids and families of San Francisco. We must stand together and tell these right-wing organizations WE ARE UNITED.

Just this year, SEIU 1021 at SFUSD negotiated almost $7 million in raises for our members, additional hours and professional development for clerks and SNS workers, and improvements to work protections and career ladders. That work goes on, but we need each of you to stand together to make real progress.

United in our union, we’ve not only won strong contracts and enforced them but also amplified the voices of working people in our economy and society. So-called “right to work,” funded by the corporate elites and the wealthy 1%, seeks to take away our ability to join together to negotiate a fair return on our work. Ultimately, their goal is to privatize public services and pay bottom-of-the-barrel wages to line their own pockets.

While these are real challenges for us, they’re not insurmountable if we hold firmly to the values that unite us: fairness, freedom, and equal opportunity for everyone to succeed. This moment in our history is calling on all of us, as union members and as members of a social and economic justice movement, to stick together and use our power in numbers.

Stand with us. I believe that we will win.

Josh

11. December 2018 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags:

Bill Fletcher, Jr., co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, is a columnist and long-time activist. He served as President of TransAfrica Forum and was formerly the Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. He is the author of They are bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions.

03. December 2018 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags:

The Steward Team
Anthony Mills

Custodial Supervisor at 801 Toland, Chief Steward – 415-424-8649

Shem Korngold (Español)
Education Integration Specialist at Cook St, Steward – 415-819-2899

Tracy Brown (Español)
Substitute Clerk, Steward – 415-509-7266

Ken Tsui (广东话, 官话)
Custodian at Lowell, 415-308-5790

Gesner Nazaire
Custodian at Cesar Chavez, Steward – 415-374-3584

Jeanine Butler
Cafeteria Worker at Cleveland, Steward – 415-670-0055

SEIU 1021 Staff Field Representative
Jesse Tangk

510-710-0188 – jesse.tangk@seiu1021.org

Other Chapter Officers who can help
Lorraine Bowser
SEIU Executive Board Rep, Cafeteria Worker at Downtown HS – 415-370-6569

Josh Davidson
Chef at SOTA, Chapter President – 415-610-5709 (fax 415-418-6051)

Rafael Picazo
Director of Environmental Safety at 135 Van Ness, Chapter VP – 650-520-6457

Jeanette Coleman
Clerk at 20 Cook St, Chapter Treasurer – 415-571-6881

Arlene Sharp
Cafeteria Worker at Malcom X, Chapter Secretary – 415-370-0498

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

Welcome New School Board Members – Faauuga Moliga, Gabriela Lopez, Alison Collins

SEIU 1021 member Faauuga Moliga, UESF member Gabriela Lopez, and Families Union leader Alison Collins were elected to the school board this week! Gabriela and Alison will be sworn in to their seats in January, and Faauuga Moliga will continue his term after being appointed by Mayor Breed last month.We’re proud and excited to work with these powerful advocates for our kids. If you see them walking the halls of 555 Franklin or visiting your school, please give them a warm SEIU welcome!

SFUSD Board members Matt Haney and Shamann Walton are joining the SF Board of Supervisors, and Commissioner Emily Murase will be focusing on her advocacy for women and families at the City Commission on the Status of Women. These board members have done great work in the last several years building better and more equitable schools. We wish them the best in their new projects, and know they’ll always keep SFUSD kids in their hearts.

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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