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 

25. October 2018 · Comments Off on CBA 4 – Translation · Categories: Your Contract, Your Rights

What’s In Your Contract? Article 4 – Translation and Distribution

“Upon ratification… the District and Union shall cause this contract to be translated into Spanish and Chinese.”

It’s important that all of our members can read and use their contract. Because so many of our members speak and read languages other than English at home, the union and the district should provide translated versions of the contract for easier understanding. As a union, we have also discussed adding a tagalog translation to the contract.

Unfortunately, because of the cost, we have not distributed a properly translated contract since 2013. This is where we need your help: I know we have many bilingual members who can assist with translation, and we can pay for your time to do so. If you are able to help and work some extra hours, please contact Jesse Tangk, Tracy Brown, or Ken Tsui.

Article 4.2 specifies that when we file grievances or lawsuits, we do so with the English-language version of the contract.

Articles 4.3 and 4.4 cover distribution of the contract. The contract is to be posted online (see draft here) and hand delivered or sent through school mail to all members. A copy of the contract is also provided to all principals, site administrators, and new hires.

We are currently waiting to resolve a couple of changes in Articles 8 and 9 based on new state laws, and the final calculation of the Prop G salary supplement, before we send the current contract to the printers.

Next week we’ll start in on Article 5 – Compensation and Benefits. It’s the biggest article of the contract, so I’ll deal with it in pieces.

20. October 2018 · Comments Off on Register and Vote! · Categories: Vote!, Your Rights

Our Endorsements

November 22 is the last day to register! If you are not registered yet, you can register online today

Why wait? There are lots of ways to vote early!

19. October 2018 · Comments Off on Call Members to Support Our Candidates · Categories: Stand Up!, Vote!, Your Rights

Working families should all have a safe, healthy and affordable place to call home. Together we can take back our democracy from billionaires who seek to rig our economy.

Call members to inform them and get them involved! October 15-18, 22-25, 29-31
4-8pm (come for an hour or more)
350 Rhode Island St., #100 South
RSVP to michael.weinberg@seiu1021.org 415-717-2185

27. August 2018 · Comments Off on September 19: Important Hearing About Racism in Our City Departments · Categories: News, Stand Up!, Your Rights





Speak Out for Equity
September 19

SF Board of Supervisors’ Government Audit and Oversight Committee

On September 19 at 11 AM, the Government Audit and Oversight Committee will be conducting a hearing regarding racism and discrimination in SF City & County Departments. Come and testify about discrimination you have experienced working for SF City and County.

Workers across the City have spoken out about unfair treatment and unnecessary disciplines against their coworkers and the disproportionate targeting of African American workers. They’ve
spoken out about the lack of diversity in some departments, citing that certain ethnicities are hired for particular job types based on racial stereotypes. Others have seen the disproportionate number
of African American workers threatened with separation from probation if they did not agree to extend their probation period.

We’re demanding an end to these threats and unfair treatment. We are asking city leaders to address the systemic issues leading to the unfair treatment of workers of color. Show that you stand against injustice, hate, and ignorance and join us at this hearing on Wednesday, September 19.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 19 11 AM – 1 PM

WHAT: Government Audit and Oversight hearing regarding discrimination in SF City & County Departments.

WHERE: SF City Hall, RM 250
RSVP with the Member Resource Center: (510) 350-9811.

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. June 2018 · Comments Off on June Chapter Meeting – Weds June 27 · Categories: News, Your Rights

Summer is a great time to get involved and build power for workers! Join us for food, fellowship, and updates on important news that impacts your work. We’ll update you on civil service testing, the parcel tax, your July raise, and the community schools initiative. Bring items you would like to discuss, or contact your steward! Print and share the flyer with your coworkers

Wednesday, June 27 – 5:30-7pm

At the SEIU Union Hall

350 Rhode Island St, Suite 100 South

On the 10, 19, 22, and 55 bus

2 blocks from the 33, 9, and 9R

 

You must be an SEIU member to attend. If you are not currently a member you will be asked to sign a member card when you arrive.

 

RSVP online

or call the Member Resource Center

at 877-OUR-1021 (877-687-1021)

MUST RSVP FOR DINNER

05. June 2018 · Comments Off on Come to the June 12th Board Meeting · Categories: Stand Up!, Your Rights

This will be a big one! We demand justice for the families at Malcom X school who could have their space taken away by a new charter.

We also demand safe, healthy schools protected by our environmental health workers.

We demand respect for classified staff in all district decisions.

Join us and speak out for your schools!

June 12, 6pm
555 Franklin St, 94102

RSVP to Tracy

11. May 2018 · Comments Off on Sick Leave Donations – What You Need to Know · Categories: Stand Up!, Your Contract, Your Rights

In the 2016-2017 Contract, SEIU added language to support donation of sick leave to your coworkers. Unlike some other units, we don’t have a limited “open enrollment” period or a “bank” to manage, instead we collect donations for each individual who needs leave.

How to Donate
First, let us know you have leave available that you’re willing to donate.

If you already know whom you want to donate to, you can download the donation form here and turn it in to any steward.

Otherwise, we’ll keep you informed when members need donations, and ask you to fill out a donation form for each member in need.

One of our stewards will collect the forms for each member in need and deliver them to Labor Relations.

Donations will be used in a cycle, 2 hours at a time. Any unused leave will be returned after the member’s needs have been met.

How to Request a Donation
Just let any steward know you need help. Gesner Nazaire at Cesar Chavez is your steward in charge of catastrophic leave.

You must meet the eligibility requirements:

  1. Unable to work because of your (or an immediate family member’s) illness or injury for at least 30 days
  2. All of your sick leave will be used up
  3. You have documentation of your medical need*
  4. You are eligible for accrued sick leave
  • We respect your privacy: you do not need to tell us, or HR, the specific nature of your medical condition. We only need “a statement signed by a doctor, dentist, podiatrist, licensed clinical psychologist or Christian Science practitioner with information sufficient to certify your illness”

Read all the details in your contract