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 

26. October 2018 · Comments Off on Facebook: October 26, 2018 at 10:29AM · Categories: News · Tags:

from SEIU at SFUSD
What’s In Your Contract? Retirement and Health –
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26. October 2018 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags:

What’s In Your Contract?

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 board elected 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) plan for 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 board negotiates 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 vision and dental coverage. You can additionally sign up for a Flexible Spending Account to 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 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags:

What’s In Your Contract?

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 board elected 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) plan for 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 board negotiates 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 vision and dental coverage. You can additionally sign up for a Flexible Spending Account to 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 Welcome new Board of Education Commissioner, and SEIU 1021 Member, Faauuga Moliga! · Categories: News, Vote!

SEIU 1021 is excited and proud that Mayor London Breed has appointed our member, Faauuga Moliga, to fill the school board seat vacated by Hydra Mendoza McDonnell.

It’s important that we all VOTE for him to stay on the board this November 6, because his appointed term expires at the end of the year. Let’s keep the momentum for our kids!

Mayor London Breed and Commissioner Faauuga Moliga celebrate

We’ll miss Hydra, who was instrumental in getting permanent jobs for our clerks and cafeteria workers, but it’s a refreshing change to have a classified worker with real experience serving families and youth join the board.

Commissioner Moliga is a social worker and member in the Department of Public Health chapter.

“Faauuga has spent his entire life in service to our community,” Breed said in a statement. “His direct, firsthand experience with our public schools, his deep community ties, and his expertise in developing holistic programs that support our youth, particularly those whose lives have been impacted by trauma, give him a unique perspective that I am confident will immediately benefit the Board of Education and our students.”

Photo courtesy of SF Chronicle

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.

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

Learn and Organize Together

Next Wednesday, we will get together for our chapter meetings and provide updates on your raise, harassment and discrimination issues, the SNS minimum schedules, sick leave donation policy, and other major projects.

3pm-4pm – By Phone 415-697-1148
5:30pm-7pm – In Person
350 Rhode Island St
(on the 9, 9R, 10, 19, 22, 33, and 55 bus lines)