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

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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)

24. October 2018 · Comments Off on Facebook: October 24, 2018 at 09:14AM · Categories: News · Tags:

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24. October 2018 · Comments Off on CBA 3 – Nondiscrimination · Categories: Your Contract

What’s In Your Contract?
Article 3 – Nondiscrimination

“No employee shall be discriminated against because of… non‐merit/non‐job related factors.”

That’s the basis of the nondiscrimination language, which is supported by Board Policy 4030. Several specific categories of prohibited discrimination are listed, and protection from sexual harassment is specifically called out.

If you believe you are being mistreated on the basis of non-job-related factors, including protected category discrimination, you may report to:

  • the employee’s immediate supervisor;
  • the District’s Human Resources Department (Executive Director of Talent Management or Chief Administrative Officer);
  • the District’s Labor Relations Department (Senior Labor Relations Representative or Chief of Labor Relations);or
  • the District’s Office of Equity (Director).

In general, these reports take the form of a Uniform Complaint. A uniform complaint triggers an investigation, and the District is bound to provide a report of findings and action within 20 business days.

If the complaint is specifically about discrimination in hiring or firing, it should be instead reported to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the City’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

You are protected by contract, policy, and law from retaliation for filing a complaint of discrimination, and the union and the District are bound to strict confidence in handling the complaint, which means no unnecessary sharing of information in the course of investigation. However, you should be aware that the investigation will include interviews with those against whom you make allegations.

If you have a fear of retaliation or an employment-related discrimination concern, please contact a steward for assistance so we can ensure all of your rights are protected.

If you have been assaulted or threatened, you have additional protections and options under contract Article 24.

23. October 2018 · Comments Off on CBA – Frontmatter · Categories: Your Contract

What’s In Your Contract?

Preamble, Article 1, Article 2

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be going through your contract to get you familiar with what’s inside. Today we start at the beginning: these first three articles lay the foundation for the agreement, but they’re a little dry. Bear with me and I promise it will get more interesting!

Keep in mind that this is a draft of the contract, and may have minor updates before it is final.

Preamble – Statement of Purpose
The preamble (formerly held in Article 2) has been updated for the new contract to reflect a broader vision of the work we do together: “This Agreement supports the efficient operations of the District and bargaining unit members’ vital contribution to fostering a successful, intersectional, equitable learning environment for the children and families of San Francisco.” It’s important to remember why we’re here, and why we invest all this effort in organizing and fighting for better working conditions – our working conditions are the students’ learning conditions.

Article 1 – Recognition
Membership matters. In article 1, we identify who SEIU 1021 will represent in the district. In the past couple of years, we have added several new classifications as the result of organizing and policy work, because when we work together we are better able to achieve our goals. Section 1.1 details the procedure for recognizing these new classifications. If there are disputes about whether a class is properly part of our unit, the CA Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) will make a ruling according to the Educational Employee Relations Act (EERA). As public employees, we are not subject to the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board like workers at private companies.

Article 2 – Term of Agreement (and other matters)
Three basic contract tools exist in article 2: term, severability, and scope. 2.0 Term specifies how long this contract will last, before a new one is negotiated. Your current contract expires on June 30, 2020.

2.1 Severability accounts for the possibility that some part of this contract may become out of compliance with the law. If that happens, the rest of the contract will not be impacted.

2.2 Full Agreement represents that there are no other agreements outside of this contract that impact the rules inside of this contract. No employee handbook or private deal can overrule the terms of the contract. What you see is what you get.

Section 2.3 contains a “reopener” clause that allows us to return to the table to discuss wages whenever our members at the City get a raise that we do not get.

Next Thursday we’ll cover Article 3, Nondiscrimination, in some detail. See? It does get more interesting.

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