On Friday, June 18 the Bargaining Team of SEIU 1021 reached Tentative Agreement with Sonoma County on a new two-year contract. Faced with multi-million dollar budget deficit, we were committed to our framework that would reduce the impact to our families and to reduce the impact to the services we provide.
Although there aren’t any winners in this economic crisis, we fought off further cuts to jobs and services and fought off a 10% across-the-board pay cut.
We, the members of the bargaining team of SEIU Local 1021, UNANIMOUSLY recommend approval of this Tentative Agreement. Vote Yes!
Key elements of the Tentative Agreement are:
• 2 Year agreement through August 30, 2012
• MTO Year 1 = 64 Hours – 1 week at Christmas + 3 days
• MTO Year 2 = 40 Hours – 1 week at Christmas
• VTO Program continues
• Health Care contributions from the County remain unchanged at $500/mo
• Allowance of $3.45/hr ($600/mo) remains unchanged
• Vacation buy-back is frozen for 2 more years
• Staff Development Funds (T&T) frozen thru June 30, 2011
o Available to employees July 1, 2011
• Re-establishment of County Wide Joint Labor Management Committee
o First issue will be the use of Extra Help
||"We were able to minimize concessions and reach an agreement without a long protracted fight with the County. "
--Earl Gwynne, Special Assessment Supervisor
|"We decreased the County’s MTO proposal of 160 hours to 104 hours over two years. This contract will give the County the time to restructure for efficiency and effectiveness, I hope that the county will transform to a culture of candor and accountability instead of political gamesmanship as usual. Other wise, we’ll be in the same place in 2012."
--F. Gayle Shirley, Employment and Training Counselor
"We were able to bring to our members a proposed contract that does not include an across the board salary deduction. We also held the line on a minimum amount of MTO, which benefitted other labor groups as well."
--Chris Mocny, Engineering Technician IV
||"As a result of our bargaining efforts, we saved $4.4 million. In real terms, this means that layoffs were significantly reduced and essential County programs were saved."
--Kerry Bargsten, Social Worker IV
||"The effect of the 64 hrs in Mandatory Time Off to a person earning $25/hr is approximately $15 a month."
--Andre Bercut, DCSS, CSO II
||"This 2-yr contract will help limit employee concessions and job cuts. This agreement will give the County a chance to look at its infrastructure problems."
--Linda Farnsworth-Brown, OA II