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During the past two bargaining sessions with Lake Hemet Municipal Water District management and the SEIU 721 team, there have been positive progress made with some tentative agreements reached, counter proposals exchanged and contract language clarified, however several major economic proposals still need to be negotiated.
During the last bargaining session the Lake Hemet Municipal Water District bargaining team made some inroads with management on issues of safety and efficiencies, but more talks are needed to tackle core economic proposals.
Following trends set from Wisconsin to Riverside County, the City of Palm Springs' management seems to be more concerned with paying lip service to "pension reform" than to the needs of the hard working families of their city. Once again, this unfortunate political triangulation strategy was on display at our most recent bargaining session, which took place on May 7.
On Thursday, March 1, 2012, SEIU 721 members voted by 92% to approve the new Memorandum of Understanding with Riverside County. With the approval of this agreement, members affirmed the Bargaining Team met the top goals established by members last year; obtaining COLAs, resuming step/merit increases and improving health benefits.
SEIU 721 Riverside County workers made history by powerfully standing up to protect public services.
On Feb. 10, SEIU 721 members and Riverside County reached a contract agreement that ensures fairness and dignity for hard working families.
SEIU 721 members at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center served official notice to hospital management that they will join with other county workers on strike Jan. 31, 2012, against unfair labor practices unless the county agrees to return to the negotiation table to bargain in good faith to reach a fair settlement.
After months of trying to reach a fair contract agreement with Riverside County management and an unlawful imposition, the SEIU 721 bargaining team has called for a one-day unfair labor practice strike on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.
The SEIU 721 RN bargaining team reached an agreement with Riverside county management on issues of recruitment and retention incentives for registered nurses at Riverside County Medical Center and Arlington Campus.
Following SEIU 721 Riverside County member's rejection of the county's Last, Best and Final contract offer, the county imposed Terms and Conditions of employment on all SEIU 721 represented members effective Nov 22, 2011. These Terms and Conditions were finally provided to the bargaining team on Dec 2.
Following the declaration of imposition by Riverside County management, SEIU 721 members protested outside of the historic Mission Inn Hotel, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at a fundraiser for Supervisor Bob Buster. The event was a $5,000 a plate dinner for his re-election campaign, at a time when county employees are being forced to take severe cuts and are already struggling to make ends meet. SEIU 721 members held signs critical of Buster at each of the hotel's entrances. One sign was held by a member with a Ginch mask on that read, "Bob Buster Riverside's Grinch." Buster has been one of the most vocal critics of SEIU 721 members and has pushed for drastic cuts in a time when members are barely hanging on to their homes.