SEIU 721 members in the City of Palm Springs voted 87% to ratify a proposed contract with management on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The four-year contract was approved by City Council on Wednesday evening.
Public employees have been under attack by anti-worker interest groups who have tried to blame public service workers for the recession. The real facts are that Riverside County public service retirees only receive $25 a month toward retiree medical benefits and current workers are below community standards in wages.
The SEIU 721 City of Palm Springs bargaining team negotiated a tentative agreement with Palm Springs management on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. City workers will see a 4% salary increase over the four-year contract. A ratification vote will be held Tuesday, July 15.
Following several weeks of City of Hemet worker testimonies on how proposed layoffs and cuts will affect working families and the need to respect the collective bargaining process, the Hemet City Council approved a budget that calls for elimination of positions and more cuts.
SEIU Local 721 social workers spoke up at the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 20 to urge the Board to support children in Santa Barbara County by improving recruitment and retention of social workers to keep children safe.
The SEIU 721 bargaining team and Palm Springs management have held several productive bargaining sessions over the past two weeks. The last session was held on Tuesday, May 20. SEIU 721 researchers produced a deep financial report on the City's finances and the bargaining team is analyzing those findings.
In record numbers, Riverside County members voted to elect two Bargaining Teams that will have the opportunity to negotiate for contract improvements on two important topics - retiree medical benefits and job parity fairness.
After a lengthy legal process which lasted almost five years, PERB has ruled Riverside County violated the rights of SEIU 721 members when it declared impasse in 2009 and denied step increases to several hundred members. These workers are owed thousands of dollars in back pay and interest penalties.
Reflecting on the past and moving toward the future, negotiations between SEIU 721 Palm Springs General Unit and city management began on Wednesday, April 15, 2014, with the union acknowledging the retirement of SEIU negotiator Mark Reid's years of service and having optimism for this year's bargaining.
In the next few months, SEIU 721 Riverside County members have an opportunity to negotiate for contract improvements on two important topics -- retiree medical benefits and job parity fairness. Voting has begun to elect two bargaining teams to represent all bargaining units.
For employees eligible for Flex benefits, LA City is announcing the 2014 Dependent Eligibility Verification program. The program is designed to ensure that all dependents enrolled in Flex health plans are actually eligible for coverage. It's part of the City's commitment to control health care costs and promote the sustainability of our health benefits.