At worksites all over LA County, SEIU 721 members are joining their co-workers during breaks at "rolling rallies" in anticipation for the big Rally for Raises!, Tuesday, April 16, because it's time to tell the Board of Supervisors that we are going to TURN IT UP at the bargaining table in 2013.
The SEIU 721 City of Riverside bargaining team entered into negotiations with city management March 7, 2013. The two sessions established ground rules and initial proposals. The current MOU expires on June 30, 2013.
Mike Booth, water operator and SEIU 721 chief negotiator for the Lake Hemet Municipal Water District bargaining team, presented petitions signed by 100% of the unit to the LHMWD Board on Thursday, June 21, 2012.
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.
This weekend SEIU 721 Riverside County leadership sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors in response to two items on the Tuesday, June 5, agenda which would result in increases in pay and benefits for elected officials and upper management, outside of compaction issues. This is an outrageous proposal made either for completely political antics prior to election day or lack of good judgement by management during a time of layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts to front line workers who provide essential public services.
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.
The Coalition of LA City Unions has provided Mayor Villaraigosa with alternatives to the drastic layoffs that will lead to reduction of vital services and hardship for the working families of the City of Los Angeles.
Contract negotiations between Lake Hemet Municipal Water District SEIU 721 members and district management began on Monday, April 23, with the presentation of proposals by the bargaining team comprised of Teresa Troidl, Customer Service Representative II, Miguel Rodriguez, Service Worker III, and Mike Booth, Water Operator II and the team's chief negotiator.
Negotiations between the SEIU 721 Palm Springs General Unit and city management began on April 11, 2012, with the exchange of contract proposals. Every member of the bargaining team spoke of the sacrifices workers have made over the past five years that have kept the city from severe financial consequences.
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.
On Tuesday SEIU 721 members officially noticed Riverside County Board of Supervisors that all Riverside County members will hold a one-day unfair labor practice strike next Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 at the County Administration Center in downtown Riverside.
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.
In the first of many victories to come for Riverside county workers, PERB ruled in SEIU 721's favor when they issued a complaint against the county for engaging in unfair labor practices by denying the bargaining team information needed for negotiations.
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.