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A round T he L ocal Santa Barbara County Employees Association VOLUME 33 Issue May 2016 Executive Director Bruce corsaw Busy Time for Labor, Proposed Jail Impact, Candidates Endorsed Local 620 members
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A round T he L ocal Santa Barbara County Employees Association VOLUME 33 Issue May 2016 Executive Director Bruce corsaw Busy Time for Labor, Proposed Jail Impact, Candidates Endorsed Local 620 members are continuing to face many challenges in 2016 dealing with the current economic climate and vilification of public employees by special interest groups. Currently we are at the negotiation table with our largest bargaining unit, the County of Santa Barbara. As usual, county representatives came to the table predicting gloom and doom with the county s budget and the negative impacts that the county s finances will have on our members. The biggest impact on the county s budget continues to be the proposed new jail that is expected to cost an additional $20 million this year, which will result in no benefit to the county as we still have the requirements to maintain the old jail. For years we have told the County Board of Supervisors that we could not afford a new jail unless voters were willing to support a tax to pay for it and that our members cannot continue to sacrifice fair salaries and benefits to fund this project. At a recent meeting with one of the board members it was finally stated flat out that the county cannot afford this jail. I hate to say we told them so and heaven knows if this project can be stopped at this point. This is a very busy time for labor organizations and their political committees working with our endorsed candidates. Being a small Local leaves us with less of a voice when dealing with federal and state issues, but locally we have the means and the power to make a real difference. One of the most important campaigns for Local 620 and the majority of our members is the County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisor elections, which affect more than 50% of our members. This year we have three seats open out of five and a real need to maintain our 3/2 majority support from our elected leaders. In fact, this year if the three candidates that we have endorsed are elected it will provide for a 4/1 Board of Supervisor vote for working families. Two of the three seats will be decided in the June elections, which are the First and Fourth District. And the Second District, which has five candidates, will most Speak out and remember to vote! likely result in a run-off in November unless one of the candidates receives 51% of the vote. Local 620 is asking our members to come out in support of the three endorsed candidates for supervisor listed below. We need you to help on their campaigns; we also need you to speak to your family, friends, and neighbors to enlist their support for these candidates. June s election is expected to have a small turnout mostly because it is a primary election, so it is imperative that we as union members remind everyone of both their obligation and their right to participate in the election process. Das Williams is running for the 1st District. Das, over the years has always made himself available to discuss issues that concern Local 620. I have always found him to be honest with the issues that he can help us with, as well as with issues that we don t agree upon. To the best of his ability he is dedicated to protect the front line staff, question administration s rationale for their recommendations/actions, and to cast his vote on issues coming before him only after careful consideration of all the facts. I personally / professionally support Das and ask our members to do the same. Joan Hartmann is running for the 3th District. She has sat on dozens of boards as an officer / member for non-profit organizations in Santa Barbara County including six years as an advocate / volunteer for children in the foster care system. Until such time as she announced her candidacy for supervisor, Joan sat on the Planning Commission for the Third District. I personally / professionally support NONPROFIT ORG U.S. Postage PAID SANTA BARBARA, CA PERMIT NO. 620 Field Representative DARRYL SCHECK Civil Wars Keeping the Peace in the Workplace When things are running normally Local 620 spends the preponderance of its time working with and when need be, confronting employers in order to further the rights of our Members. Unfortunately, there can be intermittent periods where conflicts among individual members, or groups of members flare up. These Member on Member conflicts have at various junctures taken up to 50% of available Staff time to handle. These conflicts can not only happen between our regular Membership, but also between Stewards, and Board Members, whether it be a Chapter Calendar of Events Board of one of our represented jurisdictions or the Executive Board of Local 620. Significant Resources are expended to resolve conflicts between Members. In order to prevent these conflicts, it is important for our Members to try and resolve these conflicts at the lowest level possible. It is beneficial for both parties to be able to communicate the differences in a constructive manner before supervisors, management, or staff gets involved. Your Union, Local 620 is here to help handle conflicts between Members. Disputes can be mediated internally by Union Staff without the need to go to Management and Members risking disciplinary action from the employer. Some of the questions you should be asking yourself before initiating any Member on Member actions are as follows; 1) Is the issue I have with the other Member really worth having a conflict over in the first place? Sometimes if a Member feels strongly about an issue, the fervor and passion that is felt for the issue overwhelms the actual importance of the issue in the scheme of things. Is it really worth it to go to battle over a small issue, knowing that you may spend more time with the other party than you spend with your significant other? 2) Have I taken the appropriate preventive measures to prevent any flare ups with the other party? This can include a variety of strategies, such as speaking with the individual directly to avoid the conflict in the first place, or if a communication has been impossible SEIU Local 620 Executive Board Meeting SB County Board of Supervisors Meeting City of Santa Barbara Chapter Meeting County of Santa Barbara Chapter Meeting Field Representative Cynthia goena Threats of Physical Violence in the Workplace Employers have a duty to provide a safe place to work, and has a duty to exercise reasonable care to ensure worker safety. This includes taking reasonable actions to prevent foreseeable acts of violence against employees. Any employer who ignores clear warning signs of such violence could be held accountable for the resulting injuries. Perhaps the clearest warning sign is an actual threat of violent injury between coworkers. A threat is the communication of intent to physically harm another. It could be spoken or written words. It could be a gesture. It could be a violent visual image, displayed or delivered. It could be an incomplete physical action which would have harmed another if it had been completed. The fact that the threat was not carried out is not a defense because the threat itself can be the basis of discipline. The current trend is toward less tolerance of threats, and this will probably continue into the future. A threat which may have been disregarded in the past will most likely be taken more seriously today. Was the Threat Real? The following circumstances should be taken into account: Tone of voice and other displays of emotion. Whether the threat is an isolated incident or part of a pattern. Whether there was any clear intention of carrying it out. Whether the targeted employee was sincerely apprehensive or intimidated. If they laughed, that is evidence that they believed it was a joke. Whether the threatening employee intended to cause fear or worry. Whether the alleged threat caused others to feel less safe. If others were present, they could be the best judges of whether the threat was serious. The employee s history is evidence of whether violence is a realistic possibility. Last Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. Local 620 Offices Third Tuesday each month, 9:00 a.m. Santa Barbara Board of Chambers Second Tuesday each month, 4:15 p.m. for Field Employees, 5:15 p.m. for Office Employees Gebhard Room Community Development Bldg., 630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara Second Thursday each month, 6:15 p.m., Local 620 Offices via Video Conference 350 S. Hope Ave., #A-103, Santa Barbara; 114 N. Vine Street, Santa Maria Page 2 - Around The Local - May 2016 Field Operations Supervisor Mike woods I vote. Do You? Like every eligible voter across the country we are being hammered with political ads and information about all of the candidates. Pamphlets and flyers are sent out to all homes, and television ads are in our face all hours of the day and night. Candidates are running for every office imaginable, including city, county, state and federal to be our representative in each of those offices. Be it good or bad they are stating their position on subjects ranging from the economy, jobs, national security to immigration. Whichever of these you are most interested in is your choice to make and support. But whichever you decide to make your own then you should own it and cast your vote to work to make it happen. It is our right to make choices as to what we want to see happen by voting for those running for elected office to make those choices work. If you choose the right person and they have the strength of conviction to carry out what they say and stand for, then you know that you made the right choice. The thing that we all must wade through is all of the rhetoric that comes out of the mouths of those running for office. You must then decide if what they are saying is true or correct to the circumstances for which they are speaking and does it fit the ideal you are looking for. In our local elections in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties we have many choices of candidates running for office. They are sending out their message to each and every one of us to vote for them in city, county, state and federal races. The most watched within both counties is probably the Congressional race for retiring Congress Woman Lois Capps. There are at last count nine candidates vying for that coveted seat in Washington D.C. And each and every one of them has their own message for the voters to contemplate on who they will vote for in the June primary and the November election. Go online and check each and every one of the candidates biographies SEIU Local 620 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions SEIU is the fastest growing and, the largest Union in the United States. SEIU, Local 620 is the fastest growing and, the largest public sector union on the Central Coast. Local 620 represents the majority of employees of Santa Barbara County and represents employees in every county department. Local 620 represents over 3,500 public employees in 20 different public agencies in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties from the City of Carpinteria to Cambria Community Services District. Local 620 is a democratic organization where the members run the union, set goals and priorities. Local 620 has both rank & file volunteer member leaders and professional staff serving the membership. 9 Fulltime Employees 13 Elected Executive Board union members Hundreds of rank & file trained stewards Attorneys on retainer Strong Legal Defense Fund Local 620 believes the stronger the union, the stronger our contracts! Most units are agency shop, no free riders. Political Action Funds to support candidates who support our membership. uuuuuuuu Field Support Representative Annette nino Time to Vote Hello Local 620 Hopefully everyone is having a fantastic day. Thank you for picking up the ATL, it is important to keep yourself involved in the union and this is one of the ways to do that. Let s talk about coming together and making change. People have been coming together to make a substantial impact on how we are treated at work for a number of years. Some of you might have seen a flyer on the Local 620 bulletin boards [at your work locations] called, 36 Things Made Possible by Labor Unions. A lot of us might take for granted things like the 8-hour workday, employee collective bargaining rights and paid vacation, because we didn t see the fight happen. We didn t see those people come together who had the desire to be treated fairly an actuality. Over the recent years Labor Unions came together to collaborate their ideas to begin the process that came to be called the Fight for $15. People like you and me sat amongst one another and bounced ideas off of one another, came up with a plan and rallied in cities across California. The energy and actions of these people, like those who fought for us before them, eventually prompted Governor Jerry Brown to sign the $15 minimum wage bill on Monday, April 4th, This is the power that we have when we come together. We make positive change happen. This year brings about quite a few expiring contracts, and with that comes the necessity that you become involved and be aware of what s transpiring. Like those who have fought before us, we must collectively become united to fight for what we deserve. The basic process that happens when your MOU expires is that you will be mailed a bargaining survey to your home along with a self addressed stamped envelope. It is important that you fill out the bargaining survey and return it, because we will use what you say in those surveys to form the proposals that we bring to the negotiating table. Also, equally important is the bargaining team nominations that is included in the survey. You can nominate yourself, or any other Union Member in your agency. Sitting at the negotiating table will be Local 620 and your bargaining team on one side, and the bargaining team for your agency on the other. Over a series of long meetings, working through lunch and some evenings Local 620 and your bargaining team will work tirelessly to come to a resolution in your best interest. Through out this entire process, Local 620 will have special meetings and field campaigns to keep you in the loop of what is happening. s will go out to your designated address of the time and place we will all gather. There you can voice your opinions and add your input. Once both sides come to an agreement, the MOU is then at a tentative agreement. A meeting will be held and you as members attend and vote to ratify your contract. Being stronger together is a fact. Be active, ask questions and encourage others to participate. If you need help, ask. Always remember the 36 things that Labor Unions have made possible, e.g., employer medical and dental coverage, compensation evaluations and increases, safety standard and regulations, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, wrongful termination laws, minimum wage, overtime Around T he L ocal Santa Barbara County Employee s Association SEIU Local S. Hope Avenue #A-103, Santa Barbara, CA Phone: (805) Fax: (805) Website: seiulocal620.org OFFICERS & STAFF Bruce Corsaw....Executive Director Billy Mann....President Dave Harris....Vice President Olivia McNutt...Secretary Daniel Vegezzi...Treasurer Mike Woods...Field Operations Supervisor Cynthia Goena...Field Representative Darryl Scheck....Field Representative Sam Ramirez...Field Representative Susan Thomas...Steward/Field Support Lead Annette Nino...Field Support Representative Ronna Hooper...Executive Assistant Elena Helman....Administrative Assistant The opinions expressed in Around The Local do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the Santa Barbara County Employees Association unless so specified. For advertising information, please call Joe Heaslet, Publisher Around The Local is a free publication published bi-monthly. Volume 33, Issue SEIU Local 620, 350 S. Hope Ave. #A-103, Santa Barbara, CA May Around The Local - Page 3 Field Representative sam ramirez Public Service To give real service, you must add something that cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. Douglas Adams This morning I gave a presentation at the County of Santa Barbara s new employee orientation. I was excited to see so many faces in the crowd, many of which were eager to start their new career in public service. When I left the orientation, I couldn t help but wonder where these employees may be 3, 5, 20 years from now. Often, these are the hardworking employees that get overlooked. They are the employees that keep the water flowing, that process important claims, keep our roads clear, and on and on. Public service isn t only performed by County Employees. We represent public employees that do important work from the City of Carpinteria in the South to Guadalupe to Cambria in the North and everywhere in between. It s interesting this new employee orientation took place during Public Service Recognition Week. This week Honors Our Public Servants, Connecting Citizens with Their Government. This year it is being celebrated during May 1 7. Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. The general conditions of serving the public can wear a person down over many years, so it is important to keep perspective about what your job means, and to maintain an overall sense of physical and mental well being. Too often, the public doesn t recognize the staff shortages many of our agencies have been faced with over the last few years. Often, the general public doesn t know about the resources that have been cut by demands in Sacramento or Washington D.C. Working in Public Service has its advantages. Generally, it comes with good benefits, including medical, dental and retirement. It also comes with an opportunity to pay off your student loan. The debt-forgiveness provision of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, enacted in 2007, is designed to encourage college graduates to enter -- and stay in -- public service careers that many people might spurn in favor of better-paying jobs. What qualifies as public service? Generally, the program applies to anyone who works full-time for a state, federal or local government -- including police officers, firefighters, the military and public school teachers. It also applies to some people outside of Steward/Field Support Lead Susan Thomas Get Involved in Your PAC (Political Action Committee) Taking the first step to get involved and become part of your PAC is a great way to be active in your union. Local 620 fully involves members in every step of the political process when selecting a candidate or labor legislation. Members have a say in who gets the endorsement and what labor legislation will be supported. Here is the process for Local 620: When selecting a candidate for a seat, Local 620 sends a notice to everyone running. The candidate must then submit a letter of interest to Local 620 by the specified date. After that specified date has passed, a questionnaire is then sent to all candidates who respond back with a letter of interest. Next, a meeting date is set to interview each candidate. The PAC and candidates meet and go over the questionnaire. At the conclusion of the interviews, the PAC discusses which candidate they feel would best be suited to receive Local 620 s endorsement and/or support. A majority vote of the PAC decides the outcome. We then inform the candidate(s) that we will be endorsing and/or supporting them and find out how they would like us to help. Sometimes they want Local 620 to state publicly that we are endorsing them, or they may ask for funding or both. Typically our PAC is made up of Stewards and Executive Board Members, but it is highly encouraged that any member who would like to take part
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