CCC Union Healthcare Coalition Call to Action

 

Joint Message & Call to Action from the CCC Union Health Care Coalition
Attention Local 21 Members:

As many members know by now, Contra Costa County recently entered into a Tentative Agreement with Teamsters Local 856 over the terms of a wage and benefit contract extension for Teamsters’ members. The major terms of the contract extension are 3 additional years (through June 30, 2022), 10% total in general wage increases, and more money (in 2019 only) for the projected increase in the Teamsters Kaiser Healthcare Plan premiums. It includes zero additional money for projected healthcare premium increases in other County health plans.

Historically when the County reaches early agreement with one Union during wage and benefit negotiations it has tended to set the pattern for other Unions’ members on major issues like general wage increases and healthcare. This divide and conquer approach by Contra Costa County has resulted in overall wages that are not competitive compared to other Bay Area public employers. It has also produced a system of employee healthcare that is too costly for both the employer and employees. In fact, according to a recent survey by IFPTE Local 21, Contra Costa County employees currently pay a higher share of our healthcare premiums than any other comparable public employees in the Bay Area (see chart below).
This situation is unacceptable! We will not wait four more years to fix Contra Costa’s broken healthcare system for employees. The leadership of our respective unions stand united in our fight for affordable healthcare for ALL Contra Costa County employees. We will no longer be divided. And we will not stop working together until we achieve real solutions to the employee healthcare crisis in Contra Costa County.

Whether we are Clerical workers or Division Managers, Social Workers or Engineers, IT professionals or Library Managers, Deputy District Attorneys or Public Defenders, Administrative Supervisors or Auditors (and so much else) – the employees of Contra Costa County and members of our respective unions ALL deserve quality, affordable healthcare for our families. And we are stronger together than we are apart.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be asking employees from all of our Locals to join together in sending the message to the County Board of Supervisors and CAO that we must have real solutions for our healthcare crisis and it can’t wait. It’s time for Contra Costa County’s leadership to make a genuine commitment to work in good faith with us to make healthcare more affordable for ALL Contra Costa County employees. Please join us!
SUPPORT YOUR UNION: SIGN THE LOCAL 21 GOLD CARD TODAY!

BELOW IS A SCHEDULE OF WORKSITE EVENTS FOR THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS:

Tuesday, July 17
1305 MacDonald Avenue (Richmond) 12pm to 1pm
2530 Arnold Drive (Martinez), Summit Break Room, 3rd Fl 12pm to 1pm

Wednesday, July 18
300 Ellinwood (Pleasant Hill), Bodega Room 12pm to 1pm
597 Center Avenue (Martinez), Conference Room 120 12pm to 1pm

Thursday, July 19
4545 Delta Fair (Antioch), Conference Room A 12pm to 1pm
2500 Bates Avenue (Concord), Yosemite Room 12pm to 1pm
CCRMC, 2500 Alhambra (Martinez), Union Table outside Cafeteria 10am to 2pm

Thursday, July 26
50 Douglas Drive (Martinez), Mt. Diablo Room 12pm to 1pm

Please plan to join us for a coalition meeting near you. You are encouraged to invite your colleagues in AFSCME, SEIU, PDOCC, PEU Local One, and WCE to attend with you.

PHONE BANKING SCRIPT

If you cannot make one of the meetings above, we are asking all members to take action regardless and make calls to the Board of Supervisors during your break time. A proposed joint script is attached with contact information for members of the Board of Supervisors.
"Supervisor ________,

My name is ________ and I am a county employee, [a constituent], and union member of ___________. I am calling during my break to demand that the County work in good faith with my union to find a real solution to the healthcare crisis impacting County employees and our families. As a Contra Costa County employee, I pay more for healthcare than any other public employee in the Bay Area.

This situation is UNSUSTAINABLE and it’s bad for Public Service. We must do better. Please direct the County Administrator to work with my union to find an alternative that is more affordable for County employees and our families. We are counting on your support. Thank you."

District 1: John Gioia 510.231.8686. District 2: Candace Anderson 925.957.8860. District 3: Diane Burgis 925.252.4500. District 4: Karen Mitchoff 925.521.7100. District 5: Federal D. Glover 925.608.4200
To make sure we are having the maximum possible impact, we are asking members to advise us if you are making the calls on your own time so that we can track and boost participation where necessary. Please email us at lturner@ifpte21.org to let us know you’ve made your calls.
This is your opportunity to help fix Contra Costa’s broken, costly healthcare system. Please make your calls to the Board of Supervisors.
This message and call to action is supported by a coalition of County Unions united for affordable healthcare, including IFPTE Local 21 (your union), AFSCME 2700, AFSCME 512, SEIU 1021, PDOCC, PEU Local One, Western Council of Engineers (WCE), the DA Association and the Defenders' Association: 
 
 
 
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