Contra Costa Bulletin - May 2018

May 10, 2018
Local 21 Builds Strength for 2019 Contract Bargaining 

Union Membership at 91% and Growing

In preparation for 2019 wage and benefit contract negotiations with Contra Costa County, as well as defending against a so-called “Right to Work” (for less) attack against all public employees, Local 21 member leaders and staff have been working hard to talk with each and every employee covered by the Local 21 contract and asking you to recommit to your Union.

When we seek to negotiate better wages and more affordable health care, the Local 21 Bargaining Team is in a stronger position if the County can see high levels of membership and support. When the next contract is negotiated, we want you to have a voice and a vote. And when anti-public employee politicians seek to place a measure on the ballot cutting pensions for active employees, which they plan to do after the upcoming Supreme Court decision, we want to have the strength, resources, and power to fight back and win.

We’re excited to report that Local 21-represented employees are responding with solidarity and vigor! For the first time ever, Local 21’s union membership rate in Contra Costa has surpassed 90%. Not only members, but many agency fee-payers and non-members as well, have signed the new Local 21 Membership Card to demonstrate their commitment to keeping a strong union that can fight for better wages and more affordable healthcare for all Local 21-represented employees in Contra Costa County.

If you haven’t already done so, you can keep our union strong and help us improve wages and healthcare costs in Contra Costa County by recommitting and reaffirming your Local 21 membership today.

Clockwise from top left: Local 21 members Anjuli Clopper, Obiel Leyva, Jeff Valeros, Angela Womble, Rhonda Smith, Lynnette Watts and Charlis Salazar are some of the many Contra Costa members who have proudly signed Gold Cards.

Local 21 Wins Arbitration Case Against Contra Costa County

Arbitrator Awards Full Back Pay Plus Interest to L21 Members

Several Local 21-represented employees filed a grievance in late 2015 claiming a violation of the union contract regarding the "salary on promotion" provision of the MOU. The grievance arose from the revelation that Performance Pay Steps were not being included as base pay by the County when salaries were adjusted for promotions. They were being purposefully excluded. Local 21’s contract guarantees a 5% minimum salary increase upon promotion, yet the County’s exclusion of the performance pay steps from base salary when computing the new post-promotion salary resulted in less than 5% increases for the impacted employees.

In response to the Local 21 grievance, and despite the unambiguous, plain language of the Local 21 MOU, the County consistently maintained their position that Performance Pay Steps had never been included as base pay for promotions and, therefore, the County refused to give these employees the pay they deserved. Instead, the County forced us to pursue the grievance all the way through the time-consuming and resource-intense arbitration process.

The arbitrator issued her binding decision in the case early this year. Her words perfectly sum up the outcome and victory for Local 21 members:

“The County violated Sections 5.9 and 5.13 of the MOU when it calculated the salary increases of certain employees for promotions or work in higher classifications during the period May 4, 2013 to July 1, 2016 by eliminating performance steps previously granted in making these calculations. The County is ordered to recalculate the amount of increases owed to such affected employees to grant at least a five percent increase from the 'rate received before promotion' in every case, with interest at seven percent on any back pay owed. The Arbitrator will retain jurisdiction over the issue of remedy in this matter.”

Local 21 is here to fight for your rights on the job. The next time the County violates the contract and the rights of employees, it could impact YOU. Support Local 21 and make us stronger so we can continue to defend your rights. Sign the Gold Card today.
Member Volunteers Needed!
Help Local 21 Elect a Contra Costa District Attorney Who Will Fight for Employee Rights

The Contra Costa Central Labor Council has endorsed District Attorney Diana Becton. DA Becton was very strong on labor and employment issues during the endorsement process, and her countywide leadership will help improve the County’s approach to various labor and employee relations issues.

We are hosting two events to help turn out the vote for District Attorney Diana Becton. All Local 21 members are encouraged to join!

   Precinct Walk, Saturday May 12th
   9:30 – 2:00 PM
   184 E Leland Rd, Suite A, Pittsburg

   Phone Bank, Thursday May 17th
   5:30 – 8:00 PM
   1333 Pine Street, Suite E, Martinez

Note: You do not have stay or commit for the full shift. Any and all time and effort counts!
You can make a difference and help us change Contra Costa County for the better! Please RSVP today to Sean Stalbaum at sstalbaum@ifpte21org
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