Following SEIU 721 Riverside county member’s rejection of the county’s Last, Best and Final contract offer last month, Riverside county imposed Terms and Conditions of employment on SEIU 721 represented members effective Nov 22, 2011. The Terms and Conditions were finally provided to the bargaining team on Dec. 2.
After reviewing the document, the bargaining team has discovered many areas that the county cannot legally impose on members. This includes any language that says SEIU 721 has “agreed” to something or that SEIU 721 waived the ability to negotiate for any changes outside of the parameters of these Terms and Conditions. The bargaining team is in the process of taking all legal actions necessary to enforce the right to fairly negotiate for wages, benefits, and any other condition of employment. County management continues to indicate that it does not intend to negotiate in good faith and wants to impose these Terms and Conditions on members in excess of what is allowed by law. This is clearly shown by the inclusion of reductions of benefits well into 2013, although legally they are only allowed to impose for up to one year.
Click here to download the bargaining team’s summary analysis of the Terms and Conditions.
The SEIU 721 Riverside County bargaining team is committed to continue fighting for the rights of all members. Contact your Contract Action Team member or a work site organizer to stay informed on upcoming job actions and events at specific work sites.