In the first of many victories to come, the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) issued a complaint on Dec. 22, 2011 against Riverside county for engaging in unfair labor practices in violation of California Government Code by not providing information to the SEIU 721 bargaining team which was clearly relevant and necessary for SEIU to represent members during negotiations. (PERB complaint UPC# LA-CE-689-M) The State Labor Board issued this complaint due to the county’s refusal to provide the SEIU bargaining team with information on health plan benefits. Five other ULP’s have already been filed and are currently under review by PERB, including the illegal impasse.
These ULP’s are significant because the county cannot declare an impasse when they have failed to provide information required for the bargaining team to make informed decisions on bargaining positions. This is why the county took such drastic measures to frantically impose Terms and Conditions of Employment on SEIU 721 members before the end of the year to avoid having to engage in mandated fact finding and mediation. They do not want their improper labor tactics open to an outside neutral review process that would require them to provide all requested information and expose the county’s financial ability to fund some of our proposals.
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an important message from the SEIU 721 bargaining team, including an analysis of the Deputy District Attorney Association contract settlement and the subsequent imposition on LIUNA 777 members.
SEIU 721 is committed to pursuing all legal means necessary to secure a
fair contract for members and to hold county management accountable for
engaging in such unfair labor practices, but it is imperative that members actively participate in upcoming worksite actions.
Members are encouraged to unite with co-workers and take a stand for fairness, fight for your family and your future! Talk to a bargaining team member or your Worksite Organizer, sign the petition circulating at your worksite and get involved.
United for our future,
SEIU 721 bargaining team
•SEIU 721 Bargaining Team Message
•Riverside County SEIU 721 Terms and Conditions – revision 4
•PERB Complaint, UPC# LA-CE-689-M
•Press-Enterprise article: Elected officials, 2,000 others get extra benefit