Update: March 13, 2012 – The Board of Supervisors approved the new agreement by 4-0 (Supervisor Jeff Stone was absent) Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
Wendy Thomas, SEIU 721 Chief Negotiator and 911 Communications Supervisor issued the following statement: “With the ratification and approval of this agreement, SEIU 721 members solidified our commitment to be responsible partners with Riverside County by beginning to pay substantially more into our pensions to help the County regain financial stability. SEIU 721 Riverside County workers are pleased to have reached a long term contract which will allow us to move forward as this agreement ensures we can care for our families while continuing to provide vital public services to county residents for years to come.”
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Bargaining Team members Janssen Diaz, Barbara Cayon and Diane Felix sort and validate ballots Thursday morning.
On Thursday, March 1, 2012, SEIU 721 members voted by 92% to approve the new Memorandum of Understanding with Riverside County. Members approved an agreement that represents the top goals established by workers last year; obtaining COLAs, resuming step/merit increases and improving health benefits. SEIU 721 continues to advocate for fair compensation for members. County Employee Relations has committed to discuss salary disparities for SEIU 721 members in career ladder or promotional classifications which may be created by the LIUNA 777 contract.
The five-year contract is expected to go before the Board of Supervisors for final approval Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
There is still work to be done to continue to improve working conditions, benefits and compensation for members. New committees for labor management, parity issues and retiree medical benefits will be formed soon. If you are interested please contact the Member Connection at (877) 721-4YOU.