SEIU 721 Santa Barbara County Bargaining Team Delivers on a Tentative Agreement that Protects Secure Retirement

We did it! Our bargaining team reached a Tentative Agreement on a strong three year contract that protects our County and the key services our communities depend on.

  • 8% salary increases over the term of the contract for PEPRA Employees
  • 5.5% salary increase over the term of the contract for Classic Employees

Your bargaining team strongly recommends a YES vote.

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Voting times and locations:

Tuesday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Carmen Lane, 304 Carmen Ln, Santa Maria
Conference Room B

Tuesday, April 24, 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Betteravia, 2125 Centerpointe Pkwy, Santa Maria
Garey Rm, 2nd Floor

Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WRC, 1444 S. Broadway, Santa Maria
Mariposa Room

Wednesday, April 25, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
BSC, 1318 S. Broadway, Santa Maria
Cascade Room

Thursday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Lompoc, 1100 W. Laurel, Lompoc
Apollo Room

Thursday, April 26, 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
234 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Conference Room

Vote Count at Camino del Remedio just after 2 p.m.

Tentative Agreement Summary

Classic Employees (hired before 1/1/2013) will pick up an additional portion of the Retirement “Normal Cost”/Retirement COLA contribution. There will be a salary increase that covers the additional contribution and yields a net salary increase. The changes per year are:

  • 1.5% of pensionable income effective with FY 2018-19 salary increase (3.0% effective July 2, 2018). Net salary increase of 1.5%.
  • .5% of pensionable income effective July 2019, with 2.5%-unit wide wage increase. Net salary increase of 2%.
  • .5% of pensionable income effective July 2020, with 2.5%-unit wide wage increase. Net salary increase of 2%.

Wage increases for PEPRA Employees (hired after 1/1/2013) *:

  • 3.0% wage increase effective July 2, 2018
  • 2.5% wage increase effective July, 2019
  • 2.5% wage increase effective July, 2020

>Contract extension to end of June 2021 (end of pay period 2020-14-June 27th)

>New “Maintenance of Membership” Language

>Minor language clean up

* Only for Retirement Plan 8 employees

Frequently Asked Questions

“Why should Classic Employees be good with this Tentative Agreement?”

Answer: The County’s initial proposal was for all classic employees to start contributing their share. So, it would have been 3.0% reduction on your take home money with no salary increase of any kind in return.  Now you’re going to see a 5.5% salary increase over the term of the contract. So, this is a solid agreement for even “classic” employees.

“Who is a “Classic” Employee and who is a “PEPRA” employee?”

Answer: This is a good question. Classic employees are those who were hired before 1/1/2013. However, in terms of this TA, members who were hired after 1/1/2013 but were in a previous reciprocal pension system like CalPERS, are also grouped in this larger bucket. If you are not in the Retirement Plan 8 then you are grouped here. You can tell if you are in Retirement Plan 8 from your paycheck. It will tell you which plan you are in.

A “PEPRA” employee is anyone who was hired after 1/1/2013 who is in Retirement Plan 8. Once again, you can tell if you are Plan 8 from your paycheck stub.

For questions, contact your worksite organizer, Wendy Lee Basgall at,(805) 561-8868 or Chief Negotiator Aram Agdaian at, (213) 494-8223.

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