NOTE: The last update to this web page took place on Tues., Oct. 2 at 9 A.M.
Questions subsequently arose in the Comments section below – and you can read all the answers by clicking here.
Question #1: Is contract bargaining over?
Answer #1: No. We have reached agreement on Common Language and Fringe Benefit issues covering general salaries, health benefits and many other basic issues. In addition, most Bargaining Units have reached final agreement on all issues. But there are still some Bargaining Units that have not yet reached final agreement and they will continue to negotiate this week.
Question #2: How long will our contract bargaining agreement last?
Answer #2: It will last for three years – from October of 2018 through September of 2021.
Question #3: What are the terms of the contract?
Answer #3: General movement is a salary increase of 10.75% plus a one-time bonus of $1,000.
Question #4: Are there other salary increases?
Answer #4: Over 32,000 members – including the vast majority of our lowest-paid members – will receive a salary increase of at least 12.25% plus a one-time bonus of $1,000. Also, additional “inequity” salary increases for most classifications are scheduled at various dates (depending on classification).
Question #5: Is everyone receiving a salary increase?
Answer #5: Yes. In fact, the average increase is 11.7% and everyone will receive a one-time bonus of $1,000.
Question #6: What is the salary schedule for this increase?
Answer #6: The basic schedule of the salary increase – which pertains only to all permanent, full-time employees except for members of BU 311 and 312 since they are still bargaining – is as follows.
- Oct. 1, 2018 = 2% salary increase (Pay will be retroactive to Oct 1st once majority of SEIU 721 members vote YES to Ratify Contract)
- Oct. 1, 2018 =$1,000 one-time bonus (Bonus will be disbursed upon Contract Ratification)
- Oct. 1, 2019 = 2.5% salary increase
- Jan. 1, 2020 = 1% salary increase
- Oct. 1, 2020 = 2.5% salary increase
- Jan. 1, 2021 = 2.75% increase (Half Step)
Temporary and/or part-time employees will have a slightly different salary increase schedule. Your individual Bargaining Unit will have details.
Question #7: Is it true we lost our Flex Earnings?
Answer #7: NO. Do not believe the rumors! We did not lose our Flex Earnings. Flex Earnings have been adjusted. Flex Earnings will be capped at a maximum of $325 per month in 2020 and $244 per month in 2021. In fact, L.A. County will increase its Options healthcare contribution by 1.5% in 2019, 2% in 2020 and 2.5% in 2021. Most importantly: We secured a guarantee of fully-paid, single-party, two-party and family medical coverage and dental coverage – no matter what happens to healthcare premium costs over the next three years.
Question #8: Why did we accept a Flex Earnings cap?
Answer #8: In order to protect our Options Plan. The California Appeals Court recently ruled in the Flores v. City of San Gabriel case that healthcare plans which include what was deemed as excessive Flex Earnings are not legitimate plans. Because of this ruling, the City of San Gabriel’s healthcare plan – which included Flex Earnings – was completely disqualified. Similar lawsuits have already been filed against the County of Los Angeles. So we negotiated a Flex Earnings cap to protect the Options healthcare plan. But to protect our members, we also secured a guarantee of fully-paid, single-party, two-party and family medical coverage and dental coverage – no matter what happens to healthcare premium costs over the next three years.
Question #9: Will the Flex Earnings cap affect me?
Answer #9: The effect of the Flex Earnings cap will depend on your benefits plan. The biggest change will be for those with family coverage and the smallest change will be for those with single-party coverage. But don’t fall for the rumors! Remember: Additional wage increases were won at the individual tables to help offset these impacts and more importantly, we secured a guarantee of fully-paid, single-party, two-party and family medical coverage and dental coverage – no matter what happens to healthcare premium costs over the next three years.
Question #10: Are these contract terms final?
Answer #10: No. These are Tentative Agreement (TA) contract bargaining terms. All L.A. County SEIU 721 members in good standing will have the opportunity to vote on this TA. We will announce TA voting details once bargaining is complete. Click here to make sure you are a member in good standing and eligible to vote on the upcoming TA. This is your contract. You will want to make sure your voice is heard!
Question #11: When will I get specifics about my Bargaining Unit/Classification?
Answer#11: Remember, bargaining is still happening. Official summaries of the Tentative Agreement (TA) by bargaining unit are being drafted and will be released as part of the voting process. Every member in good standing with SEIU 721 will have an opportunity to read the facts for themselves and then vote YES or NO to ratify a contract. Click here to make sure you are a member in good standing and eligible to vote on the upcoming TA.
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