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LA County members stand united and vote to approve new contract

The ballots have been tallied and the official vote count is in!

With 98% casting their ballots in favor of ratification, LA County members voted overwhelmingly to approve a new, three-year contract.

Last night’s vote results mean that tens of thousands of LA County members are one step closer to locking in salary increases of 10.75% (or more), a one-time $1,000 bonus as well as guaranteed health and dental coverage.

Additionally, many members will receive “inequity” salary increases negotiated by their respective Bargaining Units.

Now that LA County members have voted to accept the new contract, here are the next steps we anticipate will be taken:

  • The LA County Board of Supervisors is expected to accept the results and approve our contract. SEIU 721’s goal is to make sure this step takes place in time for the holidays – or by the December 14, 2018 payday.
  • All permanent, full-time employees will receive at least the 10.75% pay increase plus the $1,000 one-time bonus. Part-time employees will also receive the $1,000 bonus.
  • The salary increases are distributed over the three years. The first increase of 2% is retroactive to October 1, 2018. The half step will be the new top step of our salary schedules.
  • The $1,000 one-time bonus will be paid to employees on the first payday after the agreement is ratified by SEIU 721 members and approved by the LA County Board of Supervisors.

Stay tuned as we take these next steps together. We’ll keep you posted on our Union’s progress!

(NOTE: Today’s vote does not affect members of BUs 311, 312 and 702 – nor does it affect LACERA or LA County Courts employees, whose members bargain separately.)

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County employee
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County employee

So when do we get our bonus?

kgregory
Admin

Our goal 12/14.

Ricardo Villapando
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Ricardo Villapando

Join the discussion..the latest email i got from our union coordinator is we “should be getting the money on December 14th”. the key word here is “should be”.

Ashley Jauregui
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Ashley Jauregui

So it has been unclear in regards to the $1000 bonus. In the contract it stated that all members were receiving the $1000 bonus. When I asked questions in regards to the $1000 bonus also applying to recurrent and temporary employees I got the response it did apply to “all employees”; however upon reading this article it states “all permanents… plus $1000 one-time bonus”. So if possible can someone clarify this aspect, because the wordage being used is unclear in defining this detail.

John Piraino
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John Piraino

Part time employees will receive a 500 bonus.

County employee
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County employee

It also says Part time employees will receive it. It could’ve been updated. I don’t remember what it said when I initially saw it

kgregory
Admin

Part-time employees will receive the bonus!

Mona
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Mona

I am hearing part- time employees will only receive 500. Is this true?

Dexter
Guest

Only full-time employees will receive the bonus.

kgregory
Admin

Part-time employees will receive the bonus!

kgregory
Admin

Incorrect.

Norma
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Norma

do megaflex employees receive it too?

Christian
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Christian

Do we know which agenda date this will appear before the BOS?

Jaleesa Jimenez
Member
Jaleesa Jimenez
Christian Collins
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Christian Collins

I see it. Thanks..however i dont see where it was approved?

Giancarlo Carini
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Giancarlo Carini

So us court employees are bargaining separately. And where is the progress? 2%+2% over two years won’t cut it. If the midterms were any indication, it is time for our union to play hardball. We didn’t win back the House by playing nice.

Brian Anderson
Member
Brian Anderson

Who is “we”? “We” didn’t win anything, politicians did. You most assuredly don’t speak for me. Just to be clear, it doesn’t matter which side won. Did the people win? 40+ years of partisan voting has done nothing for the people. Taxes continue to rise, roads still suck, constant state of war. Do you remember the last time politicians didn’t have kids shooting at other kids in far off lands? I don’t. Let’s not get into the ever escalating debt that both sides have exponentially increased. Who do “we” owe that money to anyway?

Giancarlo Carini
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Giancarlo Carini

There are so many things wrong with this statement. The republicans don’t stand for you. Get a hint. The problem in this country is the GOP.

Brian Anderson
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Brian Anderson

. Me get a hint? Nowhere in my statement does it mention Republicans. Partisans automatically think you’re on the opposite side if you don’t lock-step with their opinion. Hilarious. Work on that reading comprehension.

Giancarlo Carini
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Giancarlo Carini

You seem to try to blame everyone for your own shortcomings and lack of an argument. Get a grip on reality. I am not the one that needs work on my reading comprehension. But keep thinking everyone is bad, when only one side is (the one that occupies the White House).

Brian Anderson
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Brian Anderson

Wow, that’s awesome. Partisan at it’s best. Enjoy it. Have a good evening.

Giancarlo Carini
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Giancarlo Carini

Keep swinging and missing.

Brian Anderson
Guest
Brian Anderson

Wrong again. You really should read and comprehend my statement. Outside of your partisan box. I’m done with this pointless back and forth. You are lost to the indoctrination of the false left v. right paradigm. Again, have a good evening.

john
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john

The feds have done their job by providing at least a temporary tax cut. It needs to made permanent BUT the demonrats will be in charge of the house and have promised to try and take it away. President Trump can prevent that. The demonrats currently in charge in Kalifornia have voted YES on every tax increase they have. Some republicans have also. I don’t trust either party but I trust our president and distrust every demonrat. Plus a lot of republicans. BTW corporations DO NOT pay any taxes, they raise the price of their product to cover taxes that… Read more »

Tillman
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Tillman

What was the second largest employer in this state? Where did they leave too?

Giancarlo Carini
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Giancarlo Carini

You crave the last word. Whatever. You can shroud yourself in ignorance all you want. Have fun. Oh and the left stands for the people. You are just a Trump enabler.

Again, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Brian Anderson
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Brian Anderson

I know how the door works, not worried about getting hit. Ignorant statements like that just may have me seriously considering my 2020 vote. Keep up with the division, and you may find yourselves alienating hundreds of thousands of independent voters.

Last word, haha

Giancarlo Carini
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Giancarlo Carini

Yes. He must have the last word. And seriously considering your 2020 vote? You aren’t independent. I am actually not registered under either or any political party. You are no independent.

Thanks for proving my point.

Giancarlo Carini
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Giancarlo Carini

Also it wouldn’t surprised me if you were paid to troll on this site from some Antiunion source. People are getting paid to disrupt opposition activities. Sometimes being paid from sources outside the country.

Brian Anderson
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Brian Anderson

Wow, that’s tinfoil hat crazy. Just to ease your tiny mind, I am real, I am a member, I get paid by the same corruptocrats as you do.
As far as you being independent, lmmfao

John
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John

This contract sucks. Give us the money already. Turnover rate will remain high. County will still provide bad service. Very sad.

aprilnp81
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aprilnp81

You can go work somewhere else you know? No one is making you work for L.A. County.

NEWBLOOD
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NEWBLOOD

Wow, finally someone I agree with 100% The contract sucks, we need a change in leadership for our union (NEW PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT) WE NEED A PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR EMPLOYEE’S RIGHTS. Not go along to get along. Stop hiring people to answer the 800 that do not know how to answer the member questions.

THE UNION NEED NEW BLOOD. THE OLD BLOOD IS DRIED UP AND USELESS.

Employee
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Employee

What was the final results for the Fringe Benefits agreement? That is the worst part of this contract. We will be losing money!

kgregory
Admin

Both the fringe and bargaining unit TAs were ratified overwhelmingly by members.

Peter Cheng
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Peter Cheng

The Board Letter from CEO dated 11-20-18 for Board approval only shows 7% salary increase. That was disappointed. Union, please clarify how much is the salary increase? Why the Board letter is showing only 7%?

kgregory
Admin

Don’t worry. The 7% salary increase reflected in the Board letter is just the “general salary movement.” In addition to this “general salary movement” the agreement includes an additional 1% salary increase (effective 1/1/20) and an extra 2.75% salary step (effective 1/1/21) for a total of 10.75%. Many SEIU 721 classifications will also receive additional “inequity” salary increases on top of the 10.75%.

Oscar Ortiz Jr.
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Oscar Ortiz Jr.

Even with the raises and inequity raises. I will be at the same pay after 3 years. Rent ,Bills everything goes up in the county. Im looking for new employment. Private is giving bonuses and overtime. The county is getting so bad.

Keyboard Captain
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Keyboard Captain

Yep, inflation is expected at 3.9% a year. Most places rent goes up 3%, we have our new gas tax (you pay more at pump + all cost of goods will go up). All those bonds passed which means more debt, guaranteed tax hikes in the future. People did this to themselves. As for pay it’s the same anywhere.

County employee
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County employee

bye

helpless
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helpless

so those who have 5+ years of services still have to wait 2 + years before we get the 1/2 step salary raise?

kgregory
Admin

All SEIU 721 members will receive the extra 2.75% once they have been at top step for one year. Bargaining units have different step systems, but most SEIU 721 members have 7 current steps. The new step will be step 8. Those with 5 years of service today will reach top step in 2021 which is when the new step becomes effective.

helpless
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helpless

why did the union fight to wait three years for this step raise? Most retirement plans you have to work 1 to 3 years on your highest compensation, this puts off any planned retirement or any promotions that puts you back on step 3 or 4 if employees want this 2.75% increase they wait is longer??????

helpless
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helpless

sorry but you indicated two different timeframes….”All SEIU 721 members will receive the extra 2.75% once they have been at top step for one year” those who have already reached top step, does that mean they will get it with the Dec. check? or “Those with 5 years of service today will reach top step in 2021 which is when the new step becomes effective.” does this mean in year 2021 you get a check? Please clarify.

Erika Carrillo
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Erika Carrillo

Will the $1000 be added to our regular paycheck? or will it be paid as a separate check?

kgregory
Admin

The $1000 bonus will be added to the regular paycheck.

County employee
Guest
County employee

All at once or split up? I hope not split up because I heard last time people only got like $60 from the $500 be3cause of it being split and taxed each “payment”

ramiro
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ramiro

so since its going to be added along with the first check of the december does that mean that its also going to be taxed?

isaac
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isaac

So that means it will be taxed with our normal pay which means if you get a reasable normal pay check you going to be taxed big time so that 1000$ will be more like 400$.. sucks

Crystal Robinson
Member
Crystal Robinson

There isn’t going to be a $600 deduction for taxes. Get real. When you see your paystub, just subtract your normal amount. That’ll tell you how much you actually got. Be THANKFUL for the job you have to go to everyday and for the UNION who has done all this for us. Did you get out there to fight for the workers? Didn’t think so.

Isaac
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Isaac

1st of all crystal . I was just messing around about the 1000k to 400$ I was being funny but I can see you don’t have a sense of humor.. 2nd of all you don’t know anything about me and the job I have !! I have worked my butt off to get where I and no union got me here I did!! 3rd I walked the last 2 times they have asked me I was even on the news talking about our jobs..For your information. So you might want to keep your accusations to you self. Thank you and… Read more »

Keyboard Captain
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Keyboard Captain

It will be taxed as a bonus, which is a lot more taken out.

john
Guest
john

It could have been negotiated by both parties to be tax free. I have worked jobs before where they have done that. The incompetence of the union to fight for that is even more upsetting.

Employee
Guest
Employee

Has the BOS and the union reached an agreement, has everything been finalized?

Bethany Rants
Member
Bethany Rants

Do we know which board meeting date this is supposed to be voted on? I saw something in the agenda for the meeting on November 27th, but it just mentioned the benefits like bereavement and such, not raises and the bonus… Or is are the raises and bonuses included in with that vote?

Tehillah
Guest
Tehillah

Pages n Aides get 1,000 too? Plus inequity pay?

Keyboard Captain
Guest
Keyboard Captain

So those that did not receive equity pay, who should we contact to ensure we receive equity pay. It is obvious LA City is receiving more than any LA County employees, but also some positions private sector vs county. Not waiting three years either for a new contract.

john
Guest
john

I have called my county supervisor (Hilda solis), SEIU, the county ceo, 2 other offices and have been told NOTHING. It was on the agenda for the 20th. Did they approve it???? No one knows – I guess no one but the pawns care. Solis’ office says it is still under discussion like they will not approve it. CEO office gave me a couple of different answers which told me nothing. SEIU just keeps saying 14dec. NONE OF THESE ANSWERS ARE SATISFACTORY!!!!!!! Let’s get the lead out (get a move on – do your job and get this passed). If… Read more »

MARTHA RUIZ
Member
MARTHA RUIZ

I think SEIU 721 Union, Is doing a great job, you have to give them credit for everything they do. Everyone be patient, we will get it, just wait. Thanks Union Reps.

Guest
Guest
Guest

It was on the agenda for Nov. 20th but was held because “members of the public” requested it be held. There is a video from that board meeting on the BOS website. It’s around 11 minutes into the video. There are no other answers beyond that.

Rosie
Guest
Rosie

Has it been approved by the board?

Rossee
Guest
Rossee

Thank you

Jorge Torres
Member
Jorge Torres

Hello Admin,
How soon before the MOU’s are updated on your site with the new contact details, asking for a friend 🙂 BU432

Tiffany Murphy
Member
Tiffany Murphy

Sooo, any bonus updates? How’s Dec 14th looking?

Stephanie
Guest
Stephanie

No update has been given , please update us . We would like to know what is going on with this contract. Are you guys still aiming for the 1,000 bonus to be added to our checks on December 14 ?

john
Guest
john

What’s going on – still waiting

Tiffany Murphy
Member
Tiffany Murphy

Right..

Talesha Small
Member
Talesha Small

Hi, is there an update? Is this approved now and happening on the December 14th paycheck?

Suz G
Guest

Any updates on whether the board of supervisors approved our contract?

john
Guest
john

I spent about an hour on the phone with the secretary to the union vp this evening. The most I could get out of her is that they are afraid to notify the members of ANYTHING pertaining to the contract approval, $ amounts, bonus, when paid, ETC for fear of offending someone that will upset that they made a mistake. All they have to do is say yes it was approved by the criminals at the bos and we will be paid if we were still employed on the 27th. But they are afraid to even do that. I am… Read more »

Mikel
Guest
Mikel

Did the contract get approved yet? I didn’t receive a bonus on the Dec. 1st check, so is it happening on the 15th?

Guest
Guest
Guest

What mistake did they make?

Metoya McCullough
Member
Metoya McCullough

Good Afternoon, I wanted to know is there any way that I can receive a tentative agreement regarding the new contract for bargaining unit 111 for the Clerks?

Jorge Torres
Member
Jorge Torres

We got our raise, changes are visible in Ecaps #unionstrong

Angry
Guest
Angry

I didn’t get a raise! I’m making a whole step less than I was! This is BS

Suz G
Guest

I did not get my raise or the bonus with this paycheck. On 11/20, some members of the public asked the BOS for the item regarding our contract to be held until the next BOS meeting. There was a BOS mtg on 11/27 and there is another one scheduled tomorrow. Hypothetically, if the BOS approves it tomorrow (unless it has already been approved I am just not aware), then will it be approved in time to be out on the 12/15 paycheck.

Confused
Guest
Confused

Ecaps is showing that I went from $15/hr (which I’ve been making since July 1st) to $14.12/hr with a start date of 10/1/18. Somebody messed up.

County Worker
Guest
County Worker

It’ll show in your NEXT check.

Guest
Guest
Guest

i know of 3 different people with 3 different increase start dates, 10/1/18, 11/1/18, and 11/11/18.. why is that? what are the start dates based on.

Bethany Rants
Guest
Bethany Rants

Just so everyone knows… According to the BOS meeting statement of proceedings, the contract was approved.

https://www.lacounty.gov/sop/
It’s under 41-B on page 45 of the November 20th proceedings.

Suz G
Guest

Thank you for clarifying. It is appreciated. I wonder why SEIU does not update their “Latest News” Section to reflect BOS approved..Nonetheless, I appreciate all the hard work.

Bethany Rants
Guest
Bethany Rants

Under that statement of proceedings there is also an attached Board letter that is marked adopted. It includes the bonus and is stamped adopted and signed by Zavala.

Mikel
Guest
Mikel

If you became a full time county employee after October 1, 2018, do you still get the bonus? I believe I started around the 9th of October.

Yvette
Guest
Yvette

How will the retro check work? When will we receive that payment?

Worker
Guest
Worker

When will we get the 1000 bonus I
At first I heard December 14 and now the last pay check of the year. So when is it ?

County
Guest
County

It says above in BOLD that part-time employees will receive a $1000 bonus, but now there’s a rumor that part-time employees will only receive $500? This information is duplicitous and misleading.

LIBRARY AIDE
Guest
LIBRARY AIDE

SO THEN LIBRARY PAGES AND AIDES ARE ONLY GETTING $500 FROM WHAT I’VE BEEN READING ON THE COMMENTS SO FAR…?

Troy Dela Cruz
Member
Troy Dela Cruz

Will the retroactive increase be added on to the Dec. 14th payroll as well

KAREN HALLMAN
Member
KAREN HALLMAN

So my question is did this get ratified and are we gonna receive this money on the December 15th paycheck

MRetallick
Admin

The contract has been ratified, LA County members are scheduled to receive the bonus on their Dec 15th paycheck.

KAREN HALLMAN
Member
KAREN HALLMAN

Join the So sorry for reposting a question that has already been answered discussion…

Curious
Guest
Curious

Does anybody know why Rec Svc Leaders, Cashier-clerks, and Custodians didn’t get a raise?