These are turning out to be very happy holidays for tens of thousands of LA County employees! That’s because the long-anticipated, one-time $1,000 bonus – which was a result of our successful contract bargaining negotiations – is set to appear on our December 14, 2018 paychecks.
The $1,000 bonus is just one highlight of our strong contract. Over the next three years, we will see salary increases of at least 10.75%. These include:
- A 7% “general salary movement” increase
- A 1% increase effective on January 1, 2020
- An additional 2.75% salary step increase effective on January 1, 2021.
Many SEIU 721 classifications will also receive additional “inequity” salary increases on top of the 10.75%. And remember: We secured guaranteed health and dental coverage, too.
But it gets better! Our first 2% salary increase was set for October 1. So our December 14 paychecks will include a 2% increase retroactive to October 1.
In other words, you will only receive one check on December 14 but the 2% retroactive raise – and your $1,000 bonus – will be added to it. So enjoy the extra cash with your family and friends over the holidays but be mindful that Flex Earnings reductions begin in January.
As you look forward to the New Year – and, inevitably, think of what habits and relationships you should break versus the ones you should strengthen – remember that it was your Union that delivered for you in 2018. Stay union strong, and we’ll keep delivering for you in 2019 and beyond!
You may have questions about your specific pay increase schedule. If so, click here to read your Tentative Agreement for your specific Bargaining Unit. And if you’re a nurse in BUs 311 or 312, click here to read your TA.
NOTE: If you’re a part-time or temporary employee, expect to see a $500 bonus in your December 14 paycheck. That’s because L.A. County management claims that they only intended to give the $1,000 bonus to full-timers. SEIU 721 disputes this interpretation! The agreement reached between SEIU 721 and the County of Los Angeles includes a “1000.00 (one time only bonus) for all units” and does NOT limit it to full-time or permanent employees. So SEIU 721 will be filing a grievance aimed at winning the balance of the $1,000 bonus that was negotiated for ALL bargaining unit members – including part-time and temporary employees. Stay tuned for more information about our efforts to resolve this dispute fairly.