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Candy Uribe
Member
Candy Uribe

I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS I NEED CLARIFIED; By switching to CalPERS members will see an increase in money in their pockets with more options to choose from. (for 2 party and family) ***Seeing more money in my pocket?…does this apply to families only because they pay out of pocket and PERs is cheaper so they will save?? ***Also, if I were to go with PERs does the county only pay what it costs for my insurance and no extra income in my POCKET right? On your anniversary date you will be eligible to move up at a rate of 4%… Read more »

Bruce Rudberg
Member
Bruce Rudberg

So for someone who is maxed out and planning to retire in the end of 2020 there won’t be any raises or increased benefits?

Jennifer Veik
Member
Jennifer Veik

To clarify, if I am “maxed out”, I will not receive a salary increase until 2 pay periods following April 8, 2021?

ANTHONY VU
Member
ANTHONY VU

Radiology Department is one of the biggest money makers for the whole entire RUHS, yet again radiology technologists are getting crumbs for working. Night time differential is one of the biggest jokes. Other places pay radiologic technologists up to 15% of the base pay for night differential. Volume of exams are going up (real data can be acquired from radiology manager), however there is staff shortage. Limited number of staffs are carrying the weight of the entire hospital. Imagine only one ct exam is needed to pay for one technologist for one 8 hours shift. Everything else is profits. Records… Read more »

Jeff Adams
Member
Jeff Adams

“Medical Subsidies will increase for 2 party and Family. In addition, CalPERS plans will be more affordable, increasing money in your pocket.”

What are “medical subsidies?” An increase to flex benefits? Haven’t heard that term before.

Angie Melendrez
Member
Angie Melendrez

What about cost of living increases?

Latisha Lewis
Member
Latisha Lewis

I need clarification, so for someone who is maxed out, meaning you have reached max pay amount in your current position according to steps, we will not receive future raises? Is County changing pay scale at all? Current Pay scale for nurses is extremely low as is.

Jana Packard
Member
Jana Packard

Very interesting that maxed out nurses who have worked hard to become IV or V and are required to spend alot of time on A-3 projects as well as being required to be in charge will have to wait another year for a small raise and also experience a 50% cut in the already small CN pay. These 2% raises are really less than a COL raise which we should receive annually anyway. And I have yet to have clarification on how the separation of differentials from our base pay will impact our annual salary. If we no longer receive… Read more »

Jonna Windham
Member
Jonna Windham

Maybe I am not understanding the health insurance component. If the flex benefit is going away, am I now having to pay the full premium, out of pocket, for my insurance? If I choose to waive coverage do you happen to know if that is a triggering event that would allow me to go on my spouse’s coverage?

Vanessa Martinez
Member
Vanessa Martinez

Hi, I also have some questions as well. I am hoping to get some clarifications/answers for myself and co workers….. 1. I hope I am reading this correctly, those who are not at the maximum range of salary ranges, will we be seeing a 4% each year? 2. Was a cost of living increase ever discussed during negotiations? Will we be seeing any COL increases at all during this contract? Possibly the next? 3. Could you explained what the VEBA committee means? 4. Also could you also explain the minimum salary market adjustment in year 3? If there is a… Read more »

Susan Beckedahl
Member
Susan Beckedahl

The Imposition took away the option to move your vacation leave bank into a VEBA upon retirement. Was that restored? Also, what does “Formulation of a VEBA committee” mean?

Joann Swinton
Member
Joann Swinton

When will the contract begin and end? As someone who has been maxed out, when will I see an increase in wages?

Suzanne Benedict
Member
Suzanne Benedict

With LIUNA’s Fairness Clause, will they also get the increases to the top of the pay range or is this just SEIU that gets that?

julian monteon
Member
julian monteon

Can we see a breakdown of what the new CalPERS healthcare plans will cost for single, employee + 1 and families? Can we also see a comparison as far as what we are currently paying for all three tiers?

Jody Reves
Member
Jody Reves

There is nothing in regards to promotions. Will we still continue to have a 5.5% raise at promotion? Will there still be a raise 6 months after a promotion?
While something is better than nothing, a 6.5% raise over 4 years isn’t impressive, especially when the first 2% isn’t until the middle of 2021.

Summer Heath
Member
Summer Heath

When will employees receive the 60 hours vacation?

Latisha Lewis
Member
Latisha Lewis

will county honor cost of living increase? COLA? WE HAVE BEEN WITHOUT IT! is that gone forever? I read nothing on the cost of living increase?

Adam Alderman
Member
Adam Alderman

Vote “No!” SEIU, this is a bad deal for SEIU members. Do the math and you will see that this is in fact a demotion for many of its members. Compare this to our last contract and tell me how this new contract improved my pay and benefits. The elimination of the “cash back” flex benefits is a loss of $235.24 per month for me. Times that number by 12 and I will see a reduction in $2,822.88 per year from my wages. Times that yearly loss by the four year contract and I lose $11,291.52 over the course of… Read more »

Jana Packard
Member
Jana Packard

I agree. I called today and asked for answers to all these questions about how the separation of differentials will affect us. In the past separation meant that we did not receive these on holidays, vacation days or sick days. I calculated that I could lose up to $1800+ a year. I also looked at the nursing grid that compares our current steps to the future steps/ broad band. It looks like the $2.50 that I currently receive at the Arlington campus and a $3 differential for advanced practice as a nurse IV will actually only be $2.73 as the… Read more »

Tammy Johnson
Member
Tammy Johnson

I looked one sided to me the rest time I read it , without doing ay math at all. It’s all political whitewash

Stephanie Stethem
Member
Stephanie Stethem

It says there is now no parking provision. What does that mean? I currently pay $35 a month to park in the structure.

Stephanie Stethem
Member
Stephanie Stethem

Will Cal Pers be less expensive than Exclusive Care Family Plan?

Tammy Johnson
Member
Tammy Johnson

No. It’s only less that the most expensive plans offered like United Health Care etc.

Jana Packard
Member
Jana Packard

This TA is very confusing. It appears that CN will go from $2.50 /hr to $1.15. Also how do we know where we will be on the “broad band?” It also sounds like we would lose money when the differential is no longer included in the base pay. For ex. Arlington RNs have their 5150 certification differential included in the base pay. If we no longer receive it when on vacation or on sick days this would be a great loss of pay. Does January 1st of 2020 start the new contract year 1? I am a nurse IV. I… Read more »

Jana Packard
Member
Jana Packard

When will I receive clarification? Difficult to vote when so much is unclear.

Jana Packard
Member
Jana Packard

When will I receive answers to these questions? How can we vote if there is a lack of clarity?

Melinda Corea
Member
Melinda Corea

How do I access the Calpers’s summary sheet? How do I find it?

Teresa Sims
Member
Teresa Sims

So what if I am not currently “maxed out”, but based upon current schedule a step away. How will the change to salary affect the raise that would have been receiving next year? With the change to salary are we losing steps, so the max amount is less?

Marcos Coronel
Member
Marcos Coronel

Hello I have a question: I promoted into a new position and received a 5.5% (2 step) increase and were due to receive another 5.5% (2 step) after six months, so in mid-Jan 2020. After the county imposed the current terms, I am set to receive one step instead of the two. So will I be receiving a one step or two step in January?

Ileana Alvarez
Member
Ileana Alvarez

I doubt it’s just me, people appear to be confused, this new contract doesn’t sound to be as great as it’s being presented. We’ve been working without a contract for over three years, and now we’re being handed a contract that is not very clear and doesn’t appear to truly benefit the employee. I didn’t see anything about a COL, which I was hoping to see. The employees are losing faith in the union’s ability to Negotiate and represent the employees of Riverside County.

Marivic Falatico
Member
Marivic Falatico

i am a bit discouraged with the tentative agreement. First, since i’m maxed up/topped off , I am not seeing any salary increase till 2021. Secondly, for the Operating Room, critical pay from what I’m understanding as Specialty Care Unit Differential is going to be reduced from $3.00 to $2.50/hr. and that it is going to be treated separate from base pay. So here we are talking of a lot of money lost, considering we take/are assigned a lot of calls, and calculation of call pay depends on base pay( if the language has not changed from last contract). Another… Read more »

Jana Packard
Member
Jana Packard

I agree with you about the decrease in CN pay. I’m a CN in the psychiatric ED at the Arlington campus and I currently feel that the differential is inadequate considering the fact that it is a very stressful job. I support your concerns as an OR nurse and I can’t imagine any nurses at the medical center taking a decrease in pay! We psychiatric nurses are aware of all the hard work you do and we support all of you in this situation. We are all in this together no matter what campus we work on.

Sam Davis
Guest
Sam Davis

So, can all employees now waive medical? I know before you could only do so if hired before a certain date? If we can now all waive medical will we be paid $200/$465?

Sarah Lincoln
Member
Sarah Lincoln

What is the effective date of the contract? Especially merit and anniversary increases.

Tammy Johnson
Member
Tammy Johnson

Regarding the “me too” Clause with LIUNA, will Calpers be offering health insurance for retirees?

Bruce Rudberg
Member
Bruce Rudberg

So the $139 retiree medical amount can be applied to any private insurance we choose? How does that work?

Afton Wisner
Member
Afton Wisner

I haven’t seen anything about dental or vision insurance? Is that now coming out of our checks.

Cassandra Valenzuela
Member
Cassandra Valenzuela

How does this affect those of us who are schedule for a step increase 01/02/2020? Are we only going to see the 1/2 step increase? or will the 4% increase be applied after the voting is completed???

John Cole, II
Member
John Cole, II

For employees that are topped out in pay (and have been for 3-5 years) and are single (which means no one else for medical coverage, it certainly seems like the benefits of this contract are pretty slim. A 6.5% raise over 7 years (3 without a contract + 4 with this new one) isn’t much real money, and health care premiums are paid for whether they’re County provided or CalPers isn’t really all that much to speak of. In fact, it seems like the only thing I’m gaining out of this extra vacation time (equal to a day and a… Read more »

Holly Landon-Crippen
Member
Holly Landon-Crippen

We are confused. Will regular, non maxed out employees get 4% annually, AND 2% year 2, year 3 and year 4?
That is how it was explained to us.

David Johnson
Member
David Johnson

Will Kaiser health plan still be available?

Michelle Lowery
Member
Michelle Lowery

If you have overage flex credit dollars can you put them into a FSA account so that you don’t lose them?

Antone Pierucci
Member
Antone Pierucci

If I’m at Step 1 of my position (I was recently promoted), does that mean in the first year of this contract, I would be bumped up to what was formerly Step 4, since you’re eliminating the bottom three steps to creat the new minimum?

Linda Burgo
Member
Linda Burgo

I don’t understand the increase in salary for those maxed out waiting until 2021; you have employees who have been maxed out for a couple years, yet our benefits just increased. We now bring home less money.
You state waiting for the CalPERS insurance, and this will place money in your pocket, however, you have members getting ready to retire next year. This does not sound like a good plan for those that have worked for the county for years..

Cassandra Valenzuela
Member
Cassandra Valenzuela

How much are we required to now pay for Short Term disability?
What does the dental and vision coverage look like?

Adam Alderman
Member
Adam Alderman

1% of your wage; so you stand to lose around $300/month as a result of this deal Cassie. (Lost flex benefit cash back plus disability tax)

Adam Alderman
Member
Adam Alderman

1% of your pay; so you stand to lose around $300/month because of this deal Cassie. (Flex benefit cash back plus disability tax)

Scott Hawkins
Member
Scott Hawkins

This TA says we have a me too agreement with LIUNA, this covers wages and benefits. Why are not getting the cash back on Flex Benefits when LIUNA still is? It would seem the new agreement violates itself from the start. Can you provide a reason or information regarding this.

Adam Alderman
Member
Adam Alderman

I did the math…let’s say the future held one of two options: 1. We take this deal and as a result the flex benefit loss alone results in single party Exclusive Care members losing roughly $11,200 over four years. 2. We say no thanks SEIU/County I’m willing to go on strike to get a better deal and keep my flex benefits. We would literally be better off doing this, stick with me here…You can literally go out and get a personal loan (or just sacrifice your savings…) for $9,500 @8% for 48 months, which will result in $11,200 paid after… Read more »

Jana Packard
Guest
Jana Packard

I will try to make this short. I’m topped off and within less than 5 yrs till retirement. I stand to gain nothing. Even with a portion of the proposed differential I would only break even. This may benefit new employees. Specific insults are cutting CN differential. There now is absolutely no reason to step up into CN for the shift. Our managers have added more to the list of responsibilities. When we frequently work short CN and 2nd take patients. New hires no longer retire at 3% . That will be a huge disincentive for anyone considering coming to… Read more »

Paige Philpott
Member
Paige Philpott

Adam – I’m in the same boat as you. Please see my comment above.

Afton Wisner
Member
Afton Wisner

I wished the SEIU would be honest. One percent will start coming out of our checks for short term disability starting right away. They refer to this as a win. It isn’t a win. Right now we do not pay anything for short term disability. The state system is not better (or worst) that our current short term disability. So it is two percent in and one out. A first grader can tell you that is not a two percent raise. Without the actual agreement, what else is there that has not be disclosed? What is SEIU getting from the… Read more »

Rita Verduzco
Member
Rita Verduzco

So for some of us who are currently topped in pay and haven’t received any increases since 2016, we still have to wait until 2021 for increase? So let me see if I understand this right, we are getting 6.25 increase from technically mid-2016 to 2023? That’s seven years for 6.25! And we should be excited about this?

Paige Philpott
Member
Paige Philpott

VOTE NO AND LET’S STRIKE! When a contract imposes it’s employees to LOSE money rather than gain it – ESPECIALLY AFTER 3 1/2 YEARS WITH NOTHING – it is a bad contract! In my case, taking away the flex benefit overage that we are currently getting when we don’t spend all of our flex benefit each month, I will be LOSING $235/month – that’s over $11,000 over the next 4 years! I know I’m not the only one! And according to this tentative agreement, since I am topped out for my job class, I won’t be getting a pay raise… Read more »