We are excited to announce that our union has secured a solid, six-month agreement with LA County. Our Bargaining Policy Committee (BPC) overwhelmingly recommends that we vote YES.
From the outset, we fought for four strategic priorities, and we won them all. Here’s what’s on the table.
First – our union won Heroes Pay for All, while the other county unions simply rolled their contracts over for another year. We secured everyone across-the-board, one-time bonuses for every SEIU 721 member in Los Angeles County.
Next – our union got more healthcare cost coverage for everyone. Health insurance costs are predicted to go up. But this win secures more than enough to cover 2022 premium increases – with more cashback for UHC Signature members and more money toward other benefits for Kaiser and UHC Harmony members.
Finally – our union won a new holiday – Juneteenth! This is more paid time off for everyone. In 2018, SEIU 721 won a new Cesar Chavez Day holiday for all of us – the first new paid holiday in over 35 years. This time around, we won a new Juneteenth paid holiday for all of us – the second we’ve negotiated in three years.
This special, six-month deal has big wins – but it’s also very strategic. In 2022, we’ll start negotiations much earlier – so, we’ll be the ones setting the terms. We’ll also be negotiating before the County has adopted their next budget.
These results prove that the pressure our union members put on the Board of Supervisors worked. We reached out to over 40,000 members during bargaining, and convened 2 tele-townhalls with more than 22,000 participants. We sent out tens of thousands of emails and text messages to members, and LA County members sent thousands of messages to the Board of Supervisors. We took part in over 150 actions across LA County, and the Supervisors listened. We turned up the heat at our worksites, at Supervisors’ field offices, at the Hall of Administration, and in the media. Our union spoke out – and we won.
This is a solid, six-month deal that uplifts our work and the communities we serve. Our BPC overwhelmingly recommends that we vote YES.
Stay tuned for more information on next steps in the contract ratification process. And for real-time union updates, text SEIU to 721721.
Together, we win!