After months of organizing and more than 150 member-led actions across LA County, we secured a landmark contract with across-the-board Heroes Pay for All bonuses, full healthcare cost coverage, and a new Juneteenth paid holiday!
Members ratified our groundbreaking agreement with a resounding 98% YES vote, and it was approved by the Board of Supervisors on October 19.
The Agreement must still appear on a Board of Supervisors agenda for a second reading and final approval, scheduled for this Tuesday, November 2. The Auditor Controller will then program payroll to include the general $1000 bonus on the November 15 or November 30 paychecks.
$1000 General Bonus
After the Board of Supervisors gives final approval to the Agreement on November 2, the Auditor Controller will program payroll to include the general $1000 bonus on the November 15 or November 30 paychecks.
$500 Countywide “COVID Appreciation” Bonus
All County employees who were employed by LA County by July 1, 2020 and whose job duties required them to be within 6 feet or less of a co-worker, patient, client, or member of the general public for a period of at least 15 minutes on at least one occasion are eligible for an additional $500 bonus. To receive the bonus an employee must complete a simple attestation form, which consists of checking off two boxes. These forms will be available beginning on November 1. To access the attestation forms, log on to mylacounty.gov, click on ‘eFORMS’. The form will be found under the ‘Countywide’ tile.
[A sample of the Countywide “COVID Appreciation” self-attest form is provided below]
However, there is one additional step that the County must take before these bonuses can be issued – since these are a new type of bonus, LACERA must conduct an analysis to determine whether they are pensionable. Because of this extra step, and because employees must be given sufficient time to complete the attestation form, these bonuses will not be issued on November 15. They will be included in the December 15 paychecks.
$150 or $650 “COVID Heroes” Bonus for Members in DHS
SEIU 721 members employed by the Department of Health Services (DHS) from March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 are eligible for additional bonuses, paid for out of Provider Relief Fund moneys received by DHS in the original CARES Act. To receive the “DHS COVID Heroes” bonus, DHS employees must complete a second attestation form like the one described above. These forms will also be available beginning on November 1 and can be accessed by DHS employees at the same location (log on to mylacounty.gov, click on ‘eFORMS’.) The form will be found under the ‘Countywide’ tile, after DHS employees complete the first form.
These bonuses will also require a LACERA analysis, so they will not be included in paychecks until December 15.
[A sample of the DHS “Heroes Bonus” self-attest form is provided below]