On August 27, SEIU 721 members overwhelmingly approved a landmark six-month contract including a new Juneteenth paid holiday, fully funded medical and dental coverage, and across-the-board “Heroes Pay for All” bonuses.
While the Board of Supervisors still has not approved the agreement, there is no doubt that they will vote to approve our new contract.
First, the County CEO must file a Board letter which will appear on two consecutive Board agendas. We have fought tirelessly to ensure that SEIU 721 members receive their Heroes Pay for All bonuses in time for the holidays, and have been assured by the Chief Executive Office that our agreement will appear on upcoming board agendas and bonuses will be received shortly after. Here’s what we can expect moving forward:
In the best-case scenario, the basic $1,000 bonus will be in your paycheck by Thanksgiving. This will be implemented automatically without any action required by employees.
Additional $500 for Employees at “Elevated Risk”
Any employee whose assignment during the pandemic required them to come within six feet of a co-worker or member of the public for at least 15 minutes qualifies for this bonus. To receive the bonus, an employee must complete a brief form attesting to their qualification. These forms will be made available online and in print once the Board of Supervisors approves the Agreement. Based on available information, we estimate that those employees who complete their forms in a timely manner will receive these bonuses in time for the holidays.
Additional Provider Relief Fund Bonuses (up to $650) for Employees in DHS
Employees in DHS are eligible for bonuses in addition to those listed above. All DHS employees who were employed during the pandemic will automatically receive an additional $150. Once again, in the best-case scenario this will be in your paycheck in time for the holidays. DHS employees who were at elevated risk during the pandemic qualify for another $500 bonus (in addition to the $500 bonus listed above.) To receive this bonus an employee must complete a second form, much like the one mentioned above. These forms will also be made available once the Board of Supervisors approves the Agreement. Based on available information, we estimate that those employees who complete their forms in a timely manner will receive these bonuses in time for the holidays.