Get the latest news on SEIU 721's LA County Contract Campaign. Check this space often. We'll post updates here in real time as they happen.

Were You Disciplined During the LA County Strike?

What Happened?
On March 5, SEIU 721 resolved their dispute over unfair labor practices charges during the strike with LA County. The County stated that all union members have the right to participate in concerted, collective activities, including the types of activities engaged in during the contract campaign.

95% Vote YES to Ratify Contract

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It's official.

More than 25,000 LA County SEIU 721 members overwhelmingly voted to ratify a strong, new contract. Well over 95% of those who voted said YES.

LA County Contract: Voting Options and Locations

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Get Ready to Vote!


Shout it loud and proud: LA County members have a tentative agreement to vote on. The new LA County contract will bring raises, increase benefits and lift up the residents of LA County.

VIDEO: Campaign for Child Safety

Last month, LA County Social Workers won huge victories in their quest to improve child safety.

DPSS Victory!

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On Dec. 13, the County dropped its proposals for mandatory night shifts and unilateral changes to assignments and workloads. They sent us a letter that says:

ELIGIBILITY WORKERS AND SUPERVISORS: This is to inform you that the County is withdrawing its proposals for Article 42 (Work Schedules), Section E and for a new article entitled "Business Process Re-engineering in DPSS" for both Bargaining Units 731 and 732.

Social Workers Win for Children

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Winning for Our Children, Families and Communities


For six days, LA County Children's Social Workers stood strong on the strike lines--we protested, rallied and some of us even got arrested in the name of child safety. It worked. 

When the Supervisors saw the incredible solidarity of our members on the street, they understood the importance of lowering caseloads and hiring additional CSW's and they knew they had to act.
 
The Board asked a mediator to ask us to come back to the table. And we said yes.

Two days later, we won huge gains for LA County's most vulnerable children.

Retaliation? File an Incident Report Today

nO-RETALIATIONx300.jpgSEIU 721 is getting reports that LA County management is retaliating against some members for participating in the recent six-day unfair labor practice strike. 

Any such retaliation is illegal and SEIU 721 will not tolerate it. The strike action was legal and taken to ensure child safety and family security. 

Don't worry: SEIU 721 has your back. But there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your co-workers.

LA County Asks Workers to Return to the Table

County Workers Agree to Suspend Strike for Child Safety

A historic day of action at the LA County Board of Supervisors came to a close this evening with the announcement that children's social workers and eligibility workers represented by SEIU 721 will resume negotiations with LA County management. The request to resume bargaining came through a mediator enlisted by the County.

The Strike Expands

Tomorrow, DCFS members will move from their picket locations to the Board of Supervisors' field offices.
 
Monday, December 9, 2013 | Please be on your strike line by 8:30 a.m.
Organizers and leaders will direct you to transportation to the field sites.
 
Also tomorrow, DPSS workers will join The Strike for Child Safety. They'll picket at DPSS locations across the County. That means THOUSANDS more County workers will be walking strike lines for child safety and no one will be able to ignore our message.

Rally for Child Safety

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On Dec. 6, striking LA County Children's Social Workers, elected officials, community and faith leaders, labor leaders and concerned citizens rallied for child safety in front of the Dept. of Children and Family Services headquarters. 

We Have LA County's Attention

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Thousands of LA County social workers went out on strike beginning Thursday morning to protest unfair labor practices committed by LA County management that put children at risk. 

LA County: 'It's All About the Children'

LA County leaders have turned their backs on abused and neglected children and refused commonsense reforms that would protect kids.

December 4 Bargaining Update

Fringe Benefits Settled!

Here are some of the highlights of the agreement:
  • 7.2% increase in the County's Options contribution for 2014 and an additional 7.2% increase for 2015.
  • In 2014, this will fully cover HMO medical premium increases and will mean more cash back in paychecks.
  • $500 bonus in 2014 ($250 in January 2014, $250 in July 2014).
  • Eliminates the cap on County match for Horizons deferred compensation plan. This means more dollars in SEIU 721 members' Horizons accounts.
  • $400,000 for Rideshare subsidies for SEIU 721 members who walk, bicycle, carpool or use public transit to get to work.

Social Workers Make a Special Delivery

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On December 3, dozens of children's social workers, community advocates and faith leaders delivered hundreds of teddy bears to County Supervisors. Afterward, they rallied and spoke in front of the Hall of Administration. The message was: Contract negotiations are a fight for the children of Los Angeles.

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