Local 620 staff is continuing to support our members and working people in general. As we enter the holiday season, it is important to remember our priorities: our family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. We are proud of the effort Local 620 has put forth in supporting our members and our community throughout the year. The most challenging aspect of 2016 has been that so many of our members’ employers have forgotten the family-like relationship they share with their employees. If this relationship were respected and supported, employers would find they would have a loyal and dedicated team that could provide meaningful service to the public.
We recently have concluded negotiations with our largest employer, the County of Santa Barbara. Our membership overwhelmingly approved the three-year contract on October 27, 2016. We would like to thank the membership and Local 620’s bargaining team, which consists of Matt Smith from General Services, Lupe Enriquez from DSS, Bill Haro from Laguna Sanitation, Sara Scofield from BWELL, Billy Mann from Parks, Mindi Boulet from the Public Defender’s Office, Scott Dunlap from SBCERS, Margo Wagner from CSD, Sylvia Lazos from DA and Local 620 staff members, for their determination in obtaining the best contract possible.
The County’s representatives delayed the process and refused to bargain in good faith until a time they declared impasse, offering only a one-year, 2% salary increase. After a mediator was called in from State Mediation Services, negotiations commenced for two days be we reached a proposed contract that we could recommend to our membership.
The following is a summary of Local 620’s contract with the County of Santa Barbara, effective November 7, 2016:
Term: 3 years.
Salary Increase: 2.0% upon ratification, 2.5% effective July 3, 2017 and 2.5% effective July 2, 2018.
Equity Adjustment: .5% Bank (approximately $900,000) effective July 3, 2017 and .5% Bank (approximately $900,000) effective July 2, 2018.
Deputy Duty Standby Pay: Increase to $768 per pay period.
Me-Too Language: Agreed upon.
Step Increases: Adhere to Civil Service rules.
Crane Certification: 3.0% special duty pay.
Safety Glasses: Increase to $225
Reopener September 2017: Employee retirement contributions.
Signing Bonus: $200 per employee effective December 2016.
Many of our other jurisdictions are negotiating their successor contracts. Bargaining teams have been formed, and staff have been assigned to support the bargaining process. We are calling on our members to stand with their bargaining teams and leadership to fight for fair and respectful employee contracts.
Local 620 is dedicated to providing meaningful, quality service to our members and communities. We look forward to interacting with members, both in group settings and one-on-one. We value your constructive input and suggestions, and we encourage you to participate in your Union.
Local 620’s Executive Board and staff would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a brighter New Year!
From the Executive Director