Your Local 620 staff continues to work hard in support of the members that we represent and working people in general. Even though we are a small local, members, leadership, and staff of Local 620 contribute to the labor movement at the national, state, and local levels by participating in organizing the unorganized, working on national programs like the Fight for $15 or State programs along with other labor organizations such as “Secure Retirement for All,” and on the local level by supporting political activity within the communities that we represent.
The County of Santa Barbara continues to drag their feet with negotiations. Instead of addressing our salary re-opener or our equity re-opener as provided in our MOU, the county chose to combine the two separate re-openers into one. As a result of the county taking this position, they conducted a salary study (on their own), which resulted in minimal equity adjustments for less than 10% of the members that we represent given the parameters that they received from the Board of Supervisors (BOS), which was to only address individuals that are out of market by 20.0% or greater. In addition, the county offered four paid days off between Christmas and New Year’s Day instead of an additional across the board salary increase to the 1.0% that our members received in July of this year. The reason provided to us at the table is that the BOS only wants to address issues of market salaries at this time. Even more insulting is that County Human Resources on August 25, 2014 proposed an additional 3.0% movement in management’s salary bands and equity adjustments to various management and unrepresented positions without any regard for the 20.0% threshold or market salary as outlined by the BOS. At the time of this article, we expect to go back to the table soon with our salary survey and based on objections, management salary enhancements have been rescheduled until such time as the BOS receive some survey information that will justify the requested raises. My only comment is that I am completely confident that County HR can construct documentation to support raises for their colleagues and themselves.
I am happy to report that at the end of July, Local 620 members who are employed by San Luis Obispo Superior Court ratified a three-year successor MOU. The new contract will provide for a 2.0% COLA retro to July 1, 2015, a 1.0% COLA in 2nd year of the contract along with the retirement offset and a 2.0% COLA in the last year of the contract, an additional $25.00 increase to their cafeteria plan per year, special duty pay for legal processing clerks working in the courtrooms, vacation clean-up language and a 1 to 1 offset for employer paid employee portion of retirement cost, effective June 2016. I would like to thank the bargaining team and the membership for their willingness to fight for a fair contract.
For several years, the Executive Board of Local 620 has strived to enhance Local 620’s image as an active member of the community. One of the processes that we have used is to participate in worthy activities in support of various charities. Currently we have two events that we are either sponsoring or co-hosting in October.
The first event will be the Annual Dinner for Santa Barbara Special Olympics to be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in which we will be providing Local 620’s BBQ, some of the food, and members to cook, in support of the fundraising activity that will provide these athletes with financial support so that they can participate in their chosen sport.
The second event is the American Lung Association’s Santa Maria Heart Walk. Santa Barbara Superior Court members for the 3rd year have requested that we sponsor members in the annual Heart Walk that will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
It is imperative that unions show that we are caring members of the community and not just some faceless target for anti-union organization propaganda. We have members out there who not only provide much needed services to the public through their occupation, but provide meaningful support to less fortunate individuals in the community during their our off hours. It is important to put a face and positive actions when we go out in public as union workers on the job and when we are off.
Local 620 is dedicated to providing meaningful, quality service to our members and our communities. We look forward to involvement and interaction with members both in a group setting and one on one. We value your constructive input, and suggestions, and we encourage you to participate in your union.
Bruce Corsaw, Executive Director