Supporting Community Events
Local 620 staff continues to work hard in support of the members whom we represent and working people in general. As we enter the holiday season, it is important to remember our priorities − our family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Throughout the year, I have been proud of the work Local 620 has done in support of our members and the community. The most difficult part of 2015 for me is the fact that so many of the employers that employ our members have forgotten the relationship between them and their employees is like a family relationship. If these employers would only provide respect and support to their employees similar to what I hope they provide to their family members, then they would have a loyal and dedicated team that could provide meaningful service to the public.
At the time of writing this article, we are nearing the end of negotiating on two re-openers with the County of Santa Barbara. The first re-opener on salary did not result in salary increases as initially intended, at least by our members. What the county did was to provide a onetime bank of 32 hours paid time to be used between Christmas and New Years. Whereas our members appreciated this good faith gesture on their part, much needed ongoing salary increases would have been more appreciated especially because employees gave up so much when the county had budget problems, with the promise that when times were better they would make it up to us. I guess the two members of the Board of Supervisors (BOS) were right when they stated at one of their board meetings that “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” when referring to Locals 620’s declaration of impasse over equity after they provided the 32 hour paid time off. I am sorry that the BOS so suddenly forgot the $33 million dollars that we saved the County when they were in need.
The second re-opener, as already stated, is for salary equity adjustments. It is expected that by the time this article is published, this situation will have been resolved. An impasse was declared by Local 620 over four classifications (plus ripples) that we believed met the threshold of being over 20.0% out of market and / or being a ripple of other classifications already agreed to receive a 5.0% equity adjustment by the parties. The good news is at a minimum 160 members of Local 620 will receive the 5.0% adjustment and hopefully through the impasse process, another 105 members will receive some adjustment. Again, Local 620 struggles to bargain with the county mainly because of their unwillingness to work well with their labor organizations.
I need to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to my employer Local 620, our board, our membership, and the individuals who participated in making Local 620’s contribution to Santa Barbara’s Special Olympics Fund Raiser Dinner at Casa De La Guerra so successful.
Local 620 is very proud of supporting community events and especially Special Olympics functions. The athletes are amazing and definitely embrace the true meaning of sportsmanship, courage, determination, and team spirit.
Local 620 provided the Tri-tip, chicken, bread and beans along with our new BBQ, wood, and staff to prepare the food. Special thanks to our members who did the buying, prepping, cooking, and clean-up: Master Cook Stanley Macias who led our operation, and Thomas Welch, both City of Santa Barbara employees and Mike Woods, Field Operations Supervisor for Local 620.
I would also like to thank Cathy Murillo City Councilwomen for the City of Santa Barbara for coming out to the BBQ area to visit and for her offer to help. In addition, thanks to all of the residents and visitors to Santa Barbara who stopped by the BBQ area mostly looking to purchase food and finding out that the food was for the fundraiser dinner in support of Special Olympics. Their words of gratitude, encouragement, and stories of support for Special Olympics were great and made our day.
I would also like to thank Local 620’s Executive Board Secretary Olivia McNutt and our Santa Barbara Superior Court members for taking the lead in support of American Heart & Lung Association’s 2015 Heart Walk, which was held at Waller Park in Santa Maria on October 24, 2015. Great cause, good turn out, and it looks like a wonderful time was had by all.
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. 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. Local 620’s Executive Board and staff would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season and our sincere wishes for a better New Year.
Bruce Corsaw, Executive Director