For more than 5 years, Pima County employees went without raises and our families made sacrifices because we knew the county was facing an economic struggle. When the economy improved, members were ready with a plan to fight for the pay increase employees need to support ourselves and our families.
We talked to hundreds of employees and put together the hard facts…and we shared our stories with management and the Board of Supervisors. We also gathered more than 1,000 signatures on petitions asking for a raise, and we sent emails and made phone calls to management and the Board of Supervisors, too.
Here’s what we won:
3.02% raise plus a one-time employee compensation award! (In this year’s budget, employees won an employee compensation package of nearly $12 million.)
• 1% raise + award scheduled for July 19, 2013 paycheck
• 2% raise scheduled for January 17, 2014 paycheck
5.3 million: One-time employee compensation awards
based on years of service: $200 for each year worked, up to $1,000 maximum.
We will continue to work toward additional raises for 2014-15.
Let’s keep the momentum going as we near the end of bargaining for our 2013-14 MOU! For more information and to schedule a worksite meeting, call Art Mendoza at 520-465-9729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re stronger together – and together we can achieve even more!
Our plan to win a wage increase for Pima County employees is moving forward.
Pima County brothers and sisters have stood together at two Pima County Board of Supervisors meetings to make our voices heard.
Click here to read the story in the “Arizona Daily Star” and view a video of our union sister, Monica Nicholas, as she spoke to the Board on February 12.
This is just the beginning. We’re committed to providing the highest quality services to our community while we work together to support good jobs that keep Pima County’s economy flowing and growing.
We’re Stronger Together! Join us!
On January 15, SEIU WIC members met with our new Pima County Health Director, Dr. Francisco Garcia and Deputy County Administrator Jan Lesher at our Union Hall to make them aware of many concerns and questions WIC employees have had, and to discuss a plan to move forward with our department. Among the issues we talked about were:
• Client wait times are growing longer. What can be done to help us provide faster service to families in need?
• We are understaffed. Will more WIC employees be hired? If so, when?
• High staff turnover is an issue. Is there a plan to retain current staff?
• What can be done to make sure employees feel respected and valued?
• How can we ensure that our voices will be heard when we have concerns – or suggestions?
Management is listening!
Here are highlights from the meeting:
• Dr. Garcia is currently working with employees and his managers on a comprehensive plan to address ongoing concerns and improve quality services at Pima WIC.
• Dr. Garcia announced that six new CNS positions will be posted and they are committed to evaluate staffing, assignments and the plan to retain current staff.
• They acknowledged concerns over employee treatment and the need for respect.
• Employees will have a strong voice! Dr. Garcia agreed to set up quarterly meetings with health department employees and SEIU to continue to work together to address issues, but more importantly, to share ideas and celebrate our successes!
The conversation continues. Tell us what you think!
Click here for a questionnaire from Dr. Garcia. We’ll connect with you to get your comments and deliver the results to Dr. Garcia.
Let’s make sure our voice is heard!
On September 27, SEIU AZ completed our successful first election as Local 48, achieving another milestone in our quest to build a union that is entirely of, by and for our members.
Together, we elected excellent leaders who are devoted to creating a better future for all working families in Arizona and strengthening our relationships with the communities we serve. We congratulate our new officers!
Congratulations to our new officers!
President: Maya Castillo
Maya has been an active member of the Pima County Chapter for several years, and has served as Chapter Chair since 2010. Among her most recent honors, The Tucson Daily Star named her one of Tucson’s “40 Under 40” – an award presented to the city’s most influential young leaders.
Vice President: Molly McGovern
Molly has served as Political Director for SEIU AZ for six years, working with State, County, City and Town officials, achieving victories in protecting the rights of public employees.
Treasurer: Lorraine Dorame, Pima County Chapter member
Secretary: Edwina Vogan, Arizona State Chapter member
Pima County Chapter
Chapter Chair: John Becerra
Vice Chair – Administrative/Technical/Clerical: Sofia Blue
Vice Chair – Labor and Trades: Rafael Santa Cruz
Executive Board: Patrick McGinnis and Carlos Ochoa
Executive Board: Mark Hardenburg
Trustee: James Salazar
Under the Local Constitution each term of office is for three years starting October 1, 2012. With the leadership of these new officers, we look forward to a bright future for every SEIU AZ member!
In Arizona, bus riders in Tucson and Phoenix were met by SEIU members and friends who gave out hundreds of free bottles of cold water while they collected signatures on petitions to send to Congress. In Tucson, SEIU members were joined by Bus Riders Union volunteers and in Phoenix, members teamed up with the Arizona Advocacy Network.
SEIU Pima Chapter Chair Maya Castillo said, “The people we talked to were so happy to see us. They appreciated the water and they were eager to sign petitions to increase the minimum wage.”
SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry and Christine Owens, Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project, co-authored an editorial published on CNN.com. Click here to read “Hardworking Americans should not be living in poverty.”
Our SEIU Bargaining Team has worked hard to produce an new Memorandum of Understanding with Pima County!
Voting will take place from Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26 at locations that will make voting easy for you. Click here for the complete schedule.
Your voice counts! Take a moment to vote!