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  • 2015 SLOCEA Academic Scholarships Awarded

    It is truly SLOCEA’s honor to award Academic Scholarships.  This year we proudly awarded nine (9) academic scholarships.  Each applicant was extremely impressive and certainly worthy of special recognition for all their hard work.

    Nicholas D’Acri will be attending UCLA.  He is ranked 8th out of a class of 353 with a GPA of 4.538.  Nicholas will be studying evolutionary and marine biology. His SLOCEA parent is Phil D’Arci who works within the Public Services bargaining unit as an Associate Real Property Agent (Airports).

    Brogan Nicolds will be attending the University of California San Diego majoring in Bioengineering. He is ranked 15th out of a class of 353 with a GPA of 4.463. Brogan’s goal is to become a thoracic surgeon. His SLOCEA parent is Cindy Nicolds who works within the Clerical bargaining unit as a Senior Account Clerk for the Treasures-Tax Collector.

    Sara Sparks plans to attend Cal Poly, Pepperdine, or Chapman University this fall and study political science with an emphasis on pre-law. She was ranked 85th out of a class of 353 with a GPA is a 4.089.  Sara’s goal is to become a lawyer. Her SLOCEA parent is Hilda Sparks who works within the Public Services bargaining unit as a Public Health Aide II.

    Emily Hillsinger will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in English. She is ranked 80th out of a class of 353 with a GPA of 4.093.  Emily’s goal is to become an English teacher. Her SLOCEA parent is Lance Hillsinger who works within the Public Services bargaining unit as a Social Worker IV.

    Nicholas Wilcox will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in mechanical engineering with the goal of becoming an engineer. His GPA is a 4.04.  Nicholas’ SLOCEA parent is Anita Wilcox who works within Public Services bargaining unit as a Paralegal for the District Attorney’s office.

    Holden Nix will be attending Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he has committed to play for their baseball team as a pitcher. He intends to major in psychology. His SLOCEA parent is Tracy Nix who works within the Public Services bargaining unit as a Social Worker IV for the District Attorney’s office.

    Anne Wilcox is a returning college student to CSU Fresno. She continues to seek out opportunities to advance her learning and immerse herself in the health field.  Her SLOCEA parent is Anita Wilcox who works within the Public Services bargaining unit as a Paralegal for the District Attorney’s office.

    Juan Fonseca III is a returning college student to Arizona State University where his focus is on aviation with the hope of becoming a CEO for a major airline. His SLOCEA parent is Juan Fonseca II who works within the Public Services bargaining unit as a Social Services Program Review Specialist.

    Bonnie Running is a SLOCEA member who works within the Clerical bargaining unit for the Library as Administrative Assistant III.  Bonnie is a returning student to San Jose University. She continues her studies with the goal of achieving her Masters in Library and Information Science.

    Many thanks and appreciation goes to the SLOCEA Academic Scholarship Committee for all their efforts and thoroughness in reviewing the scholarship applications.  This year’s committee was comprised of Chairman Brad Prior, Board Directors Kristen Barnhart, Linda Munoz, Cynthia Becker; SLOCEA members Jeremiah Damery and Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer.  Great job to all!

    A Hearty CONGRATULATIONS to all the 2015 SLOCEA Scholarship Award recipients.  We wish them the very best with all their future endeavors.  It’s clear to see they have a bright future!

    From Left to right: Nicholas D’Arci, Brogan Nicolds, Sara Sparks, Emily Hillsinger, Nicholas Wilcox, Anne Wilcox, and Juan Fonseca. Not pictured Holden Nix and Bonnie Running

  • Honoring the 2014 SLOCEA Volunteers

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  • What is the Ratification Process?

    BIG UNIT:
    Hopefully by now you have all read the latest post that the Big Unit Negotiating Team came away from the table with a Tentative Agreement on Tuesday, December 16th  at 5:30 p.m.

    Although the Negotiating Team considers this package to be far less than ideal, the team also believes that it represents the best that can be achieved for a two-year package for the current bargaining cycle.

    1. This is a TENTATIVE Agreement, and requires a vote (ratification) – YES (to approve) or NO (not approve) from the Big Unit membership.

    2. Ballots will be mailed December 31, 2014.

    3. An informational BIG UNIT meeting is being held Wednesday, January 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the SLO Vets Hall. Your VOTE is your VOICE in the ratification process. Before you cast your vote to approve or not approve (ratify) the Tentative Agreement (see post on Members-Only Portal for details), we are offering you the opportunity to attend an informational meeting to address any and all concerns regarding the tentative agreement.   We strongly encourage you to attend this meeting so you will have the knowledge to make an informed decision regarding your contract.

    4. Members need to VOTE to APPROVE or NOT APPROVE the Tentative Agreement, returning ballots by 5:00 p.m. on January 20, 2015.

    5. January 21, 2015, SLOCEA communicates to the County the results of the ratification vote.

    6. If ACCEPTED, the Board of Supervisors will need to approve. The retro-active pay will go back to July 1, 2014, but will not be in paychecks until at least February 2015.

  • 9/11/2001 Never Forget

    By Pat McNamara, SLOCEA General Manager

    On this 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, let us take time to pause, reflect on this important time in our Nation’s history; and, remember the victims that were lost, and the sacrifices that were made by so many brave Americans who responded to render aid.

    The September 11 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center resulted in 2,977 deaths. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center. However, most of those who died were U.S. citizens. The other countries with the highest losses are the United Kingdom with 67, the Dominican Republic with 47, and India with 41.

     

    In 2007, the New York City medical examiner’s office began to add people to the official death toll who died of illnesses caused by exposure to dust from the site. The first such victim was a woman who had died in February 2002 from a lung condition. In 2009, a man who died in 2008 was added, and in 2011 a man who died in 2010. So far, 2,999 people are listed as having died due to the attacks.

     

    Additionally 1,140 responders and people who worked, lived or studied in Lower Manhattan at the time have since been diagnosed with cancer. Over 1400 9/11 rescue workers have died since the 9/11 attacks. These were the victims who responded to the scene in the months after the attacks and later developed health issues directly related there response activities. It is also known that there were eleven unborn babies who died on 9/11.

     

    On this somber day we remember the innocent victims, the brave first responders who gave their lives trying to help, and those who have since lost their lives due to health issues brought on by their response and activities at ground zero. Also, all the brave American service men and woman who have since given their lives fighting the scourge of terrorism, and those who continue to wage that fight even now.

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    The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom. –Rudolph W. Giuliani. December 31, 2001.

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    Our enemies have made the mistake that America’s enemies always make. They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness. And now, they see defeat. –George W. Bush, President of the United States.

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     May God continue to Bless the United States of America!

  • Classification/Position Review Process

    Historically, SLO County Human Resources opened up a “window” each year, when employees could submit classification or position review requests. These requests are used to start the process to determine if an employee is working “out of class” or not.  According to the NEW POLICY, County Human Resources will now accept requests to review positions at any time during the year.   A first key step in the new policy is to meet with your supervisor to discuss concerns.

    Click here for more information

  • SLOCEA’s Board of Directors Election for 2014/2015

    Last month, we published a list of candidates who were interested in serving on SLOCEA’s Board of Directors.  All SLOCEA members were notified in that issue to contact us with any nominations or to declare their interest in running for a Board seat.  We did not receive any declarations of interest or nominations.

    Consequently, we will not be mailing out election ballots as previously reported.  As no Board seats were contested and all the candidates are incumbents, the Board of Directors decided to terminate the 2014/2015 election and not needlessly spend time and money to hold a non-contested election.    According to SLOCEA’s Bylaw Article VII, section 5: “At the time of election, if the seat of any officer or director of the Board of Directors is uncontested, the sitting officer or director shall be appointed to the seat by the President of the Association, in lieu of election.  The sitting officer or director shall be subject to confirmation by a vote of at least two-thirds of the Board of Directors.  A simple majority of the voting officers and directors shall be sufficient to confirm the appointment, in keeping with the spirit and intent of Elections Code section 10229 and 10515.”

    SLOCEA Board meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the Board of Supervisors chambers located within the County Government Center on Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo.  All SLOCEA members are invited and strongly encouraged to attend Board meetings.

    Here is a current list of your Board of Directors.  Please feel free to contact them with any questions, concerns, suggestions, or input on how SLOCEA can better serve its members.  You may also contact SLOCEA directly at info@slocea.org or by dialing 543-2021.  We’d be happy to hear from you.

    President:                                          Dan Qualey, Public Works

    Vice President:                                 Dave Loden, Public Works

    Secretary/Treasurer:                      Jim Mallon, Assessor

    Public Services:                               Gina Pinto, Public Health;  Brad Prior, Public Health;  Amber Trigueros, Behavioral Health

    Trades, Crafts, & Services:             Dan Linhares, Public Works

    Supervisory:                                      Vacant

    Los Osos CSD:                                 Robert Diemel, Utilities

    Court Supervisory:                          Vacant

    Clerical:                                             Linda Munoz, Treasurer-Tax-Collector

    At Large:                                           Kristen Barnhart, Library;  Cynthia Becker, Sheriff-Coroner;  Diana McPartlan, District Attorney;  Scott Smith-Cooke, Airport

  • Welcome Pat McNamara

    It is truly an honor to be appointed as the new General Manager of SLOCEA. More importantly, I consider it to be a privilege to have the opportunity to represent the labor relations interests of the hard working and dedicated employees who make up the SLOCEA membership.

    As I assume my duties as General Manager, I do so at a time when our various bargaining units are already at the bargaining table, or soon will be. With an economy in rebound and a healthier financial outlook throughout the state, our goal at the table will be to achieve recognition for the sacrifices our membership made in helping the County through its past economic difficulties.

    As your bargaining teams head to the table, I urge all our members to lend your support and patience for what is typically a protracted and/or arduous process.

    Please make sure your postal and email addresses are updated at the SLOCEA office so that we can keep you updated as the process moves forward.

    In closing, I would like to extend my best wishes to outgoing General Manager Kimm Daniels, as she begins a well deserved retirement. Kimm skillfully led SLOCEA as General Manager for the past nine years, including through some of the most difficult and trying times in the history of the organization.

    Kimm, on behalf of myself and the entire SLOCEA membership, whom I know you care for so deeply, I wish you a long, healthy, and enjoyable retirement! You have more than earned it!

    God Bless!

  • 2014 SLOCEA Academic Scholarships Awarded

    left to right: Andrew Tonascia, Amanda West, Bonnie Running, Austen Trout, Ann Wilcox, Matthew Scott (not pictured Jacob Hunter, Alyssa Sullivan, and Danielle Huseby

    It is truly SLOCEA’s honor to award Academic Scholarships.  This year we proudly awarded nine (9) academic scholarships.  Each applicant was extremely impressive and certainly worthy of special recognition for all their hard work.The 2014 Academic Scholarship awards were presented at the May 21st Board of Directors Meeting by Academic Scholarship Committee Chairman Brad Prior.  Here are the 2014 SLOCEA Academic Scholarship recipients:

    Austen Trout will be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in Physics.  He is ranked 26th out of a class of 305 with a GPA of 4.426.  Andrew’s goal is to become a creative and productive member of the newly reinvigorated Aerospace industry. He is driven to seek a profession in this field and be an active part as this exciting new era begins. His SLOCEA parent is Debra Leal who works within the Public Services bargaining unit as a Library Assistant for the County.

    Matthew Scott will be attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo majoring in Computer Science with a minor in music.  He has earned a 4.0 GPA.  Matthew has a love of music and computer science/programming.  His dream is to work on the music team of a video game development company and bring the joy of a new world to people everywhere.  His SLOCEA parent is Pamela Scott who works within the Public Services bargaining unit as a Departmental Automated Specialist I for the Department of Social Services.

    Anne Wilcox is a returning student to CSU Fresno. Her goals for the rest of her nursing education are to continue to broaden her experience in nursing and seek out new experiences, such as long-term care as a volunteer for hospice.  Anne has also developed an interest in OR nursing.  She continues to excel and thrive in all areas of her college experience. Her SLOCEA parent is Anita Wilcox who works within the Public Services bargaining unit as a Paralegal for the District Attorney’s office.

    Bonnie Running is a SLOCEA member who works within the Clerical bargaining unit for the Library as Administrative Assistant III.  Bonnie will be attending San Jose State University to earn her MLIS degree. She feels the MLIS program is the best way for her to be up to speed with what a modern librarian should know.  She wants to make sure that when she retires, libraries are still a place that serves the community, even if they do it differently than when she was a kid.

    Jacob Hunter will be attending Grand Canyon University where he will focus on biblical studies. He has a 4.1364 GPA and plans to continue his ministry and start a church that will change the world. His SLOCEA parent is Scott Seyer who works within the Supervisory bargaining unit for General Services as a Supervising Custodian.

    Alyssa Sullivan will be returning to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Alyssa has maintained a 4.0 GPA during her first year of college studies. She continues to work hard toward her goal of being a large animal veterinarian with an emphasis on equine.  Her SLOCEA parent is Tim Sullivan who works within the Public Services bargaining unit as an Employment/Resource Specialist III for the Department of Social Services.

    Andrew Tonascia will be attending UC San Diego majoring in Computer Science. His GPA is a 4.3077.  Andrew’s goal is to master Computer Science in college and study abroad to become a more educated member of the community.  He hopes to use his knowledge of robotics to become a productive member of the vibrant engineering atmosphere in California. His SLOCEA parent is Sallie Tonascia who works within the Supervisory bargaining unit as a Librarian II for the County.

    Amanda West will be attending Sacramento State University to begin her pre-law education.  Her goal is to become an attorney.  Amanda intends to continue her volunteer service while in college with an organization that assists in a third world country for an entire summer.  Her SLOCEA parent is Veronica West who works within the Supervisory bargaining unit as a Social Worker Supervisor II for the Department of Social Services.

    Danielle Huseby will be attending the University of Arizona to begin their rigorous pre-veterinary program.  She will be the first member of her family to attend a university and she is dedicated to making her vision of being a veterinarian a reality.  Her SLOCEA parent is Carolyn Sorrow-Huseby who works within the Clerical bargaining unit for the Sheriff-Coroner as a legal clerk.

    Many thanks and appreciation goes to the SLOCEA Academic Scholarship Committee for all their efforts and thoroughness in reviewing the scholarship applications.  This year’s committee was comprised of Chairman Brad Prior, Board Directors Kristen Barnhart, Linda Munoz, Cynthia Becker; SLOCEA members Jeremiah Damery and Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer.  Great job to all!

    Hearty CONGRATULATIONS to the 2014 SLOCEA Scholarship Award recipients.  We wish them the very best with all their future endeavors.  It’s clear to see they have a bright future!

  • WAGE Scholarship Opportunity – Deadline July 1, 2014

    SLOCEA is an affiliate member of the Working Assembly of Governmental Employees (WAGE).  SLOCEA can nominate one individual for the WAGE scholarship.  The WAGE Board of Directors has established an annual scholarship fund to award a scholarship in the amount of $500.00 to a WAGE affiliate that has qualified under the following WAGE guidelines:

    Eligible nominations shall be a member or a first-degree dependent of, a member organization of WAGE.

    1. Nominees shall be interviewed and qualified under the rules outlined in the scholarship application.  Interviews shall be conducted by a committee established by the WAGE affiliate.
    2. The affiliate committee shall be diligent in the verification of information as described in the nominee application.
    3. All nominees will be rated in the following areas:
    4. Character
    5. Leadership qualities
    6. Service to others
    7. Financial need
    8. Scholastic ability and initiative
      1. Affiliate organizations may nominate one representative of their organization for the scholarship award.
      2. The WAGE Board of Directors shall determine the recipient of the scholarship award.
      3. Payment will be made directly to the institution of higher learning.

    Scholarship applicants will need to provide:

    WAGE scholarship application. Click here for application.

    1. Two references (non family members).
    2. Most recent official school transcripts.
    3. One page essay on why this scholarship is important to you.

    The scholarship application is available from SLOCEA.  Please call the office at 543-2021 to obtain an application.  The Application must be received in the SLOCEA office by the deadline of July 1, 2014.  Individuals who submitted for the SLOCEA sponsored scholarship program may also apply for the WAGE scholarship.  However, you must submit the WAGE scholarship application and required documents in order to be considered.   For more information, contact SLOCEA at 543-2021.

  • Nominations for the 2014 SLOCEA Board of Directors due by July 15th

    It’s election time!  SLOCEA encourages all interested members to take part in guiding your Employees’ Association by running for a position on your Board of Directors.  This is an excellent way to make a difference in what your Employees’ Association does.  Service on your Board ensures that you and your co-workers know what is going on and have input regarding SLOCEA’s policy decisions.  Your Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. to discuss current issues affecting public employees and to set policy for SLOCEA.  The Board considers all policy matters affecting the Association, makes policy recommendations to the membership and takes such executive action as is deemed desirable or necessary within the limitations of the bylaws.

    Officers and Directors are elected for two-year terms.  To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, you must be in a bargaining unit represented by the Association and a regular member of the Association for twelve (12) consecutive months prior to becoming a candidate for election to or appointment to the Association’s Board of Directors.  To be eligible to hold an Officer’s seat you must be a Regular Member of the Association, in a bargaining unit represented by the Association, and have served as a SLOCEA Board Director for at least two years.

    If you would like to run for one of these positions, please send us a brief letter stating your desire to appear on the upcoming ballot and a brief “campaign” statement.  Your letter can be sent via e-mail to info@slocea.org or mailed to our business office located at:

    SLOCEA

    1035 Walnut Street,

    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

    Letters of nomination must be received in the SLOCEA business office by July 15th.  Election ballots will be mailed to all SLOCEA members on record as of the pay period ending July 19th.

    Listed below are the positions that are open and the names of candidates who have already indicated their willingness to serve on the Board:

    Vice President Dave Loden (Incumbent)
    BU #1: Public Services (3 seats available) Gina Pinto (Incumbent) and 2 vacant seats
    BU #2: Trades (2 seats available) Dan Linhares (Incumbent) and 1 vacant seat
    BU #5: Supervisory (1 seat available) 1 vacant seat
    BU #13 Clerical (1 seat available) Linda Munoz (Incumbent)
    Courts (1 seat available) 1 vacant seat
    At Large (3 seats available) Diana McPartlan (Incumbent) and 2 vacant seats

    Please consider running for one of these positions on the Board of Directors.  It’s an excellent way to make a difference.

    Please submit nominations by July 15th.

  • Nominating Committee for Board of Directors Election Appointed

    At the May Board of Directors meeting, President Qualey appointed himself and SLOCEA Board Directors Jim Mallon, Brad Prior, Kristen Barnhart, and Cynthia Becker to the 2014 Board of Director’s Nomination Committee.  They have been tasked with the responsibility of presenting a slate of candidates for Association Officers and Directors slated for an election.  The slate of candidates shall be announced in the July issue of THE COUNTY BLADE.  Following the announcement of the slate of candidates, members shall have ten (10) business days to nominate additional candidates.

    SLOCEA encourages all interested members to take part in guiding your Employees’ Association by running for a position on your Board of Directors.  This is an excellent way to make a difference in what your Employees’ Association does.  Service on your Board ensures that you and your co-workers know what is going on and have input into all of SLOCEA’s policy decisions.  Your Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. to discuss current issues affecting public employees and to set policy for SLOCEA.  The Board considers all policy matters affecting the Association, makes policy recommendations to the membership, and takes such executive action as is deemed desirable or necessary within the limitations of the bylaws.

    Officers and Directors are elected for two-year terms.  To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, you must be in a bargaining unit represented by the Association and a Regular Member of the Association for twelve (12) consecutive months prior to becoming a candidate for election to or appointment to the Association’s Board of Directors.  To be eligible to hold an Officer’s seat you must be a Regular Member of the Association, in a bargaining unit represented by the Association, and have served as a Director for at least two years.

    If you would like to run for one of these positions, please contact a member of the nominating committee: Dan Qualey (dan.dawn@charter.net), Jim Mallon (Mallon_jim@yahoo.com), Brad Prior (bradandsue6190@sbcglobal.net), Kristen Barnhart (kristenbarnhart53@gmail.com), Cynthia Becker (becker.cynthia@gmail.com).

     Here are the positions that are open: 

    Vice President (Dave Loden incumbent)

    BU#1: Public Services has 3 seats available (Gina Pinto incumbent and 2 vacant seats)

    BU#2: Trades & Crafts has 2 seats available (Dan Linhares incumbent and 1 vacant seat)

    BU#5: Supervisory has 1 seat available

    BU#13: Clerical has 1 seat available (Linda Munoz incumbent)

    Courts has 1 seat available

    LOCSD has 1 seat available

    At Large has 3 seats available (Diana McPartlan incumbent and 2 vacant seats)

    Please consider running for one of these positions on the Board of Directors.  It’s an excellent way to make a difference.

  • San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed loses statewide pension reform ballot challenge

    By Mike Rosenberg

    mrosenberg@mercurynews.com

    Posted:   03/14/2014 06:09:23 AM PDT

    SACRAMENTO — San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s statewide pension reform initiative was dealt a major setback Thursday when a judge rejected a lawsuit that could have made it much easier for Reed get his measure on the ballot.

    Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose office must write an unbiased overview for all initiatives aimed for the California ballot, in January issued what Reed considered an inaccurate summary for his proposed statewide pension measure. Last month, Reed sued to overturn the summary while he put signature-gathering to qualify the initiative for the ballot on hold.

    In a tentative ruling the day before Friday’s final hearing, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner shot down Reed’s case, saying that Reed failed to prove Harris’ ballot summary was false, misleading or biased.

    “The court must presume her language is accurate, absent ‘clear and convincing’ proof otherwise,” Sumner wrote.

    Reed’s measure is now at a standstill — he has said it’s unlikely to make the ballot this year and could be re-launched for the November 2016 election.

    “We disagree with the judge’s tentative decision,” Reed said in a statement, adding that during Friday’s hearing, “our lawyers will be arguing why the ballot summary is inaccurate and likely to create prejudice among the voters. After we receive a final ruling from the courts, I will be conferring with my fellow proponents on how best to move forward.”

    Reed and four other California mayors behind the initiative were upset that the first sentence in Harris’s summary told voters the measure would “eliminate constitutional protections” for public workers, “including teachers, nurses and peace officers.”

    Reed argued his measure would only give local governments power to renegotiate pension benefits for public employees’ future work performed, but Sumner said Harris’s description was still accurate. Reed also charged that citing jobs popular with voters was unfair, though Sumner disagreed again, saying it was helpful and accurate to name the three types of workers that make up half of public employees.

    The attorney general’s office said it agrees with the ruling, but like the coalition of union groups opposing the measure, it declined to comment further until after the ruling is made final Friday.

    It’s the second significant legal blow to Reed’s ballot-box pension reform mission, which has been his biggest priority in his second and final mayoral term that expires at the end of this year. In December, a judge struck down a key part of the city’s voter-approved 2012 Measure B, saying San Jose public workers could not be forced to contribute more toward their pensions.

    Contact Mike Rosenberg at 408-920-5705.

  • Meet Your Newly Installed SLOCEA Board of Directors

    Dan Qualey being sworn in as SLOCEA PresidentDan Qualey being sworn in as SLOCEA President

    The month of July is the time when nominations for the SLOCEA Board of Directors and Officers seats are open.  This past July, the announcement requesting nominations was placed in The Blade, as it is each year.  There were no nominations made by the membership for any of the Officer or Board seats that were up for election.

    Following the SLOCEA bylaws, specifically Article IV, Section 2B and 4, out-going President Ron Coleman appointed Vice President Dan Qualey to assume the presidency of SLOCEA.

    Ron’s appointment required a majority of the Board of Directors to approve and ratify the appointment.  The appointment was unanimously ratified.  Thereafter, Dave Loden was nominated for the office of Vice President, and Jim Mallon was nominated for the office of Secretary/Treasurer.  Both nominations were unanimously approved by the SLOCEA Board of Directors.

    The Board seats for Board members Brad Prior, Kristen Barnhart, Cynthia Becker were  unopposed, and these Board members graciously agreed to continue to serve their fellow employees as Board members.

    Additionally, Linda Munoz from the Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office had expressed a desire to be appointed to a vacant clerical unit seat.  Linda was appointed to the seat, and her appointment was ratified by the Board of Directors.  We are thrilled to have Linda and her enthusiasm join the Board.

    From the staff of SLOCEA and the Board of Directors, we wish to send a huge thank-you to Ron Coleman for his service as an officer and director for SLOCEA.  Ron’s commitment to his fellow employees and the staff are greatly appreciated.  Thank you, Ron!  We will miss you.

    We also, regrettably, said goodbye to Sonia Garcia as a Board member.  Sonia has been a tremendous advocate and Board member during her tenure on the Board.  Sonia has a very busy personal schedule at this time, so decided to step back for awhile.  We wish Sonia all the best and will miss her!

    (from left to right) Brad Prior, Cynthia Becker, Kristen Barnhart, Linda Munoz, Dave Loden, and Jim Mallon

    (from left to right) Brad Prior, Cynthia Becker, Kristen Barnhart, Linda Munoz, Dave Loden, and Jim Mallon

    Dan Qualey and Ron ColemanDan Qualey and Ron Coleman
    Sonia Garcia and Dan QualeySonia Garcia and Dan Qualey
  • Board of Supervisors approves contract for Big Unit

    We have an agreement with the County for an MOU (contract) for the 2013-2014 fiscal year for the Public Services, Supervisory, and Clerical bargaining units (the “Big Unit”).

    Your negotiations team remained focused on doing all that they could to improve the wages and benefits of the SLOCEA represented employees in the “Big Unit.”

    Now for the details you are interested in knowing…

    • The agreement covers the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
    • A total salary increase of 1.18%.  Of this, 0.4% will be retroactive to the pay period which includes July 1, 2013.  The 0.4% is the remainder of the 2009 COLA.  The balance of the salary increase (0.78%) will be payable commencing the first pay period after Board of Supervisors approval.
    • An additional $25.00 per month will be contributed to the health benefits cafeteria amount (increasing the county contribution from $725.58 per month to $750.58 per month).  This will also be effective the first pay period following Board of Supervisors approval.
    • Employees will increase their pension contribution by 0.48%, effective January 2014.  The total contribution increase required was 0.97%.  The County’s contribution will be increased by 0.49%.
    • SLOCEA will be working with the County to contain the number of employees that “opt-out” of County sponsored healthcare plans.  The impact to the cost of the plan is significant. More information on this topic will be forthcoming.

    A special thank you to your SLOCEA negotiating team members for all their hard work:  Pat Blackwell, Ron Coleman, Jim Mallon, Dan Qualey, Art Trinidade and Susan Wells. Great job Team!

  • SLOCEA’s Board of Directors Election for 2013/2014

    Last month, we published a list of candidates who were interested in serving on SLOCEA’s Board of Directors.  All SLOCEA members were notified in that issue to contact us with any nominations or to declare their interest in running for a Board seat.  We did not receive any declarations of interest or nominations.

    Consequently, we will not be mailing out election ballots as previously reported.  As no Board seats were contested and all the candidates are incumbents, the Board of Directors decided to terminate the 2013/2014 election and not needlessly spend time and money to hold a non-contested election.    According to SLOCEA’s Bylaw Article VII, section 5: “At the time of election, if the seat of any officer or director of the Board of Directors is uncontested, the sitting officer or director shall be appointed to the seat by the President of the Association, in lieu of election.  The sitting officer or director shall be subject to confirmation by a vote of at least two-thirds of the Board of Directors.  A simple majority of the voting officers and directors shall be sufficient to confirm the appointment, in keeping with the spirit and intent of Elections Code section 10229 and 10515.”

    All incumbents will be appointed and sworn-in to their current Board seat at the October 16th Board of Directors meeting.  SLOCEA Board meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the Board of Supervisors chambers located within the County Government Center on Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo.  All SLOCEA members are invited and strongly encouraged to attend Board meetings.

    Here is a current list of your Board of Directors.  Please feel free to contact them with any questions, concerns, suggestions, or input on how SLOCEA can better serve its members.  You may also contact SLOCEA directly at info@slocea.org or by dialing 543-2021.  We’d be happy to hear from you.

    President: Ron Coleman, Public Works

    Vice President: Dan Qualey, Public Works

    Secretary/Treasurer: Dave Loden, General Services

    Public Services: Gina Pinto, Public Health; Brad Prior, Public Health

    Trades, Crafts, & Services: Dan Linhares, Public Works

    Supervisory: Sharon Beccacio, Public Health

    Los Osos CSD: Vacant

    Court Supervisory: Vacant

    Clerical: Vacant

    At Large: Kristen Barnhart, Library; Cynthia Becker, Sheriff-Coroner; Sonia Garcia, Public Health; Jim Mallon, Assessor; Diana McPartlan, District Attorney

  • Nominations for the 2013 SLOCEA Board of Directors!

    It’s election time!  SLOCEA encourages all interested members to take part in guiding your Employees’ Association by running for a position on your Board of Directors.  This is an excellent way to make a difference in what your Employees’ Association does.  Service on your Board ensures that you and your co-workers know what is going on and have input regarding SLOCEA’s policy decisions.  Your Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. to discuss current issues affecting public employees and to set policy for SLOCEA.  The Board considers all policy matters affecting the Association, makes policy recommendations to the membership and takes such executive action as is deemed desirable or necessary within the limitations of the bylaws.

    Officers and Directors are elected for two-year terms.  To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, you must be in a bargaining unit represented by the Association and a regular member of the Association for twelve (12) consecutive months prior to becoming a candidate for election to or appointment to the Association’s Board of Directors.  To be eligible to hold an Officer’s seat you must be a Regular Member of the Association, in a bargaining unit represented by the Association, and have served as a SLOCEA Board Director for at least two years.

    If you would like to run for one of these positions, please send us a brief letter stating your desire to appear on the upcoming ballot and a brief “campaign” statement.  Your letter can be sent via e-mail to info@slocea.org or mailed to our business office located at:

    SLOCEA

    1035 Walnut Street,

    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

     Letters of nomination must be received in the SLOCEA business office by July 15th.  Election ballots will be mailed to all SLOCEA members on record as of the pay period ending July 20th.

    Listed below are the positions that are open and the names of candidates who have already indicated their willingness to serve on the Board:

    President No candidates at this time
    Treasurer/Secretary Dave Loden (Incumbent)
    BU #1: Public Services (3 seats available) Brad Prior (Incumbent)
    BU #2: Trades (1 seat available) Open seat; No candidates at this time
    BU #5: Supervisory (1 seat available) Sharon Beccacio (Incumbent)
    BU #13 Clerical (1 seat available) Open seat; No candidates at this time
    Courts (1 seat available) Open seat; No candidates at this time
    LOCSD (1 seat available) Open seat; No candidates at this time
    At Large (3 seats available) Kristen Barnhart (Incumbent)Cynthia Becker (Incumbent)Open Seat

    Please consider running for one of these positions on the Board of Directors.  It’s an excellent way to make a difference.

    Please submit nominations by July 15th.

  • SLOCEA Gives Six Academic Scholarships!

    The San Luis Obispo County Employees’ Association awarded academic scholarships  to Michael D’Acri, Oksana Moscoso, Seth Moskowitz, Alyssa Sullivan, Veronica West, and Anne Wilcox.

    The recipients were judged on their academic performance, community service, extracurricular activities, and a one-page essay describing their community service and academic/vocational goals.

     

    Michael D’Acri with his SLOCEA father Philip D’Acri who works as an Associate Real Property Agent.

    Oksana Moscoso with her SLOCEA father Edwin Moscoso who works as an Agricultural Inspector/Biologist.

     

    We Get Letters!

    Dear SLOCEA,

    Thank you very much for granting me your scholarship.  I appreciate it more than words can express.  I look forward to beginning the journey to my future this fall.  Thanks for helping me accomplish my dreams!

    Sincerely,

    Alyssa Sullivan

     

    Dear SLOCEA,

    I am extremely appreciative of your awarding me a scholarship – THANK YOU!!

    Veronica West

     

    Dear SLOCEA,

    Thank you very much for the generous scholarship you have given me.  I really appreciate the help you provide me and other students to further our education.  It is an honor to have been chosen as a student you want to invest in.  Unfortunately I will be at Camp Ramah as a counselor when the award is being presented, so my mother will be representing me.  The money I have received will make the cost of education easier for both me and my parents.  I cannot thank you enough and hope to meet you in the future.

    Best wishes,

    Seth Moskowitz

     

    Dear SLOCEA Scholarship Committee,

    Thank you so much for selecting me as a recipient of your scholarship; what with the cost of higher education going through the roof (and in my case, the state dis-investing from UC), your generosity is really helping a younger generation to aim to make the world a better place.  I am honored and very grateful.

    Sincerely,

    Michael D’Acri

     

    Dear Scholarship Committee,

    I am honored to have been selected to receive a 2013 SLOCEA Academic Scholarship. I was unable to attend the award presentation on June 19th due to a work conflict but wish to convey my gratitude.  This will be the second year that I have been granted a scholarship through SLOCEA. I am appreciative of your continued support of my academic goals. My award will be invaluable as I begin my first semester in the Fresno State Nursing Program. This gift will help me in purchasing not only textbooks but equipment for clinical hours and my first pair of scrubs.
    I am already getting a head start in my training as I follow a surgeon this summer. I have been following Dr. Bukachevsky at the Templeton Surgery Center. It is support from local groups such as SLOCEA and local institutions such as the Templeton Surgery Center that allow me to advance myself in my academics. The encouragement and experience I gain from home will stay with me as I am away in Fresno.  Thank you again for your support and gracious gift. I look forward to filling you in on my summer experience and my second year adventures in my application next spring.
    Sincerely,

    Anne Wilcox

  • 2013 Discount Booklet and Membership Card

    We are happy to announce that the 2013 Discount Booklets and Membership Cards have been mailed to all SLOCEA members.  This year, over 80 businesses participated, offering SLOCEA members special deals and discounts on merchandise and services!  We encourage you to support our local businesses, especially those that have chosen to offer you special deals for being a SLOCEA member.  Remember to use your membership card and save throughout 2013!

    If you did not receive your Membership Card and Discount Book, please call us at 543-2021 – we’ll get them right out to you!

  • Update 11/7/12:

Proposition 30 passes!       

Prop 31 defeated!         

Prop 32 defeated!

  •  SLOCEA Board of Directors’ recommendations for Props 30, 31, & 32 

YES on Prop 30.   Click here for more information on Prop 30.

  NO on Prop 31.   Click here for more information on Prop 31.

  NO on Prop 32.   Click here for more information on Prop 32.

  • SLOCEA members in the “Big Unit” vote to save jobs!

    The “Big Unit” votes regarding using a portion of the four-tenths of one percent to avoid lay-offs have been counted.  Trades & Crafts were not involved in this ballot because no Trade positions were at risk.  39% of the ballots mailed out were returned.  The results are as follows:

    Yes (save jobs) = 263

    No (lay-offs would result) = 211

    Ineligible Ballots = 3

  • Big Unit Ballots

    This is just a reminder that ballots that were mailed to SLOCEA members in the “Big Unit” (Public Services, Clerical & Supervisory Units) are due back to the SLOCEA business office no later than Tuesday, May 29th at 5:00 p.m. Ballots must be returned in the numbered envelope that was enclosed with your ballot. Envelopes that have the number defaced or removed cannot be counted.

  • It is with sadness that we must report the passing of long-standing SLOCEA member Jeremy Shennum.  Jeremy joined the County in 1981.  He worked as a Drug & Alcohol Svcs Spec IV.  He will be remembered not only for his work for the County but as a counselor at Arroyo Grande High School, where he touched many lives. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families, friends and co-workers of Jeremy. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
  • Officer Vacancies Filled

    Due to the recent retirements of the SLOCEA President and Secretary-Treasurer, the Board of Directors met on April 2, 2012 and voted to fill those Officer vacancies. As per SLOCEA’s Bylaws, to be eligible to serve as an Officer a Board member must have served as a Director for at least two years.

    Vice-President Ron Coleman assumed the position of President for the remainder of the term which will expire October 2013. Dan Qualey was voted in as Vice-President and will serve the remainder of the term which expires October 2012. Dave Loden was voted in as Secretary-Treasurer and will serve the remainder of the term which expires October 2013.

  • SLOCEA Announcement

    SLOCEA wishes to announce the retirement of two of our officers on the SLOCEA Board of Directors. President Deborah Smith-Cooke has resigned from the Board of Directors effective March 30, 2012, pending her upcoming retirement. Secretary-Treasurer Karen Vega has retired in March, and is therefore no longer eligible to serve on the Board of Directors. Both of these hardworking and dedicated women reached or will reach the “magic age” for retirement in the next few days. While we regret that we are losing two outstanding officers, SLOCEA wishes both Deborah and Karen all the best as they begin the next chapter of their lives, and offers our heartfelt thanks for the service and commitment to SLOCEA and all of its members. Congratulations and Best Wishes,Deborah and Karen!

    Effective March 31, 2012, pursuant to SLOCEA bylaws, Vice President Ron Coleman will become SLOCEA President. Thereafter, the Board of Directors will vote on filling the vacant officer positions, in accordance with SLOCEA bylaws. There are several members of the Board of Directors that meet the necessary qualifications to serve as officers of the Association. SLOCEA business will continue without interruption.

  • Trades Unit Ratifies MOU: Ballots were counted at the SLOCEA office Monday, December 5th. 25% of the ballots mailed were returned. The MOU was ratified. There were 33 Yes votes, 4 No votes & 1 ballot was spoiled. A big thank you to Mike Eckman and Jim Mallon for coming in to count the ballots. Click here for the election certification.Click here for the Agreement.
  • It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of two long-standing SLOCEA members.~ ~ ~ On Saturday, November 12th DONNA FEAGIN lost her battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Donna joined the county in 1992 and became a SLOCEA member in 2008. She worked as a Program Review Specialist for the Department of Social Services.~ ~ ~ On Sunday, November 13th MICHAEL PARSONS also lost his battle with Cancer. Michael began his career with the county in 1995 and joined SLOCEA in 1998. He worked for General Services as a Park Ranger Specialist.We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families, friends and co-workers of Donna and Michael. They were dearly loved and will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
  • We Are Ohio Thanked Ohio Voters for Affirming Collective Bargaining Rights for Ohio’s Everyday Heroes: Columbus- Tonight We Are Ohio thanked Ohio voters for their historic and overwhelming support of collective bargaining rights for Ohio’s everyday heroes.  In what is thought to be the first election in the country on collective bargaining rights, Issue 2 was soundly defeated by Ohio voters. Click here for full article.
  • Governor Proposes Pension Reform Plan 10/27/11: Governor Brown has proposed a new Twelve Point Pension Reform Plan which proposes a higher retirement age and a less generous pension system for newly-hired state workers. Click here to read the full proposal.
  • Public Employee Pension Legislatation and Reform Proposals as of September 19, 2011: Click here to view the proposals.
  • Sacramento News and Review: Public enemies, Will public pensions really cause a fiscal ‘tsunami,’ or do critics have a case of pension envy? This article posted with permission of Cosmo Garvin and the Sacramento News and Review. Click here for full article.
  • Ballots are in the mail for the 2011 Board of Directors election!  Check your mailbox for your ballot.  Please make sure to return your ballot in the return envelope provided.  Ballots are due back to SLOCEA’s office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2011.  In the interest of full disclosure, we must point out that there is one small error on the Public Service Unit’s ballot.  Brad Prior, who is running unopposed, was inadvertently listed as incumbent.  Brad is not an incumbent in the board seat he is running for, our apologies for the error.
  • Public Employee Pension Legislatation and Reform Proposals as of July 20, 2011: Click here
  • Californians for Retirement Security, CalPERS Study Shows Harm of Pension-Gutting: This article reprinted with permission from Steve Maviglio, Californians for Retirement Security. Click here for full article.
  • Result of recent Trades ballot:  The Trades & Crafts Unit voted and agreed to amend their MOU to accept a two-tiered retirement system for employees hired on or after July 24, 2011.
  • The Cost of Saving Jobs (Big Unit): SLOCEA has just been informed by the County that the cost of saving our members’ jobs in the Big Unit from layoff or reduction of hours is four tenths of one percent (.004) and one-half of one month’s VEBA contribution ($25).  The VEBA contribution will be reduced to $25 in August 2011 and will return to the regular $50 contribution in September 2011.  SLOCEA has received numerous phone calls from the affected employees expressing their gratitude to the membership for preserving their positions.
  • Update – AB 52 in Senate Health Committee (June 29): Please call the legislators listed in this letter and ask them to support AB52.  This is the chance to help control rising health care premiums.  Thank you.
  • SLOCEA extends a Thank You to Loralie Zeiders for her work as our Field Representative.  Loralie left SLOCEA on 6/6/11.  Loralie will be relocating with her fiancé.
  • Results of Big Unit Ballot Regarding Layoffs: The SLOCEA membership ballots regarding concessions to avoid layoffs have been tallied.  540 valid ballots were received.  The members voted to save jobs through rolling over the four-tenths of one percent of salary for one more year, and to freeze the VEBA contributions for up to two months, depending upon the final layoff numbers.  The results were 315 “YES” votes (avoid layoffs by concessions) and 225 “NO” votes (layoffs would take place).  The original ballot was “compromised” when a malfunction in the printing/stuffing process caused some envelopes to arrive with no ballot and others to arrive with two ballots.  SLOCEA scrapped the original ballots and redid the entire mailing.  Thank you to all of the members that returned their ballots.  It is your vote that makes these decisions.  Your voice counts!
  • New Times article regarding layoffs:  The New Times article dated Thursday, May 19th, titled County Budget Sees Cuts Aplenty, stated that there was not going to be any layoffs of County employees.  That is incorrect.  The online version of the article has been corrected.  A printed correction will appear in next week’s New Times.To be clear, at this time there are positions slated for layoff.  The purpose of the new ballot you have received is to determine whether or not SLOCEA employees in the Big Unit will make concessions to save jobs.  It remains very important that members complete and return the new ballot by May 31, 2011.  If you have any questions feel free to contact the SLOCEA office.
  • New Mission Statement:As a result of the Board of Directors Strategic Planning, SLOCEA’s mission statement has been revised as follows:The mission of the San Luis Obispo County Employees’ Association is to advocate for fair compensation, safe working conditions, affordable healthcare and a secure retirement for our members, who provide vital services to the public.
  • From the SLOCEA Board of Directors on behalf of the SLOCEA membership: It is with deep sadness and heartfelt sympathies that we at SLOCEA mark the passing of Pat Elliott.  Thanks to a job that seemed to take him in and out of every workplace in the County, Pat was co-worker, confidante and friend to more people than we can count.  We all knew his gregarious nature, his enthusiasm, his dear love for his family and his boundless pride in his children.  Pat was passionate about his work and about his life.  He cared intensely for his co-workers and was not afraid to speak his mind. For that we would like to express our deepest respect and gratitude.  It’s people who care, genuinely, as Pat did, that make our workdays worthwhile and rewarding.  Pat Elliott will be sorely missed. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and to the hundreds of friends he made here at the County and in life.
  • Summer Childcare Reimbursement Program: This program is available to County employees in Bargaining Units 01, 02, 05, 13 or 11. This reimbursement program is to assist County employees with summer childcare expenses for children five years old who have completed kindergarten through age 14 who have completed eighth grade. Click here for guidelines and application. Applications are due by May 6th.
  • WAGE Scholarship Available: SLOCEA is an affiliate member of the Working Assembly of Governmental Employees (WAGE). SLOCEA can nominate one individual for the WAGE scholarship. The WAGE Board of Directors has established an annual scholarship fund to award a scholarship in the amount of $500.00 to a WAGE affiliate. Applications must be received in the SLOCEA office by May 31, 2011. Click here for guidelines and application.
  • Trades Members: Click here to meet your new Negotiating Committee.
  • The Truth about Public Employees in California, They are Neither Overpaid nor Overcompensated:This article is posted with the permission of Dr. Sylvia Allegretto and Dr. Jeff KeefeRecently, there has been a great deal of debate and consternation over the compensation of public-sector employees across the U.S. It has been asserted that state and local government employees are overpaid compared to workers in the private sector…. (click here for entire article)Agreement reached between the County and SLOCEA on Two Tier Retirement:  The SLOCEA “Big Unit” (Clerical, Public Services and Supervisory units) and the County have reached an agreement on the Two Tier retirement plan.  The agreement was ratified by the SLOCEA Negotiations Committee in compliance with SLOCEA’s bylaws and was approved by the Board of Supervisors at their meeting on March 22, 2011.Creating a second tier retirement plan was not SLOCEA’s idea or desire.  However, it has been clear for several months that the County was adamant about creating a lower retirement plan benefit for future employees.  Regardless of the arguments and facts set forth by SLOCEA’s negotiations team, the County was insistent.  Therefore, it was incumbent on the negotiations team to negotiate the best plan they could with the County.The highlights of the second tier plan are:– 2% at 60- Final compensation based on highest 3 year average salary- Retirement earnings capped at 90% of income- Retiree COLA limited to 2% with no carry over- DROP plan eliminatedThe lower tier plan DOES NOT IMPACT ANYONE PRESENTLY WORKING FOR THE COUNTY.  If a present employee promotes to a higher level position, the employee remains in Tier 1.  The impacts of Tier Two only apply to persons hired on or after April 17, 2011. Nothing changes for existing employees.  The DROP program will remain in effect for present employees.  Present employees will still have the single highest year calculation as the basis for determining final compensation.  Present employees will still have the retiree COLA formula that is in existence now as the method for determining their COLA’s once they are retired.If you have any questions, please call SLOCEA at 543-2021.
  • Facts on State and Local Government Pensions: Click here for a Public Pension Fact Sheet.
  • Academic Scholarship Program: This program is offered to SLOCEA members and their immediate family.  The scholarship award(s) will assist new and continuing students with their academic planning and success. Applications are due by April 15th. Click here for guidelines and application.
  • The Wrong Message On Unions: By Sandy Banks, Published on LATIMES.COM(reprinted with permission)We may resent union perks, but they have had a valid role, and they should be a goal for more workers rather than something to cut in hard times. I was in Toledo, Ohio, last week, watching the labor union drama in Wisconsin… (click here for entire article)
  • Update on Trades & Crafts Retroactive Salary Increase:  We have received notice from the County that Human Resources and the Auditor’s office were able to accelerate the processing of the 2010-11 COLA for the Trades, Crafts & Services Unit.  SLOCEA has been advised that the retroactive payment should be on the March 25, 2011 paycheck.
  • Trades & Crafts members to elect a new Negotiating Committee: The current contract with the County for the Trades, Crafts & Services Bargaining Unit will expire on June 30, 2011.  We will begin negotiating a new contract for the Trades & Crafts Unit this spring, and therefore, a new Negotiating Committee will be elected in the next several weeks.  Nomination forms have been mailed to members in the Trades & Crafts Unit to nominate memebers for the new Negotiating Committee. Nomination forms must be returned to the SLOCEA office by Friday, March 11, 2011.  After we receive the nominations, secret mail ballots will be sent to all members during the month of March to elect Trades & Crafts Negotiating Committee Representatives.
  • The Betrayal of Public Workers: By Robert Pollin and Jeffrey Thompson, Published on The Nation(reprinted with permission)The Great Recession and its aftermath are entering a new phase in the United States, which could bring even more severe assaults on the living standards and basic rights of ordinary people than we have experienced thus far. This is because a wide swath of the country’s policy- and opinion-making elite have singled out public sector workers… (click here for entire article)
  • Trades Negotiations Concluded:  Negotiations for the Trades, Crafts & Services Unit for 2010-2011 have concluded.  The formula came in at 1.14%.  Employees in the Trades Unit will receive a 1% salary increase and a .14% increase to their cafeteria amount, retroactive back to the pay period that included July 1, 2010.  We expect this to go for approval to the Board of Supervisors in mid March, and employees should see the retro COLA on their April 8th paycheck.  If the County is able to, they will process this earlier than the above dates.
  • Big Unit MOU’s: Click here for the 2010-2013 Clerical, Public Services, and Trades/Crafts MOU’s.
  • Membership Termination Appeal:Michele Whipple and Donald ‘Mike’ Jeffus appealed their termination of member in good standing status to the membership.  SLOCEA mailed 1414 ballots for each appeal (a total of 2828) on 12/16/10.  The voting closed 12/29/10 at 5 PM, and the ballots were counted at 6 PM at the Government Center.  Ballot counters included Paul Ward, Nancy Ward, Brad Prior, Gloria Becerra and Dave Loden.  Gail West, Elaine Jordison and Lea Hyatt witnessed the opening and counting process.The results are as follows:Michele Whipple – Yes, Reinstate       =  250Michele Whipple – No, Don’t Reinstate = 190D. M. Jeffus – Yes, Reinstate               = 244

    D. M. Jeffus – No, Don’t Reinstate        = 191Neither appellant received the required 2/3 support for reinstatement; they will remain fee payers.Of the total ballots returned, the following could not be counted:5 envelopes had the verification number covered1 envelope was not the SLOCEA return envelope with its verification number2 envelopes were returned because of an incorrect address1 envelope contained 2 blue ballotsThank you to all members who participated in this democratic process, from the voting to the counting!
  • Big Unit MOU’s Approved by Board of Supervisors: On Tuesday, December 14, 2010 the Board of Supervisors signed the resolution approving the new MOU’s (Memorandum of Understanding) for the Public Service, Supervisory and Clerical Units.  The MOU’s are effective July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013.  SLOCEA has been given assurances that the retroactive COLA will be on employees’ paychecks on December 30, 2010.
  • When will the retro pay be on my paycheck? (Bargaining Units 01, 05, 13):   Despite their best efforts, due to several changes that regularly occur at the year end, coupled with two other major projects occurring this year, the Auditor’s Office did not have sufficient time to implement the necessary payroll changes for the December 17, 2010 pay period.   The retroactive salary will be on paychecks received December 30, 2010.  Since the retroactive payments could not be processed for payroll December 17th, the Board of Supervisors resolution accepting the MOU will be on the Board’s December 14, 2010 agenda.  SLOCEA worked very hard as did Human Resources and the Auditors office to try to get the retroactive salary processed in time for the December 17th paycheck, but unfortunately with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the increased workload, we were not able to get the payment processed until the December 30th payroll.
  • Tentative Agreement Ratified!:  The Tentative Agreement was ratified by an overwhelming majority of those who returned their ballots.  We had 531 ballots returned which is a significant increase in the historical response we receive to mail-outs for survey and elections.  The Agreement was ratified by 87% of the ballots cast.  There were 466 “Yes” votes, 63 “No” votes, and 2 votes were uncountable.  The MOU is presently slated to go to the Board of Supervisors for approval on their December 7, 2010 agenda. Click here for a breakdown of votes per Bargaining Unit.
  • Tentative Agreement has been reached: We have reached Tentative Agreement with the County for the Big Unit (Clerical, Public Services & Supervisory Units). Ballots to ratify the Agreement have been mailed to SLOCEA members. Click herefor the Tentative Agreement.California’s largest state employee union recently negotiated a new labor agreement that increases employee contributions to pensions by 3%, trims paid holidays and accepts unpaid days off.  The tentative agreement that is before you contains no such concessions.  Your Negotiating Team was successful in maintaining all your current benefits with – no cuts, no furloughs, no layoffs and no jobs were lost!  Click here to see a news article regarding SEIU’s recently ratified contract.
  • Trades, Crafts & Services Decertification Election: We are pleased to announce that SLOCEA prevailed in the Trades and Crafts decertification election and will remain the exclusive representative of the Trades, Crafts and Services Unit.The ballots were counted by Mr. Joe Rios of State Mediation and Conciliation Services.We sincerely appreciate the efforts of everyone who worked to achieve retaining the Trades and Crafts Unit as part of the SLOCEA family. We will continue to do our best to provide excellent service for all SLOCEA represented employees.
  • 2010 Board of Directors Election: Click here to view the the winners of the 2010 Board of Directors Election.
  • September 15, 2010:The SLOCEA Board of Directors is aware of the California State Bar Association’s investigation of Kimberly Daniels, SLOCEA’s General Manager. We understand the State Bar Association has a responsibility to investigate all complaints.The Board would like to assure membership that this case has nothing to do with SLOCEA, the party that filed the complaint was never a member of SLOCEA and when Kimm was hired the Board was fully aware it was going to take some time to conclude the cases from her private practice. While awaiting the outcome of the State Bar’s inquiry, we will continue to monitor this situation.Given the fact that this issue was shared with the membership through an anonymous source, we suspect it is an unfortunate ploy to influence the Trades & Crafts decertification election.Statement by Kimberly Daniels:”Dear SLOCEA Represented Employee,As you are likely aware by now, a complaint was filed against me with the California State Bar by a former client of mine. I will be answering the allegations through counsel.
    I am not at liberty to address specifics, but I would ask you to remember that there are always two sides to every story.
    I would also like to ensure that you know that I was hired to be SLOCEA’s General Manager, not SLOCEA’s attorney.
    I have always strived to provide the employees represented by SLOCEA with the best service I can provide. There have been times when employees have disagreed with me as to what was in their best interest. That’s fine and is certainly the right of any employee. It is my job to do my best to ensure the needs and best interests of the employees we represent are met. I do that job to the best of my ability.
    If it is determined that I made mistakes, I will own my mistakes and do my best to make things right.Sincerely,
    Kimberly Daniels”
  • Medical Insurance Rates are going UP! Did you receive and read your notice from CalPERS regarding the rate increases for medical insurance premiums? There will be a significant increase in rates for the two HMO plans. Click here for the rate information.

  • Trades Unit Update August 16, 2010: Today SLOCEA and the group challenging SLOCEA met with the elections supervisor from State Mediation and Conciliation Services.  The election to determine who will represent employees in the Trades, Crafts & Services Unit will be done by a mail ballot.  Ballots will be mailed out by State Mediation on September 13, 2010.   Your completed ballot must be received by State Mediation by October 1, 2010.  Employees in the Trades, Crafts & Services Unit will receive more information regarding the election in approximately fifteen days.
  • 2010 Board of Directors Election is underway!: Click here to view the candidates.
  • Trades Unit Update August 4, 2010:  SLOCEA and the other group will be meeting with State Mediation on August 16, 2010 to determine how, and when, the election for representation will take place for the Trades and Crafts Unit.
  • New Secretary/Treasurer Confirmed: Congratulations to SLOCEA Board Director Karen Vega on her new role as SLOCEA’s Secretary/Treasurer.  At SLOCEA’s July 21, 2010 Board of Director’s meeting, President Deborah Smith-Cooke recommended to the Board that Karen Vega assume the duties of SLOCEA’s Secretary/Treasurer.  Upon the unanimous vote by the Board of Directors at that meeting, Karen was confirmed SLOCEA’s new Secretary/ Treasurer.  Her term will expire in 2011.
    Karen has worked for the Los Osos Community Service District since it’s inception in 1999.  Her current position is Administrative Secretary.  Prior to that time, she worked for the South Bay Fire Department for two years.  She joined the SLOCEA Board of Directors in 2002 and has generously served on many SLOCEA committees, including the SLOCEA’s Executive Committee.
    We wish Karen the very best in her new role and truly appreciate her willingness to take on this challenging position.
  • UPDATE: SLOCEA and the County have reached an agreement that will ensure no SLOCEA represented positions are laid off or have their allocation reduced for the next fiscal year (through June 30, 2011).   There are fourteen positions impacted by a reduction in their allocation (ie being reduced from full-time to three quarter time) or that were slated for lay off from the 2009/10 and 2010/11 County budgets.  SLOCEA followed the dictate from the member surveys and made saving jobs the number one priority again this year.  The cost of retaining these positions will be covered by deferring approximately four-tenths of one percent of the 2009/10 COLA for this fiscal year.  A sincere thank you to all of the members that completed and returned their surveys making it known that their priority was to ensure that our members remained employed. Click here to view the Side Letter signed on June 29, 2010.

  • For Clarification: A recent comment in the Tribune stated that no County employees were laid off in the 2010-2011 budget.  The report in the Tribune failed to mention that one half time position in the Ag Commissioners office was eliminated, and that two positions in Planning were cut 25%.  The article also did not mention the employees whose positions were either reduced or eliminated in the 2009-2010 budget.  Those positions were saved because you, SLOCEA members, made saving jobs your number one priority.  You funded those positions through the one year deferral of your COLA and by freezing the VEBA contributions for a period of six months.  San Luis Obispo County works because of you!!!
  • Trades Unit Update July 13, 2010:  Today the Board of Supervisor’s heard our Appeal requesting SLOGEA’s decertification petition be rejected because they did not comply with the provisions of the Employee Relations Policy.   The Board of Supervisors denied our appeal.  A timeline for the election is being worked out by the County’s Human Resources Director.  We will post the election date as soon as we are notified by the County. Thank you for all your support in our efforts to protect our Trades & Crafts members. Our dedication to keep the Trades and Crafts members part of the SLOCEA family is ever-present.
  • Congratulations on your Retirement!: The SLOCEA Board of Directors and staff congratulate Mike Bishop on his retirement. Mike served on the Board for four years as one of the representatives of the Trades & Crafts unit.  Most recently, Mike served as the Secretary-Treasurer on the Board of Directors.  We send Mike a heartfelt thank you for his service and wish him the best in his retirement.
  • Message from SLOCEA Communications Committee: SLOCEA considers its members’ salaries and compensation a priority. In our 2007 contract we agreed with the County that a comprehensive survey of Classifications and Compensations (known as Class & Comp Survey) would be completed. To date this has not been accomplished.  In a very difficult and arduous process, over two meetings, the SLOCEA Board of Directors came to the decision to hire an outside vendor, Gail Wilcox, to complete this study.  The SLOCEA Board agreed that with negotiations fast approaching, we needed a consultant best suited for the task.  The Board agreed that the members’ best interest would be served by hiring Ms Wilcox, even knowing there may be some negative repercussions.  That being said, Ms Wilcox is able to provide expertise unique to San Luis Obispo County and its Employees that is not readily available in another vendor. Some of the advantages to having a local consultant with the expertise of this vendor are:
    * She has successfully completed identical studies for other bargaining units within our county
    * She understands the internal processes of our local county government* She is familiar with our current contract and has knowledge of prior contracts* She has made herself available to SLOCEA exclusively until the project is complete. The SLOCEA Board of Directors did not make this decision lightly. It is essential to have the Comp & Class survey complete to strengthen our negotiating position. As always, the members are our highest priority. Respectfully submitted,
    The Communication Committee.
  • Big Unit Class and Comp Survey: Gail Wilcox has been retained by SLOCEA to complete the class and comp survey that was agreed to in our 2007 MOU, and to date, has not been completed. Ms. Wilcox requested to submit a proposal to the Board of Directors.  The Board reviewed, discussed and accepted the proposal.  Ms. Wilcox  will be completing the survey in the near future.  Work on gathering all of the data has just commenced.  This is a labor intensive project that requires knowledge of the comparable data and the focused time to be able to put the survey information together.  The goal is to get our employees converted to the same 5 County comp system used by nearly every other bargaining unit and the Board of Supervisors, in order to eventually achieve parity. Ms. Wilcox is not participating in negotiations. SLOCEA staff and Board are doing everything they can to protect the membership from cuts and layoffs and still preserve and improve wages and benefits.
  • 2010 Big Unit Negotiating Committee!: Click here to view your 2010 Big Unit Negotiating Committee.
  • 2009 Membership Survey results: Click here to view spreadsheet of survey results. Click here to the 09 Membership Survey.
  • Congratulations! SLOCEA would like to congratulate Deborah Smith-Cooke, Ron Coleman and Mike Bishop on their new officer positions on the SLOCEA Board of Directors. Deborah Smith-Cooke is now SLOCEA’s President. Deborah works for the Health Agency in the Environmental Health Department. Deborah has served on the Board for the last 3 years and is a great asset to our Association. Ron Coleman is the newly appointed Vice-President. Ron works for Public Works and is a supervisor at the Lopez Water Treatment Plant. Ron has served on the Board since 2006 and is dedicated to serving SLO County employees. Mike Bishop is SLOCEA’s new Secretary/Treasurer. Mike has worked for Public Works for over 30 years and brings a wealth of experience to SLOCEA’s Board.
  • Unfortunate Resignations: We regret to announce that on January 4, 2010 Sue Edwards submitted her resignation from her elected position as Secretary/Treasurer on SLOCEA’s Board of Directors. Then on January 13, 2010 Michele Whipple resigned from her elected position as President of SLOCEA. Due to specific references of confidential information in their letters of resignation we are unable to post the actual letters. Posting their letters would be a violation of our confidentiality policies.
  • On Tuesday, December 15 2009, The Board of Supervisors ratified a side letter agreement between SLOCEA and Bargaining Units 01, 02, 05 and 13. This guarantees no layoffs for 6 months by freezing County contributions to VEBA accounts for the period January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010. Click here to
    read the staff report.