The San Francisco Accountants and Auditors chapter represents Accountants and Auditors employed by CCSF. Collectively, they are responsible for monitoring and managing the city’s fiscal resources, and generate much needed revenue for the City.
Local 21 and many other City employee unions have reached a tentative agreement that will save employees more than $3 million in healthcare premiums in 2014 and over $62 million over the next 5 years. The tentative agreement must be approved by the membership. If approved, the tentative agreement also will go a long way towards ensuring Local 21 members maintain their choice between Kaiser and Blue Shield coverage.
At the start of the New Year, we predicted that health care would be the “Issue of 2013.” Less than half way through the year, our prediction came true. As part of our efforts through the Public Employee Committee’s (PEC) Labor Management Committee on Health and Wellness, Local 21 has been at the forefront of fighting for transparent, accountable active and retiree health care on multiple fronts.
Last year, Local 21 members ratified a new contract with a full 4.62% salary restoration and end to furlough days, the first scheduled wage increases since 2008, two additional 1-time paid floating holidays, and other improvements.
The Employee Development Fund (EDF) is set aside for Local 21-represented employees’ training, education, and professional development. In our new contract, we negotiated an increase in the EDF to $750,000 per year for eligible expenditures.
Gus Vallejo has been an active leader in the San Francisco Information Technology chapter for years. When the seat for an active employee representative opened on the San Francisco Employees Retirement System Board (SFERS), Gus decided to run for the position because of this commitment to improving our retirement security through prudent investment choices and responsible oversight.
In an effort to contain costs in the face of Blue Shield’s deplorable price gouging, last week the Health Services (HSS) Board approved a plan to pay $5.2 million to subsidize Blue Shield premium rates for 2013, as well as adopt a flex funding system for paying claims generated by active employees and early retirees.
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