On January 12, the Health Service Board approved increases in member co-pays for the six-month benefits period, July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to approve these changes on February 1, 2012 at the Budget Committee meeting. Supervisor Carmen Chu, Chair of Budget Committee, articulated reasons for the 6-month change.
February 1 marked the end of redevelopment for 400 cities and counties in California. The transition for employees represented by Local 21 has been smoother in some places than in others. Here is a brief run down:
San Leandro & Hayward
San Leandro is still determining next steps following the dissolution of Redevelopment. The Union is meeting and conferring with Hayward administrators over the impact of layoffs and bumping.
Save Jobs, Affordable Housing and Economic Development
As you may know, the CA Supreme Court ruled that the measure to abolish redevelopment was legal and that the bill allowing redevelopment programs to continue in exchange for shifting millions of dollars to the state was unconstitutional. Worse, they ruled that redevelopment agencies should wind down their activities by February 1, just days from now.
Last April, the City and Unions broke new ground when they launched a citywide labor-management committee, charged with recommending improvements to current city practices of outsourcing work through Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) and Job Order Contracts (JOCs)/ Construction Maintenance Agreements.
Local 21 members’ activism played a direct role in San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approving Proposition C, the labor-backed retirement measure, by 69%. Prop. C, also known as the “consensus measure,” saves $1.3 billion for the City over the next decade, and will strengthen our pension plan, minimize layoffs, and protect services.
With the San Francisco election less than two weeks away, Local 21 is bumping up our work to pass Proposition C for fair retirement changes and to Defeat Proposition D, the retirement rip-off.