Union rights and solidarity

 

The California 2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law entitles employees (working for employers with more than 25 employees) access to up to 10 days of COVID-19

Note added April 2, 2020:  The text below begins "When called into a meeting with management ...

Do you have questions about absences from work because of COVID (or other reasons)?

#1 My supervisor told us that they cannot give us a raise because of the union.
The fact is that it is within the Employer's sole discretion to give merit increases, and they can even give raises that bring employees above the maximum pay for their job classification. If your supervisor says otherwise, a union representative will be happy to meet with the two of you and get the matter cleared up.

As an AFSCME member you can get discounts on entertainment, health plans, auto services, home loans ... and more.  See here for an overview.

ENTERTAINMENT, RENTALS, AND FLOWERS

Well, not exactly. Two union members  came to members of the Local 800 Executive Board, asking for help, within a month of each other. In one case, the request was probably too late – though we could have been of help earlier. In the other case, the member ended up receiving a tidy packet of owed back pay!

“I was one of those members who never thought I’d need the Union’s help.”

These are the words of Taeko Sakumoto, an employee of Jewish Family Service. Then, after 17 years employment, she was terminated from her position as a Residential Counselor at a JFS Domestic Violence Shelter.

If you are called into a meeting with management, you have the right to request union representation, should you believe discipline might result. You must make this request. Management is not obligated to tell you about your Weingarten Rights. You can make the request before or during the meeting, saying something that conveys the following message:

American Red Cross (ARC) workers, including many AFSCME members, are rallying this week in cities nationwide to fight back against mistreatment from their employer and demand a fair contract. The protests are being held in Washington; Lansing, Michigan; Peoria, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; Pomona, California; and San Diego.

AFSCME Local 800 JFS members Alex Pagan-Mejia and Erica Sender met with JFSLA Director of Human Resources and representatives from the health insurance broker OneDigital on April 28, 2022, to discuss our annual healthcare renewal for the next JFSLA fiscal year, effective July 1, 2022.

They collect, protect and deliver our nation’s blood supply, yet the almost 3,000 American Red Cross workers are not being paid what they deserve, lack the staff to do their jobs effectively, face cuts to their health care and, over the course of the pandemic, have often gone without pay and adequate personal protective equipment (PPE).