Published: June 15, 2018
and the County of Sonoma signed a Tentative Agreement on Friday,
June 15th which balances the desire of the
Board of Supervisors to maintain fiscal discipline
with retaining our valuable workforce and
key elements of the package are:
- A one-time, non-recurring
pensionable payment of approximately 2% of salary and salary related benefits.
- Stabilization of employee
out-of-pocket costs for healthcare, with the County paying the recent increase
- A 22-month suspension of dental
premiums, made possible by effective collaboration with the County’s dental
- A new eight-week Paid Parental
Leave benefit, which recognizes the importance of supporting families and
bonding with a new child, and will also assist the County with retention.
- The Cesar Chavez Holiday to
honor and celebrate his important work on civil rights for laborers,
particularly in the Latino community, and a one-time 8-hr floating holiday in
lieu of the 2018 Cesar Chavez holiday date.
- A new 8-hour floating holiday
per calendar year, to provide more flexibility for employees to observe a
holiday of their choice.
- Agreement on which entities the
County will analyze to review the competitiveness of the salary and benefits
provided to our workforce.
- Language that decouples
management benefits from retirees, which protects and stabilizes existing
medical benefits for retirees.
The County sincerely appreciates the work of the SEIU
bargaining team. The County’s understanding is SEIU members will vote on
this agreement the week of June 18th.