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THE DECERTIFICATION OF SEIU 721 IS STILL POSSIBLE! DON’T WAIT UNTIL A CONTRACT IS RATIFIED THAT WILL AFFECT YOUR RETIREMENT!
It’s been quite the challenge – FOUR years ago, a handful of SEIU represented employees decided they had had enough of the lies and deceit, the unaccountable amounts of money and a union that seems all too focused on gathering more members, RATHER than represent the members they currently have.
WE pay for this! We’re living within a culture of political activism and SEIU is at the top of the heap! There are estimates from several sources, quoting the obscene amounts of YOUR DUES dollars SEIU has used in their political campaigns since 2008 – almost $150,000.000.00 Incredible! What’s even more disheartening…in June of 2008, SEIU International adopted a new amendment to its constitution, requiring that every local contribute an amount equal to $6 per member per year to the union’s national political action committee. This is in addition to regular union dues.
The abuse to employees by the labor organization we are forced to align with, SEIU 721, has got to stop.
IT’S TIME TO FIRE SEIU 721
Unlike SEIU, the Regional Employees Association of Professionals (REAP) HAS a vested interest in your future because WE are Riverside County employees also. REAP believes that employees should have “Professional Representation” from qualified attorney’s, versed in California labor law, not from your co-worker who just came in from lunch. REAP also feels that professional negotiation for all bargaining units should be SPECIFIC to that bargaining unit, not a “one-size-fits-all” approach. SEIU prefers to have a bargaining team made up of employees from each unit. In 2012, we had the opportunity to see “1st Hand” why having employees negotiate for employees is a lose- lose situation. Read what a Decertification for the the Coachella Valley Water District and others, like the Santa Clara Courtroom Clerks/Specialists from SEIU Local 521, feels like!
We would be honored to have you join us! When signing the petitions it is very important to follow the steps below.
Step 1: Look at the top left corner of your pay stub and locate your “Grade/Step.” It will look similar to this “123/10” (Grade 123 / Step 10). You will only need your Grade.
SE2 – Professionals
SES – Supervisory
SE8 – Nurses
SE9 – Para-Professionals
SW2, SW5, SW6 – Waste Management
SPG, SPS – Parks & Open Spaces
Step 3: Download the applicable “Decertification Petition” from the links above. Provide the information required on the petition, including your signature. By signing the Decertification Petition you are stating you are not satisfied with SEIU 721.
Step 4: At the time of the decertification vote, you will be given an opportunity to choose a new union. By downloading and signing the “Certification Petition” included in the link above, you are stating you would like to see the Regional Employees Association of Professionals (REAP) on the ballot as an alternative to SEIU 721.
*Note: Signing the Certification Petition is voluntary; you are not required to sign the Certification Petition in order to sign the “Decertification Petition.” However, REAP would be honored to be your Exclusive Labor Representative!
Step 5: Mail your signed petition(s) to REAP at:
19510 Van Buren Blvd. F3-197
Riverside, CA 92508
*Note: Feel free to have your co-worker sign your petition! Have a lunch “decertification party” and share your petition with your co-workers who also are dissatisfied with SEIU 721. Be sure your co-workers are signing the correct petition. Use the bargaining unit locator on our website to ensure accuracy so each signature will count! Print out the flyer and post is a VERY conspicuous place!