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San Antonio 2nd Local 100 E-Flash

In effort to keep San Antonio city workers up to date with the work of your union, Local 100, Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, the Local 100 E-Flash is sent to on a biweekly basis or whenever there is critical news that city workers need to know.

You can always keep up with the latest by visiting our web site at www.seiu100.org; for San Antonio news, go directly to www.seiu100.org/sanantonio.

Huge wins for temporary workers in FY2002 Budget!
Between the first budget presented by the City Manager and the recent adopted budget, Local 100 raised the issue of potentially thousands of workers being classified as temporaries who were not making the stated living wage level. The Amendments to FY2002 adopted recently included two critical additions in response to Local 100’s demand that all city workers be paid the new living wage of $8.50 per hour in the new budget. To quote from the city’s presentation:

These amendments were adopted requiring the city to pay $684,000 for the coming fiscal year to move these workers up to a living wage standard. No question, that’s a significant victory.

Additional details can be found in the press reports available at www.seiu100.org/sanantonio.

Meeting scheduled to pursue unresolved issues for temporary workers.
Even with this victory, there are still as many questions unresolved as resolved. Hundreds of temporary workers have completed paperwork with the union in preparation for other discussions or potential litigation. The unresolved issues include:

After a meeting in September with the City Manager and her staff, there has been no direct response. The City Attorney after promising investigation of the legal issues has been non-responsive. There seems to be an effort to dodge the problem and hope that these issues disappear.

There are many current permanent workers with the City of San Antonio who spent longer than 30-90 days in temporary status. Your seniority is not correct because of this problem, and that affects all of your benefits and wages. Make sure you contact the office at seiu100tx@acorn.org as soon as possible.

A meeting is being held on October 5th to try to once again move forward on these issues, so we will report on any progress after that meeting.

Evaluations?!?
Hundreds of city workers have contacted Local 100 about the problems with evaluations. First, they are required by the charter to be conducted annually, and some workers can't get them at all! Secondly, the standards are non-existent and favoritism and gross subjectivity are rife throughout those that are done. Meanwhile, that affects raise levels that are triggered by this hodgepodge mishmash of a “system.” If you have not gotten an evaluation or have gotten an evaluation that is unsatisfactory, contact us at seiu100tx@acorn.org immediately. Time is money, and we need to get this fixed as soon as possible.


Stay tuned for more updates and news on the web site: www.seiu100.org/sanantonio to keep informed on these and other fast-moving campaigns.


SEIU Local 100
San Antonio Office
303 El Paso Street, Suite 206
San Antonio, TX 78207-5002
Phone: 210-226-1214
Fax: 210-226-3604


E-Flash #1

In an effort to keep San Antonio city workers up to date with the work of your union, Local 100, Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, this will be our first Local 100 E-Flash to keep you in the loop.

First things first. You need to know that you can always keep up with the latest by visiting our web site at www.seiu100.org and then clicking on the City Employees button and then on the San Antonio link!

Second, hit seiu100tx@acorn.org and let us hear from you that you received this e-mail and that this is the best address to send you more information on Local 100 campaigns, negotiations, and meetings. Acknowledging the e-mail with your full address and phone number(s), best e-mail address, and your job title, means that HEY -- your union will send you an SEIU Local 100 official purple t-shirt so that you are dressed to the nines at the next public hearing!

So, enough…here’s the flash:

Local 100 has been evaluating the distribution of raises within each job classification range. In many cases, there is a disturbing -- and potentially discriminatory -- pattern where only 3, 4, or 5 workers will be paid at the top 50% of the range, while everyone else is paid at the bottom. We will have more on this soon, but if there seems to be a discriminatory pattern of wage increases in your job classification, notify us immediately -- seiu100tx@acorn.org -- so we can give you the next step.

As you are no doubt aware, Local 100 is arguing to the City Manager and the City Attorney that all workers kept in temporary status past 90 days are likely to be eligible for back wages and benefit credits for vacation, holidays, sick leave, and so on. If any of you were temporary, but are now classified, this may include you, so contact us immediately at seiu100tx@acorn.org so that we can arrange for you to come in and assess your rights.

Local 100 is concerned that part-time workers are not receiving any pro-rata benefits for vacation, sick time, holidays and so forth. We are interested in hearing from part-time workers as soon as possible to discuss steps we need to take to address this issue, so if you are a part-time worker contact us at seiu100tx@acorn.org.

We need to keep this short and sweet, so that you can read this on the run at work…so that’s enough for the first 100 E-flash. But stay tuned for more flashes and alerts, and check the web site at www.seiu100.org to keep informed on these fast-moving campaigns.


SEIU Local 100
San Antonio Office
303 El Paso Street, Suite 206
San Antonio, TX 78207-5002
Phone: 210-226-1214
Fax: 210-226-3604
E-mail: seiu100tx@acorn.org
Web: www.seiu100.org/sanantonio