San Diego County and its biggest union clash in contract talks

San Diego Union Tribune Negotiations between San Diego County government and its largest labor union have hit a major snag because of a disagreement over who and how many people can be at the bargaining table, a disruption that could possibly impact thousands of employees. The county and Service Employees International Union, Local 221, a labor organization that represents more than 10,000 of the government’s 17,000 employees, have filed unfair practice charges against each other before bargaining sessions could dive into talks on pay, benefits, pensions and other matters that make up the meat of a labor contract. The county

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Assemblymembers Weber, Gloria propose reforms for San Diego County elections

The Center on Policy Initiatives is a proud supporter of both bills. Press Release from Councilmember Todd Gloria San Diego Legislators Author Legislation to Reform San Diego County Redistricting Commission, Move to November Run-off Elections SACRAMENTO, CA – California State Assemblymembers Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) and Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced dual legislation today that would reform County of San Diego elections. The two bills, AB 801 and AB 901, co-authored by Assemblymembers Weber and Gloria, would revamp the County of San Diego’s redistricting commission and allow races for County Board of Supervisor to be decided in the General

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With us… And against us

San Diego City Beat While Councilmember Chris Ward works for equal pay, congressional reps duck the people With us…  There were many lessons to take away from the San Diego Women’s March back in January. These lessons were not lost on City Councilmember Chris Ward (District 3), who last week formally announced a proposal for a San Diego Equal Pay Ordinance. The ordinance, if passed, would require that any contractor with a city contract certify that they are providing equal pay based on gender and ethnicity. What’s more, it will better protect workers and whistleblowers who wish to discuss pay without

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BREAKING NEWS: County walks away from bargaining

On Feb. 16, your negotiating team sat down with the County negotiating team ready to begin bargaining alongside our community partners in the Invest in San Diego Families coalition. Our partners represent the community and the clients we serve. They have expertise in smart justice, the safety ladder and good jobs and most importantly, they have come together with our membership to speak with a united voice about the County’s responsibility to deliver quality services provided by top employees with good jobs and appropriate staffing levels. The County negotiating team unlawfully refused to negotiate with the SEIU bargaining team because

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LACK OF HOURS HITS MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Tens of thousands of San Diego’s low wage workers got raises today, but boosting the minimum wage from $9 to $10 per hour won’t do much against the region’s high cost of living. Nicanora Montenegro got a raise today, to the new minimum wage. “Honestly, the $10 per hour minimum wage does not make an impact to home care workers like me,” she said. |Read Original Article| She said she’ll hardly notice the increase. Nicanora’s pay is getting bumped from $9.85 to $10 an hour. The incremental boost means she’ll still struggle to pay her bills. “I barely make it,”

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SAN DIEGO POVERTY RATE REMAINS UNCHANGED

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The rate of San Diegans living below the federal poverty line last year was about the same as the year before, the Center on Policy Initiatives reported Thursday. |Read Original Article| The CPI said figures from the U.S. Census Bureau showed 15.7 percent of San Diego residents lived below the poverty line in 2014 — set by the federal government at $12,316 a year for a single person or $24,008 combined income for two adults with two children. That compares to 15.8 percent in 2013. Also, 20.4 percent of children in the city were living in

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POVERTY RATE IN SAN DIEGO REMAINS STEADY

The rate of San Diegans living below the federal poverty line last year was about the same as the year before, the Center on Policy Initiatives reported Thursday. |Read Original Article| The Center on Policy Initiatives said figures from the U.S. Census Bureau showed 15.7 percent of San Diego residents lived below the poverty line in 2014 — set by the federal government at $12,316 a year for a single person or $24,008 combined income for two adults with two children. That compares to 15.8 percent in 2013. Also, 20.4 percent of children in the city were living in families under the

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SAN DIEGO’S WORKING POOR UNABLE TO ESCAPE POVERTY DESPITE ECONOMIC GROWTH

By R. Stickney Despite five years of economic growth in San Diego, the number of poor remains unchanged according to a new report. Low wages and part-time work are keeping San Diego’s poorest families from getting out of poverty, a new survey suggests.   |Read Original Article| Data from the 2014 American Community Survey released Thursday shows 15.7 percent of the City of San Diego’s population lives below the federal poverty line. The Federal Poverty Threshold is $12,316 a year for a single person or $24,008 combined income for two adults with two children. The 2014 numbers are basically unchanged from the

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NIVEL DE POBREZA SE MANTIENE EN SD A PESAR DE CREACIÓN DE EMPLEOS.

SAN DIEGO, California(PH) El 15% de los residentes de San Diego viven bajo el nivel de pobreza federal, al igual que el año previo, a pesar de la creación de empleos, de acuerdo a un nuevo reporte del Censo de Estados Unidos, publicado este jueves. |Read Original Article| El nivel de pobreza fue de 15.7% en el 2014 en San Diego, indica el reporte, que fue casi igual que en el 2013 cuando se registró que el 15.8% de la población vivía bajo el nivel federal de pobreza. El nivel de pobreza es un salario anual menor al de 12

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