1. Salary Increases since June 2013 - January 2018 (4.5 years)
All members of this bargaining unit will have received a 17.1% increase in basic salary. This does not include any additional responsibility bonuses, educational bonuses or longevity bonuses. For example, the actual basic increases in dollars per month/annually are:
DSOs - $787/$9,444
SDSOs - $934/$11,208
DPO I - $812/$9,744
DPO II - $1,071/$12,852
GSNs - $615/$7,380
2. Negotiated a longevity bonus
In lieu of not being able to secure safety retirement, our negotiators won a longevity bonus agreement of 3% after 19 years, 4% after 24 years, and 4% after 29 years - totaling a pensionable aggregate over of 11% when compounded. Unlike safety retirement, the longevity bonus is also received when you are working, and included in your retirement calculation.
3. Negotiated a uniform allowance
As of December 2017 we will be receiving an $850 uniform stipend - a big change from several years ago when there was no uniform allowance.
4. Secured a one-time signing bonus of $1,300
As negotiated in a prior contract.
5. Advanced Education Bonus
A negotiated 2% bonus for those who have an advanced degree of a Masters or above.
6. The abatement of the reduction of the workforce by 1,200 employees
Through smart negotiating with the County - including persuasive data-sharing - our Union was able to deter the County from this action. Many DSO's jobs were saved!
7. Objection to the unilateral implementation of denying promotions because of discipline
Over 50 employees received much-deserved promotions because of a settlement agreement established by our union. The Department has since "breached the agreement" causing several employees who deserved promotions, to be hindered. The Union has filed a petition on their behalf and is still actively trying to secure their right to be promoted.
8. Sick Days increased
For years we have only received eight sick days per year, but in the last contract sick days were increased to 12 days.
9. Fringe Benefits
There are two contracts for our members: a unit contract and a fringe contract. The fringe contract mainly negotiated our health expenses. In addition, we negotiated an additional holiday for Caesar Chavez and an additional week of vacation benefits. Several of your executive Board members are on that negotiating team.
10. Unfair Labor Practices
Many 'ULPs' have been filed for aggressive violations by the Department.