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The County
The
County
SLOCEA Board of Directors Election!
Check your mail box for your ballots which have been mailed out to all members.
The ballots are due back to the SLOCEA office by August 28th.
Look on PAGES 4 & 5 for the list of candidates running for positions on the SLOCEA Board of Directors.
VOLUME 24
NO. 8
AUGUST
2009
From
The General
Manager
kimm daniels
On July 23, 2009, local elected leaders and SLOCEA represented County employees gathered to express their disgust at
the State Legislators’ proposals to take local agency funds to balance the State budget.
Welcome New Director!
Scholarship Awarded
State Budget
Impact on County
is Unsure
am as tired of talking about budget
impacts as you are of reading about
them. However, I think it is critical
that our membership be informed of
what has taken place locally and what
is taking place in Sacramento.
I arrived at work this morning to find
a flurry of emails, sent throughout the
night, from our lobbyist, Karen Keeslar,
updating us on what was happening in
the legislature as the State tried to put
something together they could call a
budget.
As I write this article, our Sacramento
electeds are preparing to rob counties,
cities, special districts and redevelopment agencies of the funds we all so
desperately need to stay afloat by taking local tax revenue. Locally, we have
done our jobs. The County budget
included reduced funding to most
departments. However, with some give
and take, we managed to put together a
realistic budget, and on time. We are
facing layoffs at the end of the year, and
the reduced service levels that will be a
natural result of less staffing. Enter
Sacramento, and their bright ideas of
“borrowing” from counties and cities.
The electeds did not ask their constituents for permission to borrow their
funds. With the way Sacramento has
managed State funds, I wouldn’t lend
them a can of peas (and I hate peas).
They just all voted to force the issue and
to swoop in and take those funds.
Frankly, what they have done would be
more easily defined as robbery than
borrowing.
I am absolutely perplexed as to what
happens to seemingly reasonable people once they enter the “Capitol Zone.”
They seem to lose all common sense,
concern for their constituents, and the
ability to do simple math. The budget
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n July 15, 2009, Brent Edelman was the deserving
n July 15, 2009, Dora Drexler was sworn in as a new
recipient of the 2009 WAGE $500 Scholarship.
member of the SLOCEA Board of Directors in the
WAGE is an organization of public sector employee
Public Services bargaining unit. Dora is an Air
Quality Specialist at the Air Pollution Control District. Dora associations from across the United States of which
has worked for the County for seven years and serves on SLOCEA is a proud member.
SLOCEA’s Big Unit negotiating committee.
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WATCH FOR YOUR NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY!
— Department of Social Services —
Robert Dyer
Sandra
ERS III
Jimenez
Employee of the Month!
May 2009
Robert always goes above and beyond
for his Participants, including making
Home Visits.
He is always willing to help out by covering interviews and anywhere else that is
needed. He has a great sense of humor. He is well liked by his
co-workers.
He is very active with Central Outreach, and always willing to
help at the end of an event with clean-up.
He always makes Participants his first priority, even when they
are not on his caseload.
When he transferred to the Higuera Office in October of last
year he was immediately liked by all of his peers, and he was a
welcomed addition to the Central office.
He loves to share pictures and stories of his daughter, and he is
genuinely interested in other people and their children.
Calendar
of Events
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SLOCEA Board of Directors
Steward Meeting
Civil Service Commission
Pension Trust
Board of Supervisors
ERS III
Employee of the Month!
June 2009
Sandra interacts with participants and colleagues with
respect.
She displays a patient demeanor.
She exhibits a positive attitude even in challenging
circumstances.
She does not hesitate to assist Case Managers and
Reception Staff whenever necessary.
Sandra graciously provides interpretation/translation assistance to Participant Services and Child
Welfare Services Staff.
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Third Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm - SLO City-County Library Community Room
Second Wednesday of each month - SLO City-County Library Conference Room
Fourth Wednesday at 9am - Personnel Department Conference Room
Fourth Monday at 9:30am - Board Chambers, County Government Center
First 4 Tuesdays at 8:30am - Board Chambers, County Government Center
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From The
Senior Field
Representative
CHRISTINE BROWN
Anticipating the
Unexpected
ot surprisingly, your SLOCEA
staff has been receiving many
questions from members about
what will happen next with respect to
negotiations, the budget and layoffs.
Although at this point in time, we are
uncertain about the ramifications of the
state budget on our County finances and
the impacts this may have on the
employees
we
represent,
your
Association is hard at work making sure
that we are planning for what my happen
next. Despite the fact that our crystal balls
are fuzzy and we can’t see what’s around
the corner, we are taking steps to make
sure that we are always prepared to be
effective advocates for our membership.
From conducting research and educating our membership to conducting
surveys and meeting with decisionmakers, we are currently arming
ourselves with pertinent information
for the figurative “battle” at the
bargaining table that is approaching.
Luckily, SLOCEA and SLO County
Labor Relations have established a collaborative working relationship, so
negotiations have been professional,
productive and mutually-respectful in
recent years. Your SLOCEA staff is
continually reading and analyzing
updates about national and state news
regarding the budget and the potential
impacts on the employees we
represent. We get a constant stream of
information from our lobbyist and the
other labor associations affiliated with
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SLOCEA, and have a direct voice with
the politicians who support and oppose
the legislation in Sacramento.
You will be receiving a survey shortly
that seeks your opinions on subjects
like layoffs, furloughs, deferrals and
temporary adjustments that may save
the County money and potentially mitigate layoffs. It is very important that
the surveys are returned—decisions are
made by those who participate, so
please let us know your perspective.
Last time we sent a survey out about
layoffs, Mandatory Time Off (MTO)
and deferral of COLA, only about 1/3
of the membership actually returned
their surveys. I often hear complaints
about the results of negotiations after
the process has been completed, but
with only 1/3 of the membership
providing input, it’s difficult to craft a
deal that pleases everyone—especially
the silent majority.
Frustration often results from a lack
of understanding, so we are trying to
educate our members about topics like
COLA deferral and MTO, so that
everyone is aware of the challenges we
face in the negotiations process. A
common question has been, “why
aren’t we doing furloughs like the
state?”A simple answer is because the
County has not proposed this takeaway as an option. The more in-depth
answer is that MTO is so logistically
complicated that it may cause more
problems than it could solve. One of
the issues is that the County does not
realize dollar-for-dollar savings for
salary they forfeit. Five days of MTO
equates to 1.92% of your salary. But, if
employees gave up salary and took
those five days off, either in a block or
spread over time, the County only
saves about $0.50 cents for each dollar
the employees give up. This is because
many County positions are state- or
federally-funded, receive money from
grants or are revenue-generating positions. Because of this, the County
would only save about $1 million dollars if our membership took a full week
off of work during the 09/10 fiscal year.
Although $1 million dollars could help
restore some positions in our units, the
financial problems we are experiencing
far exceed the amount of time employees could reasonably take off of work.
The County has been cutting unfilled
positions for so long that there is a limit
to the amount of time employees could
realistically take off and still be able to
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The
County Blade
SLOCEA
San Luis Obispo County Employees’ Association
1035 Walnut, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone (805) 543-2021 Fax: (805) 543-4039
E-mail: [email protected]
OFFICERS
Vern Halterman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .President
Dan Qualey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President
Joe Alves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Secretary/Treasurer
STAFF
Kimm Daniels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .General Manager
Christine Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Senior Field Representative
Nancy Bishop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Office Manager
Sara Hockaday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Administrative Assistant/Editor
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SPOTLIGHT ON…
HUMAN RESOURCES
Do you know how many specific
departments exist within SLO
County government? Care to take a
guess? The correct answer is
twenty-two. Within the twenty-two
departments, there are many
distinct divisions that you may not
know exist or what services they
provide. In an effort to acquaint our
membership with their brother and
sister County employees in other
departments, the Blade will spotlight one department each month.
his month we are pleased to
spotlight our Human Resources
department, formerly known as
Personnel, and affectionately referred to
simply as HR.
With an annual budget of $2.8 million
dollars, and 24 full-time employees,
Human Resources is responsible for a
number of varied tasks. HR manages the
recruitment, testing and selection of new
employees; job classification issues,
which includes creating and revising job
specifications; the management of work
performance evaluations, initiating and
conducting workplace investigations,
and serves as the County liaison with the
Civil Service Commission (which
includes the management of the CSC
budget, providing clerical support to the
CSC and advising the CSC on the merit
system and HR issues). Additionally, HR
manages the risk management, County
safety, Employee University, employee
recognition, and workers’ compensation/return to work programs.
At the helm of the HR department is
Tami Douglas-Schatz. Tami is relatively
new to SLO County employment, having just celebrated her six month
anniversary as a SLO County employee.
Prior to assuming her new role as HR
Director, Tami lived in Arizona for
approximately a year and a half while
her husband completed a business contract. Making a choice to return to
California, Tami applied for and was
hired as the HR Director for SLO
County. Tami was familiar with the area,
having spent time with friends who
reside in the county. SLO was her first
choice of all the positions she applied for
in her job search, and where she most
wanted to locate herself and family.
Tami spent seventeen years in
Riverside County, starting out as an HR
analyst and worked her way up to the
position of Deputy HR Director. While
in Riverside County, Tami was assigned
as the HR manager for the Department
of Social Services for five years and the
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Sheriff’s department for seven years.
While completing her graduate degree,
Tami did a nine-month internship with
the San Bernardino Public Employees’
Association (the equivalent of SLOCEA
in that county), and has stated what a
positive experience it was to really get
the opportunity to understand public
employment from the employee’s
perspective.
The staff of HR is divided into clerical
support, HR analysts and analyst aides,
CSC support, and the management
team. Clerical support provides all of the
necessary functions that allow the analysts and managers to focus on assisting
the CSC and meet departmental needs.
The analysts and aides are tasked with
working on grievances and appeals, job
specifications, classification studies, and
investigations. The management team is
made up of the HR director (Tami) and
the Deputy Director, Dori Duke.
HR is one of the County departments
whose major role is providing internal
service to other County departments.
HR assists other departments by providing core HR services such as the
recruitment and selection of new
employees, classification studies, strategic and succession planning, coaching,
performance management, and investigations, to name a few of their many
services. HR is also the department
tasked with handling layoffs, grievances
and appeals, CSC rule updates, policy
development and rule interpretation.
Many of these services are also provided to employees. Additionally, HR is the
clearing house for employees seeking to
transfer to other departments.
One of the things most easily noticed
if you find yourself in the HR office is
the spirit of comraderie among the HR
staff. They truly function with a teamspirit attitude.
The HR staff always strives to
improve the services they provide to
both departments and individual
employees. This has to be done with an
approach of balancing the needs of
management and the needs of employees where those needs may conflict.
Recently, HR took on the responsibility of representing the Regional Transit
Authority. HR has been contracted by
the RTA to provide full range HR
services. Providing contract services to
an outside agency is something new,
and is also a source of revenue for the
Department.
With the possibility of layoffs on the
horizon, the HR analysts are more than
willing to work with employees who
may be subject to layoff to update applications and assist with a transfer to a
position that is not slated for layoff.
Employees with questions should contact HR for more information.
To Tami, Dori, and all of the staff at
HR, SLOCEA says you put the“human”
in Human Resources, and for that we
sincerely thank you. Take a much
deserved bow ladies and gentlemen,
you’ve earned it.
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Home & Auto
Insurance
Coordinator
TIM MCGEE
In Sickness and
in Health
McGee Insurance Agency
Offers Wedding Insurance
from Travelers
ore than 3,000 weddings take
place every day in the U.S.,
with the average cost now
reaching $27,000 each. Recognizing
that the “big day” comes with a mighty
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financial commitment, Travelers recently announced the launch of the
Wedding Protector PlanSM, an insurance policy covering weddings.
A wedding is one of the first large
investments a couple will make, both
emotionally and financially. Because
there are so many moving parts, there
are many opportunities for something
to go wrong. It is important to protect
such an investment.
The Wedding Protector Plan provides
coverage, with no deductible, for a
variety of unfortunate occurrences
associated with a wedding event. For
example, coverage is provided if severe
weather causes the necessary and
unavoidable cancellation or postponement of the event. Other coverages
include postponement for withdrawal
of military leave, forfeited deposits, loss
of rings, damage to gifts, venue liability,
transportation shutdown, ruined photographs, and entertainment expenses.
The top wedding claims and
problems typically include damage to
wedding attire, mishaps with event
photography, cancellation due to illness
or bereavement, and no-shows by contracted vendors. A no-deductible policy
covers all of this and more for about the
cost of having 1 or 2 additional guests.
As long as the wedding is more than
14 days away, it’s not too late. The
Wedding Protector Plan can cover how to protect a wedding, contact
events in the United States, Puerto Rico, McGee Insurance Agency.
Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico,
Bermuda, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, For information and quotes on
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continued from page 2
provide adequate services to the public. Another issue with this strategy is that certain groups who take a significant amount from the General Fund will argue to be
exempted from MTO, which diminishes the amount of money that can be saved by
SLOCEA-represented employees being furloughed.
We could be back at the bargaining table at any time. There is a re-opener in our
contract that mandates we participate in Meet & Confer with the County if the
state decreases funding for our local services. So far, though, SLOCEA has been the
only union to come to the table and settle an agreement to save the County money
and, in turn, save jobs. With the exception of a couple of positions in management,
SLOCEA is also the only group with filled positions on the layoff list for December
31st, so there is certainly more incentive for our group to consider striking deals to
save employees’ jobs than others.
SLOCEA staff has been meeting with SLOCEA’s negotiating committees, the
Board of Supervisors, Department Heads, the Human Resources Department and
Labor Relations to try to plan for the unexpected. Remember we are your
Association and therefore, need your help during these difficult times. As always,
keep up the hard work SLO County!
If You Have Something To Say —
Write Us!
We’ll Print Your Concerns
From The
Benefits
Coordinator
below market rates for SLOCEA members.
You may be able to save 25-45% off your
insurance cost. Look for his articles in the
Send your letter to:
Blade.
The County Blade
Investments: Do you want to consolidate
all of your previous employer plans or IRA’s?
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ing IRA’s from different investment accounts
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and banks, thereby allowing you access to
an infinite amount of investment choices.
This works well if you are planning in
retiring from the County and want to
review investment alternatives for you
Deferred Compensation accounts.
Come to Gus’s for a quick, healthy bite to eat.
College Planning: What is the most
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We will help devise a plan to suit your
needs.
Want it right now? Call ahead!
Estate Planning do you need a Will or
a Trust? If you have a child with Special phone: 543-8684 1638 Osos Street San Luis Obispo
Needs, is there anything that can be done
to protect them if you predecease
them? We are not Attorney’s and don’t
practice law, we can help you sort out
some ideas so you will have a better
understanding of matters before you
meet with them.
This is by no means a complete
description of all of our services, but
this should give you the comfort of
knowing that you have people that
you can call and get the help you need
regarding any financial situation. If we
can’t help you personally, we will try to
introduce you to reputable people
who can help you.
If you are interested in learning
more about this information or other
services that we provide to SLOCEA
members, please feel free to call us at
805-544-5311.
Eddie Holmes is a
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professional, and James
Wormley is an
Investment Advisor
Representative, Melissa
Giovanazzi is a
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Health Agent in
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Eddie Holmes and
James Wormley are registered representatives for,
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Hungry for real food?
EDDIE HOLMES
What We Do For You
s we have been going to the
SLOCEA Barbeques, it appears
that we are hearing quite a few
of you say,“I didn’t know you could help
us with that!”
So I thought I would take this opportunity to briefly describe to you the
many services we provide to SLOCEA
members.
Insurance Plans: As a SLOCEA
member you have access to many types
of insurance. The reason we offer so
many different kinds of insurance, is
that you all have different needs and
concerns. We have Hospital Indemnity
plans that will reimburse you for copays and deductibles; it pays based on
what the medical provider charges the
insurance company, not what you paid.
Disability Income and Accident
Policies provides income in the event
you become disabled for any number of
reasons, pregnancy is covered as well.
Cancer Insurance pays a benefit,
either by a schedule of benefits, or lump
sum, if you are diagnosed as having
cancer. Life Insurance makes sure your
family isn’t destitute in the event you,
your spouse or even your children
should die. Critical Illness pays in the
event you are diagnosed with any of the
covered illnesses, so that you can concentrate on getting better, instead of
stressing about money. Pet Insurance
in the event your pet gets sick.
Homeowners and Car Insurance
are offered through Tim McGee
Insurance. We have negotiated special,
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2009 CANDIDATES BOD & OFFICERS ELECTION
President • President • President • President • President • President
Vern
Halterman
Information
Technology
(incumbent)
Protecting our
rights. Protecting
our benefits.
Protecting our
jobs.
We need to protect our jobs. We’ve
held the line until now, preventing layoffs for this calendar year. But with new
negotiations which may begin as early
Michele
Whipple
General Services
It has been my
pleasure to serve
my fellow coworkers as a
standing member
of the Board of
as next month, we'll have to work even
harder to protect our jobs. That’s my top
priority as your President.
Like public employees everywhere in
this economic crisis, our members have
faced the threat of layoffs. But unlike
many others, we’ve won a guarantee of
“no layoffs”through the end of the year.
Over the past three years, our total
compensation has increased more than
13 percent.
We know that the days ahead won't
be easy. While local governments have
been unfairly targeted by the politicians
in Sacramento, we can't let county officials off the hook.
We've got to stand together – look
out for each other – and fight to give
our families the security they deserve,
now and for the long term.
We've also got to keep our own
house in order. SLOCEA’s reserves are
safe and auditors routinely praise our
members as having one of the best
financial management systems they’ve
seen. We now need to apply the same
smart management systems over our
retiree and pension systems.
Three years ago, our SLOCEA Board
didn't meet regularly with Supervisors
and County management. Today, that’s
changed.
We make sure to have regular meetings with management so they know
what we aim to protect: Our rights. Our
benefits. And our jobs.
I have been an SLOCEA member
since being hired by the County in
1987. I consider it a privilege to serve
my fellow County employees. I would
appreciate your vote to continue to
serve as President of SLOCEA.
Directors and Negotiating Team. I have
accepted the nomination for President,
as it is my desire to see us remain strong
during this time of economic strain. I
have long held that a team is only as
strong as its weakest link. I make it my
personal mission to never be that link.
In my three years of service as an “at
large” member of the board I have
gained considerable insight into the
inner workings of our association. I
think it is an important job for each
board member, especially the president,
to have an understanding of the needs
of the whole association. Integrity and
open mindedness to new ideas are of
the highest priority.
Should you choose to entrust me with
the role of President, I will go beyond
unit boundaries to assure all units get
the best representation they can. Thank
you for considering me for Board
President.
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Vice President • Vice President • Vice President • Vice President
Dan
Qualey
Public Works
(incumbent)
It
all
comes
down to this. The
SLOCEA leadership team you elect
next month will
soon sit down with
County negotiators to start hammering
out a new contract. These are likely to be
the most difficult talks we’ve ever had.
Who do you want speaking for
you, protecting your rights, your
benefits and your job?
Deborah
Smith-Cooke
Environmental
Health
I am honored to
have this opportunity to run for
the Vice President
position on the
These are some of the most challenging times we’ve ever seen. The question
is, how do we get through them?
We start by sticking together. This is
no time for divisiveness and petty politics.
It’s a time to stand together.That’s how we
negotiated an agreement that prevented
layoffs – even as others lost their jobs in
this catastrophic economic downturn.
It also means looking out for one
another. The way I see it, SLOCEA
belongs to all of us.You’ve elected me to be
your eyes and ears – and your voice at the
bargaining table. My top priority has
always been to protect members and their
families, now and over the long term.
This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve been
active and involved since I started at the
County Public Works department in 1981
– from shop steward to negotiating team
member to serving on the board of directors and for the last three years as vice
president. After 25 years at the negotiating table, I’ve seen every trick in the book.
I call them like I see them. For me,
it’s about delivering results for members,
protecting the rights and benefits we’ve
fought for over the years. When SEIU
didn’t give the Trades and Crafts Unit the
service and attention it deserved, I led
the drive to reunify with SLOCEA – and
we’ve all been stronger as a result.
What’s coming is no picnic. Public
employees are under fire everywhere.
Budgets are being slashed across the
board. It’s going to take all of us to protect our rights, our benefits and our jobs.
We can do it, if we’re smart, if we’re
organized, and if we keep working
together.
Thank you for the opportunity to
work for you and with you. I’m grateful
for the trust you’ve placed in me over
the years – and I hope you’ll give me
the chance to continue to serve.
SLOCEA Board of Directors. In this
time of uncertainty, it is important to
know that your Board is ensuring your
Employee Association hears and
addresses your concerns. I feel that we,
the Board, need to be as proactive for all
our fellow County employees as possible. I think it is fair to say that none of
us has had experience in dealing with
this magnitude of budget cuts and the
impacts that brings to the County, businesses and individuals. It is my opinion
that the Board, especially its officers,
needs to be willing and able to think
outside of the box in their pursuit of
solutions to the myriad of problems we
are facing.
I will bring to this position the
knowledge gained from my tenure on
the Board; a willingness to ask the
tough questions; the ability to listen to
all parties with an open mind; an abiding concern for San Luis Obispo
County and its employees, and the
desire to do my best for you, and for
SLOCEA, as your Vice President.
Secretary/Treasurer • Secretary/Treasurer • Secretary/Treasurer
Joe Alves
Assessor
(incumbent)
I’ve sat at the
negotiating table
for three consecutive years on
behalf of SLOCEA, fighting for
our members and families to preserve
jobs and prevent layoffs.
I’ve worked very hard to foster a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation.
It’s not flashy – but it gets results.
Sue Edwards
Treasurer-Tax
Collector
When you work
for the county, coworkers become
sort of like family.
Caring for our
c o u n t y f a m i l y,
During our spring negotiations, we
reached an agreement that postponed any layoffs until next year.
Though this will still be a difficult time
for our brothers and sisters, we are one
of the few unions statewide that will
make it through 2009 without layoffs.
With the statewide budget crisis
worsening by the day, San Luis Obispo
County and other counties across the
state continue to feel the pinch. It is my
goal as your elected union representative to provide stable and effective
leadership to help navigate our way
through these challenging times.
During my tenure as an officer on the
Board of Directors, I have worked with
my colleagues to make common-sense
decisions that reflect the values of our
members.
I’ve tried to remain accessible at all
times, and will continue to make myself
available to all members who have
thoughts, suggestions and questions
about any of our upcoming challenges.
We’re working hard for you – and
working together, we’re getting
results. By keeping the level-headed
leadership we’ve created at SLOCEA
on the job, we can accomplish even
more – and protect the futures of our
members and their families.
As your Secretary/Treasurer, I am
committed to doing everything possible
to ensure that our members are treated
with the dignity and respect we deserve
in challenging economic times.
I respectfully ask for your vote for
re-election as Secretary/Treasurer of
SLOCEA.
Please feel free to call me with
questions at (805) 748-4975.
whether past, present or to come, has
been my focus since joining the board
in 2005. Adding that with my seven
years as a county employee (Treasurer,
Tax Collector, Public Administrator’s
Office) provides me with the knowledge and experience that will allow me
to
succeed
in
the
role
of
Secretary/Treasurer on the Board of
Directors for SLOCEA.
Making sure that members know
they have access to the association they
helped create and being available to
provide information is an important
role for any board member. As an officer of the Board of Directors, it is very
important for me to keep members
informed of the resources available to
them. Paying attention to detail and
being open to share information is my
priority. I will continue to hold that
ideal as Secretary/Treasurer of the
SLOCEA Board of Directors.
Thank you for considering me as a
candidate for Secretary/Treasurer on the
Board of Directors of SLOCEA.
Bargaining Unit #2 Trades, Crafts & Services • 1 Position Open
Dave Loden
General Services
(incumbent)
My name is
David Loden and
I am a Facilities
Maintenance
Mechanic III. I
have worked for
the county for over 20 years. For
approximately the past 10 years, I have
been on the negotiation team. I feel that
Trades and Crafts needs to have a
strong team representing them and we
have fought for and gotten good contracts over the years.
For the last 4 years, I have been a
Director on the Board for SLOCEA. I
have attended nearly every meeting
during that time. That should give you
an idea of how important I think
it means to be a Director. It is a
commitment that is accepted by you to
represent your fellow employees.
This is not a position to look important
or to gain power. Nor is it for helping a
select group of individuals. You are there
to benefit all county employees.
Your other responsibility is the operation of SLOCEA. As one of several
Directors, it is our job to guide the
Association along in a manner that best
provides for the needs of fair share and
member county employees.
I have tried to give that to you.Those of
you that have come to me with questions
know that I have gotten answers for you.
As a Director, my efforts have been to
keep us a strong working Association
dedicated to helping improve conditions
and wages for county employees. I
respectfully ask for your vote as the Trades
and Crafts representative on the
SLOCEA Board of Directors.
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2009 CANDIDATES BOD & OFFICERS ELECTION
Bargaining Unit #5 Supervisory Unit • 1 Position Open
Sharon
Beccacio
Public Health
(incumbent)
My name is
Sharon Beccacio,
for nearly six
years I have had
the honor of sitting on the board
of SLOCEA. I originally wanted to
become a member of the board because
I wanted to know more about how the
County operated. I wanted to know
how the County treated it’s employees
and how they valued their employees
but, I especially wanted to know about
our union. How did SLOCEA support
us, how available were they for their
members, did a live person answer the
phone, could an employee actually talk
with a representative should they have
a problem, and what benefits were
available to a member of SLOCEA?
I liked what I saw as a supervisor and
I liked how they supported me in sup-
porting my employees at the Public
Health Laboratory. I educated my staff,
I encouraged them to contact SLOCEA
if they had any problems, encouraged
them to apply for summer child care
assistance and for scholarships if they
met the criteria. As a member at large I
have helped my staff understand the
benefits of belonging to SLOCEA and I
tell them they can make SLOCEA even
better by bringing their concerns and
ideas to SLOCEA through me or by
attending meetings.
Bargaining Unit #13 Clerical Unit • 1 Position Open
Sarah
Whipple
General
Services
Though it’s only
been a few years
since I started at
San Luis Obispo
County, I have
weathered many budgetary storms.
From the federal level all the way down
to the city level, we employees have
been affected by these changes. On a
daily basis how we are, and have been,
represented is of the utmost
importance.
As a part of a family of county
employees as well as the larger county
employees family, I have a strong desire
to serve, to give back for some of the
good I’ve been given. The board is only
a few that represent the voice of many.
Those voices should speak with integrity, honesty and passion.
Aa
I would like to continue my obligation and responsibility as a board
member of SLOCEA. I want to assure
that SLOCEA continue to see each
county employee as an individual who
relies on them to fight for their jobs, for
their benefits for their best interest
especially in these very difficult
economic times.
I take my job seriously and I believe
that the combined effort of all board
members makes a difference for every
employee. Thank you.
Check your mail box for
your ballots which
have been mailed out to
all members.
The ballots are due back
to the SLOCEA office by
August 28th.
At Large – Any County, Court Supervisory, or Los Osos CSD Member
(Represented by SLOCEA) • 2 Positions Open
Sonia Garcia
Public Health
(incumbent)
Hi my name is
Sonia Garcia. I am
running for the at
Large
position
with SLOCEA. I
work for the SLO
Co Public Health
Department and have worked for the
county for 18 years. I have been on the
SLOCEA board since 2003.
Coming from a union family with my
brother being a lobbyist for the
Laborers of the Laborers Union, my
husband also serving on his union
board as treasurer, has really made me
understand the importance of helping
our members.
If I am elected once again to serve as
At Large on our board, I will continue
to work with our SLOCEA Board in
keeping our Association strong and
keeping our members informed.
I look forward in continuing this goal
and would appreciate a vote from you.
Bargaining Unit #1 Public Services
1 Position Open • Vacant
Bonus Program:
$10 Cash for Every New
Member You Sign
After you have recruited 5 new members, you
earn a $20 bonus for new members #6 through #10. From new
member #11 on, you earn $30 bonus per member. New members
must have SLOCEA dues deducted for three payroll periods
before you receive your recruitment payment check. For
membership forms, call the SLOCEA office at 543-2021.
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Dan Linhares
Public Works ISF
I am a Public
Works Worker IV
and have worked
for the County for
over twenty years.
In my free time I
enjoy riding
Patrick
McCracken
Public Works ISF
My name is
P a t r i c k
McCracken and I
am seeking the
open Trades and
Crafts position on
the SLOCEA Board of Directors. I
have been employed with the County
motorcycles and restoring my pride and
joy vintage Volkswagen.
I volunteered to serve on the
negotiations committee to help make a
difference in the salary and benefits of
county employees. I am seeking a position on the board so I may further my
contributions to SLOCEA and it’s
members.
Public Works Department since 1999.
My wife Lisa and I live in Atascadero
with our 3 children Evan age 11 and 5
year old twins Jayson and Erin. My
hobbies include golf, fishing and
working in the yard.
I am seeking this position, because of
a desire to be a more active participant
in our union. I also want to better represent my co-workers in a fair and
unbiased manner.
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If you move, SLOCEA needs to know. Just call 543-2021 and we’ll update our
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other “stuff”we mail to keep you up-to-date on what is going on.
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General Manager
continued from page 1
passed last September was upside down and fraught
with errors before the ink was dry. Instead of spending
the last ten months doing anything positive to correct
the situation, the electeds have been busy posturing
and playing politics with our future. I am so disgusted
with the lot of them.
The only remotely good news that SLOCEA has
received from our lobbyist is that the “road funds
rip-off”bill is dead, and road tax money (also referred to
as HUTA funds) will stay with cities and counties for
now.
At this time, we are not sure of what the impacts to
the County will be. The only thing I can promise is that
your SLOCEA staff will be doing everything within
our power to mitigate any negative impacts to the
employees we represent.
I attended the summer WAGE conference in Bend,
Oregon, along with SLOCEA President Vern Halterman
and Vice-President Dan Qualey in mid-July. Although it
is said that misery loves company, it was disturbing to
hear from the Associations in attendance at the conference just how bleak things are in other jurisdictions. The
staff and leadership of all the organizations are deeply
committed to preserving jobs and benefits. We are sharing information on what is working and what is not in
various locations in an effort to save jobs. In the next
week or so, our SLOCEA members will be receiving a
survey requesting your thoughts and priorities in case
we are back at the negotiations table earlier than
planned. Your opinion matters, and is framework for
what we negotiate. Please, take the time to complete
and return your survey.
Remember, we are all in this together and will emerge
from this mess together. Until next month, stay safe.
Send In Your Ballot
In Search of
a Little
Advice?
Call
SLOCEA
543-2021
Reminders & Important Info
Do we have your address and home e-mail?
We’re building our e-mail lists so we can get information to you
faster. Do we have your address? If not, please send it to Sara at
[email protected] Or, if you are unsure whether we have
your e-mail address and want to check, contact Sara at 543-2021.
August 2009 - The County Blade - Page 9
SLO COUNTY EMPLOYEE’S ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009
A quorum was not present. Therefore, no business was conducted.
Have an idea for a story?
Is there a subject you would like to see addressed in a future issue
of The County Blade? We’re always open to suggestions. Phone
Editor Sara Hockaday at 543-2021, or e-mail her at
[email protected] Or write her at SLOCEA, 1035 Walnut
Street, San Luis Obispo CA 93401.
2009 SLOCEA Board of Director Meetings
In 2009, the next three meetings are:
Wednesday, August 19th, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 16th, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21st, 5:30 p.m.
Board meetings are open to all members and are held at the
San Luis Obispo City/County Library in the Community Room.
Officers
President: Vern Halterman, ITD
Vice President: Dan Qualey, Public Works
Secretary/Treasurer: Joe Alves, Assessor
B.U. #1 Public Services Unit
Dora Drexler, Air Pollution Control District
Bob Mich, Social Services
Deborah Smith-Cooke, Health Agency
B.U. #2 Trades, Crafts Unit
Mike Bishop, Public Works
Dave Loden, General Services
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Agricultural Commission
Rusty Hall,
Ag Biologist Inspector III, B.U. #1
Public Works, Mike Moreno,
Public Works Worker III, B.U.#2
Assessor, Shauna Heintz,
Appraiser Trainee, B.U.#1
Public Works,
LeeAnn Siebert,
Water Systems Worker, B.U.#2
Children’s Support Services
Mary Diane McClure,
Legal Clerk, B.U.#13
Social Services
Carole Bernard, Employment
Resource Specialist III, B.U.#1
District Attorney, Debbi Pascua,
Supervising Legal Clerk, B.U.#5
General Services, Dan Blair,
Airport Maintenance Worker, B.U.#2
General Services, John Blankenship,
Maintenance Painter II, B.U.#2
General Services
Dave Loden, Facility Maintenance
Mechanic III, B.U.#2
General Services
Victor Robertson, Facility
Maintenance Mechanic III, B.U.#2
General Services
Michele Whipple, Custodian, B.U.#2
Health Agency - Animal Services
Pat Martin, Kennel Worker, B.U.#2
Health Agency - Drug & Alcohol
Mardi Geredes, Drug & Alcohol
Specialist III, B.U.#1
Health Agency - Environmental Health
Deborah Smith-Cooke,
Environmental Health Specialist, B.U.#1
Health Agency - Mental Health
Connie Ahner, Mental Health
Therapist II, B.U. #1
Health Agency - Public Health
Cristina Colliver,
Administrative Assistant III, B.U. #13
Health Agency - Public Health
Neville Smeda,
Dept. Personnel Technician, B.U. #13
Library
Kristen Barnhart, Librarian II, B.U. #5
Planning, Bobby Jo Close,
Mapping/Graphics Sys Spec II, B.U. #1
Planning, Jennifer Jimenez,
Mapping/Graphics Sys Spec I, B.U. #1
Planning, Tracy Wanek,
Accounting Technician, B.U.#13
Probation, Lisa Ricks,
Correctional Technician, B.U.#13
Social Services, Jennifer Bierman,
Employment/Services Supervisor,
B.U.#5
Social Services
Pat Blackwell, Employment Resource
Specialist III, B.U.#1
Social Services
Mary Bonaventure, Employment
Resource Specialist III, B.U.#1
Social Services
Joannie Danka, Employment
Resource Specialist III, B.U.#1
Social Services
Robert Dyer, Employment Resource
Specialist III, B.U.#1
Social Services, Katie Griffith,
Administrative Assistant III, B.U.#13
Social Services
Charlene Hite, Supervising
Administrative Clerk I, B.U.#5
Social Services
Diana Horn, Supervising
Administrative Clerk I, B.U.#5
Social Services, Elaine Martinez,
Employment Resource Specialist III,
B.U. #1
Social Services, David Platt,
Social Worker Supervisor II, B.U.#5
Social Services, Liz Samaniego,
Social Worker Supervisor II, B.U.#5
Social Services, Linda Sanders,
Social Worker IV, B.U.#1
Social Services
Sherry Seehof, Employment/Services
Supervisor, B.U.#5
Social Services, Kari Slater,
Administrative Assistant III,
B.U.#13
Public Works, Mike Bishop,
Public Works Worker IV, B.U.#2
Social Services, JoEllen Smelcer
Administrative Assistant III,
B.U.#13
Public Works,
Patrick McCracken,
Public Works Worker III, B.U.#2
Social Services, Heather Uhler
Employment Resource Specialist III,
B.U.#1
B.U. #5 Supervisory Unit
Sharon Beccacio, Health Agency
Los Osos CSD
Karen Vega
Court Supervisory
Patricia Glenn, Courts
B.U. #13 Clerical Unit
Sue Edwards, Tax Collector
At Large Unit
Kristen Barnhart, Library
Ron Coleman, Public Works
Sonia E. Garcia, Health Agency
Michele Whipple, General Services
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Happy Anniversary
he following county employees were hired in the month of August. We
list those employees who have reached their 5th, 10th, 15th and higher
years of county employment. Congratulations to these employees!
T
AUGUST ANNIVERSARIES
Department
Name
Years of Service
Planning Department
John Kelly
30
Child Support Services
Elaine Lewis
27
Auditor-Controller
Linda Benfield
26
Public Works ISF
Paul Donnelly
25
Public Works ISF
Gary Leffler
24
Probation
Barbara Phimister
24
Public Works ISF
Ronald Wallravin
24
Public Works ISF
Scott Wetmore
24
ITD
Jeffry Fitzsimmons
22
General Services
David Love
22
General Services
Kimberly Romero
20
District Attorney
Cindy Stewart
20
Public Works ISF
Lisa Wallender
20
Public Health
Stacy Evans
19
Social Services
Alice Myers
19
Mental Health
William Boorman
16
Ag Commissioner
Dale Donaghe
16
General Services
Patrick Elliott
16
Treasurer-Tax Collector
Gina Flores
16
Social Services
Mary Kelly
16
Child Support Services
Deborah Maccarone
16
Sheriff-Coroner
Christine Dawn Schroeder
16
General Services
Creed Bruce
15
Social Services
Adrienne Nicholson
15
Library
Candace Adams
10
Mark Bailie
10
Assessor
Library
Ayde Janzen
10
Planning Department
Christine Macek
10
Assessor
Jeff Stranlund
10
Sheriff-Coroner
Debra Calora
5
Chelsea Chezem
5
Mental Health
Airports
Philip D’Acri
5
Nina Tillet
5
Treasurer-Tax Collector
San Luis Obispo County Works Because You Do!
Welcome New Members
New Member, Department
$10 Recruitment Bonus to SLOCEA Member
Mary Collins
Pamela Beaumont, Law Enforcement Medical Care
Patty Ford
William Clarke, Mental Health
Philip D’Acri, Airport
----------------------------Craig Duprey, Parks
--------------Christina Lefevre Latner, Public Health
--------------Andrea Liddie, Animal Services
John Janowicz
Timothy McLaughlin, Parks
John Shemick
Larry Mickey, Fleet Services
Theresa Desmond
Sean Myers, Mental Health
--------------Amy O’Brien, Probation
--------------Francisco Ortiz, Mental Health Svcs Act
Gary Willey
Paul Reitz, Air Pollution Control District
--------------Jill Shepard, County Medical Svcs Program
Marydiane McClure
Patricia Smith, Child Support Services
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08/01
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08/17
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08/19
Robin Hamilton
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08/19
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08/04
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08/19
Ross Felthousen
08/05
Deah Rudd
08/19
Julie Foxford
08/05
Melanie Andrews
08/20
Robin Muccitelli
08/05
Sara Carrillo
08/20
Debbie Ramirez
08/05
Jeremiah Johnson
08/20
John Shemick
08/05
Katherine O’Reilly
08/20
08/05
Jefferson Sims
08/20
Gordon Peterson
Laura Smith
08/05
Sherri Earl-Pearson
08/21
Judy Groat
08/06
Tammie Jackson
08/21
Connie Martin
08/06
Albert Nunes
08/21
Barron Smith
08/06
Michael Tabares
08/21
Maria Vega
08/06
Cortney Wagner
08/21
Daniel Cohen
08/07
John Allchin
08/22
Phill Haley
08/07
Cynthia Fraysier
08/22
Tiburcio Perez
08/07
Patricia Hunt
08/22
Mike Wall
08/07
Raymond Irey
08/22
Aletta Weber
08/07
Patricia LaRose
08/22
Helen Florez
08/08
Robert Mich
08/22
Patricia Janes
08/08
Karen Arrona
08/23
Rosalyn Pierini
08/08
Lynn McCrudden
08/23
Dale Ramey
08/08
Clarise Pearson
08/23
Yvonne Robbins
08/08
Peter Byrne
08/24
Anne Sederberg
08/08
Teresa Johnson
08/24
Neville Smeda
08/08
Timothy McLaughlin
08/24
Sallie Tonascia
08/08
Desiree Ramos
08/24
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08/09
Kim Sampson McKibben 08/24
Amanda Bowers
08/09
Stu Sheeler
08/24
Julie Walters
08/09
Melissa Johnson
08/25
Anthony Buenrostro
08/10
Josette Lodato
08/25
Mary Shaffer
08/10
Laurie Douglas
08/26
Robert Stockel
08/10
Deborah Miller
08/26
Carolyn Berg
08/11
Laurie Nuzback
08/26
Sandra Darby
08/11
MaryAlice Castro
08/27
Kristin Edler
08/11
Juliann Clauson
08/27
Nicole Ermocida
08/11
Linda Cranston-Tolin
08/27
Nancy Milner
08/11
Karen Ferraro
08/27
Karen Del Rio
08/12
Victoria Heussen
08/27
Kristin Hogan
08/12
August Retzer
08/27
Ayde Janzen
08/12
Gloria Becerra
08/28
James Lopes
08/12
Mayra Garcia
08/28
Diana McPartlan
08/12
Marsha Jepsen
08/28
Olivia Sosa
08/12
David Jones
08/28
Eric Wier
08/12
Ronnie Simons
08/28
Gary Arcemont
08/13
Nancy Wong
08/28
Carrie Bash
08/13
Mary Ahern
08/29
Venee Hetrick
08/13
Thomas Beem
08/29
Kathy Holland
08/13
Todd Clayton-Vargues
08/29
Debra Jurey
08/13
Camille Katz
08/29
Dennis Kemp
08/13
Merlin Knight
08/29
John Rogers
08/13
Lisa Margulies-Chadwick 08/29
Jeannine Edwards
08/14
Carol Martin
08/29
Sean Smith
08/14
Catherine Rider
08/29
Juanita Adcock
08/15
Kimberly Romero
08/29
Barbara Baudendistel
08/15
Deanna Smaw
08/29
Stephanie Buchler
08/15
Leanne Detwiler
08/30
Daniel Manion
08/15
Jennifer Hart
08/30
Muriel Ryan
08/15
Sharon Beccacio
08/31
Noelia Serrano
08/15
Robert Hill
08/31
Sheila Sheeler
08/15
Ethan Kuster
08/31
Douglas Spang
08/15
Phillip Mackechnie
08/31
David Wilding
08/15
Shelly Nelson
08/31
Irma Arguilla
08/16
Matthew Thompson
08/31
If your birthdate is not listed above it is because we do not have
it in our database. Please help us keep our records up to date by
contacting Sara Hockaday 543-2021.
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July 2008
• Held eight lunch BBQ’s at various
County work locations
• Represented three employees in
Skelly hearings with Department
Heads
• Advocated for employees on two
formal grievances filed at the
department level
• Helped an employee who filed discrimination allegations respond to
the outcome of the investigation
• Resolved a couple issues between
groups of employees and their
supervisors
• Conducted lunch site visits with
three groups of SLOCEArepresented employees
• Filed several appeals for employees
on disciplines and unfavorable
evaluations
• Solicited suggestions from
employees on cost-saving measures
to help the County’s budget
• Held one steward meeting and
updated the employees on recent
events
• Met with staff of a department to
discuss workplace violence and job
hazards
• Filed grievances regarding safety
issues in the workplace and
retaliation
• Worked with the County safety
officer to ensure safety for employees
at various work locations
• Helped several employees respond
to unfavorable memos and records of
discussion in a professional and
organized manner
• Met with and assisted several
employees with their annual
performance evaluations and work
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standards associated with their
classifications
Attended three Board of Supervisors
meetings and an employee
recognition award presentation
Advised many employees on
appropriately reacting to tough
situations in the workplace
Met with dozens of SLOCEA
members to discuss work issues and
evaluate their circumstances
Helped several employees with
problems associated with
recruitments, reclassifications,
evaluations, job specifications and
promotions/career advancements
Settled a couple potential grievances
and complaints in a manner that
favored SLOCEA members
Assisted four employees deal with
medical restrictions and
departmental accommodations
Held one SLOCEA Board of
Directors meeting
Participated in the County’s Safety
Commission meeting
Represented several employees in a
Skelly hearings
Worked with some employees and
their supervisors regarding
performance issues
Fielded hundreds of phone calls
from members on a variety of
subjects
Represented a number of employees
in investigative interviews
Held one Trades and Crafts
negotiation committee meeting
Held one “Big Unit”negotiations
committee meeting
Attended one Civil Service
Commission meeting
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