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Correction:

In the most recent MEA Newsletter, the first section was devoted to explaining the City’s current proposal received on April 2nd.  While the article accurately described the basic proposal as a 2% increase in each of the first two years of the MOU, it inaccurately characterized the impact on wages of staggering the increases as proposed.  The chart below accurately reflects both the amount and the impact of the City’s current proposal.  The same correction is noted in the original article which is repeated below.  MEA regrets the unintentional miscalculation and looks forward to accurately describing the City’s next – and hopefully improved – proposal.

 

Current City Proposal as of April 11th

Proposed Date of Increase Proposed Increase Annualized Impact forFY 14-15 Annualized Impact forFY 15-16 Annualized ImpactFY 16-17
January 1, 2015 1% .5% (6 months)  1% 1%
COB June 30, 2015 1%  1% 1%
January 2, 2016 1% .5%  (6 months) 1%
Cob June 30, 2016 1% 1%
Total Impact 4% .5% 2.5% 4%

 

Original Article w/Correction:

The City and MTA presented their initial wage proposal to MEA on Wednesday, April 2nd.  To say the proposal was insufficient would be an understatement.  While the overall proposal was for a 2% general wage increase in each of the first two years of a potential MOU, the way in which the increases are timed actually results in an annualized impact of one-half percent (.5%) in 14-15 and two and a half percent (2.5%) in 15-16.  The actual impact of the total 4% does not occur until the third year of the proposed agreement.  This disconnect between that proposal and the current economic climate is stunning.

 

The City explained that the 13-14 wage increase of 3% just went into full effect and therefore should be viewed as an increase in 14-15.  This argument was particularly disingenuous since the structure of the 13-14 increase (1% July 1, 2013, 1% January 4, 2014 and March 29, 2014) was agreed to at the City’s request as a hedge against the uncertainty of the emerging recovery.  To have that used against us in this round of negotiations – with the recovery in full swing – is troubling.  In fact, the City’s entire analysis is troubling since it asserts that we shouldn’t expect meaningful wage increases when times are bad and we shouldn’t expect meaningful wage increases when times are good because they may get bad again.  MEA’s track record speaks for itself.  We step up first when there is a challenge, we make decisions based on facts, we lead rather than follow and we always seek to protect and enhance the programs and services of the City.

 

In this case the data is clear.  The City is thriving, reserves are at pre-downturn levels, our bond ratings are stellar – in large part as a result of dealing with our benefit challenges – and we are seeking modest increases that recognize the cost of living in the Bay Area and the ground lost over the last 10 years.  We want to reach an equitable agreement, but we will not shy away from seeking an arbitrators’ award if that is not achieved through bargaining.  As always we welcome your insights and feedback.  You can send comments to board@sfmea.com.  Thank you for your support.

 

UPDATE: MEA CCSF Management Training Fund 13-14

Funds for training under the CCSF 2013-2014 Management Training Program have become available again. MEA will begin accepting online pre-approval requests through DHR’s Tuition Manager Program starting Monday, April 7, 2014.  There are no funds available for equipment at this time. This training fund is open to all represented managers and may be used multiple times within a year up to a cap of $2000 per person per fiscal year, until the training fund has been exhausted. Here are few important reminders about the tuition reimbursement process:

Pre-Approval Requests

The pre-approval request should include the request form and supporting documentation that outlines the cost of the training (i.e. conference brochure, course catalog, hotel invoice). The supporting documentation is required to justify the approval amount.

Proof of Attendance/ Completion

If an employee attends an event (class, conference, etc.) the employee must provide proof of attendance/completion for reimbursement.

Proof of Payment

The proof of payment documents need to include the employee’s name and show payment was made. Some registration/order confirmation documents do not include proof of payment.   Additionally, pre-approval requests that are for multiple items need to be made as separate pre-approval requests.  For example, if you are attending a conference, renewing membership, and purchasing a manual, you will need to submit (3) three pre-approval requests. You will need to submit one (1) request for the conference registration, one (1) request for the membership fee, and one (1) request for the manual.

Please contact Camaguey Corvinelli if you have any questions or concerns.  She can be reached at (415) 989-7244 or Camaguey@sfmea.com

PLEASE NOTE: THE MEA Equipment Fund has been exhausted for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. We will not be accepting any further pre-approval requests for equipment.