MEA BARGAINING SURVEY
The 2012-2014 MOUs covering managers at CCSF and MTA expire on June 30, 2014 so bargaining for successor agreements is just around the corner. In order to begin the process of identifying priorities and developing proposals we are asking all MEA members to complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SFMEA_Negotiations_2014 . This member survey is the first key step as we prepare for next year. Your input is absolutely critical. Please fill out the survey today and encourage your colleagues to do the same – it will remain open until November 22nd.
Thank you for your support.
DHR Survey of Online Tuition Reimbursement System
The Department of Human Resources is conducting an online survey regarding their Online Tuition Reimbursement system. The survey link is posted in two locations on the DHR website, and will close Monday, December 2, 2013. You can also use the following links to take the survey:
Now is the time to rate the system and suggest changes! We encourage you to take the survey if you have used the online tuition reimbursement system.
Supervisor Farrell Holds Healthcare Transparency Hearing on November 6
Most MEA members will remember the recent objections to Kaiser’s 5.25% premium increase for 2014. Kaiser refused to negotiate over the premium, even though City employees’ utilization of services had steadily declined for seven years. This came amid a growing national consensus that transparency in quality and cost of treatment is critical to our shared goal of reducing costs and improving health.
An article in the March/April 2012 issue of Annals of Family Medicine asserts that if current premiums and wage trends continue, and no successful interventions are made, U.S. average family premium and out of pocket costs will reach a staggering 50% of average household income by 2018. There is no doubt that pressure will also build for City employees to pay more.
Supervisor Mark Farrell who showed leadership in helping negotiate CPMC’s Cathedral Hill agreement with the City is now taking up the cause of health care transparency. The hearing on this topic was held on November 6, 2013.
The Public Employee Committee, made up of many City unions, including MEA, gave a presentation for the hearing in conjunction with the Health Service System, Mayor’s office, Department of Human Resources and Controller’s office.
MEA Contributions – 2013 Report to Membership
Every year the MEA budget contains a line item for contributions. In an effort to maximize transparency, the MEA Board wanted to provide an overview of where contributions have been made over approximately the last three years:
|SF Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast*||CAAGE – Asian American GovEmployees*||Combined Charities*||MLK Scholarship Fund||RECCSF – Retired City Employees Holiday Party*|
|Tenderloin Neighborhood Devt. Corporation||Willie Brown Breakfast||MFAC Awards* (SPUR)||Building TradesMoose Feed*||San FranciscoFree Clinic|
|SF Parks AllianceFundraiser||MTA Bus Rodeo||Laguna Honda Hosp. Crab Fest||DPW Public Works Week*||Firefighters L798Toy Drive|
MEA Office – 2013 Holiday Schedule
The MEA Office will be closed on the following dates: November 28-29, and December 24, 25, 31st, 2013 and January 1, 2014.
Save the Date – MEA Holiday Party on December 17th in City Hall
Invitations Will Be Sent and RSVPs Collected in Mid-November