R&DE Operations Workers Don’t Accept Management’s “Peak Operations” THREE MONTH Calendar

 

 

R&DE Housing workers have been trying to sort out this confusing “peak operations” calendar with management for MONTHS. Last winter (2017) the affected workers delivered a petition to Michael VanFossen regarding the peak (“blackout”) operations calendar that they had rolled out, without any conversation.  The department did address some concerns  regarding the vacation policy and even apologized for the manner in which the calendar was rolled out. However, a significant element of the workers’ demands have not been addressed. The contract clearly states that “supervisors will indicate the operational needs of the group in question” (8.2.E). We have interpreted that to mean every supervisor will evaluate the peak work times for their specific work group. As of today, this has not happened. VanFossen has said the MCP has “one heartbeat” and that is his reason for the one operational calendar. We know that each work group is very different and  has very different periods of peak activity. Separate peak operation calendars for each work group should reflect that.

The Union has filed a grievance and on September 11, 2018 there was a Step 2 meeting where workers testified to the different operational needs and highlighted the CBA and grievance agreements that supported our position. R&DE management continues to say that there has been no change to their peak operations calendar (aka “blackout”) practice yet, according to Kevin Lortie, a 35+ year employee of Stanford University, there has never been a 12 week “black out” period  that has applied to the 9 different work groups in R&DE Housing.

The R&DE Housing workers were not satisfied with the discussion at the step 2 so they decided to take action and march on the boss. On September 12, 2018 these workers delivered a petition demanding that the supervisors meet with the leads of each work group and the shop steward to review the unique operation calendars and create one that reflects the true needs of each work group. Senior Director  of R&DE Maintenance Operations and Capital Projects Michael VanFossen,  Senior Human Resources Business Partner Rania Perry, and Mark Bernie were in attendance. VanFossen opened the impromptu meeting by saying that there was no need for the “theatrics” and that he hoped we could have a respectful conversation. SEIU Local Member Harry pointed out that we were not theatrical – chanting and marching together is the union way of expressing our views and solidarity on this issue. (I couldn’t have said it better myself!) The hour long meeting included the members expressing their discontent and confusion about the calendar. They asked for transparency, communication, and a consistent message that reaches their direct supervisor. For example, VanFossen refuses to call this “peak operations” calendar a “black out” calendar but when talking to the workers lower level supervisors still refer to it as a “black out” calendar. In fact, they have used this calendar to deny time off requests. VanFossen kept on reiterating that the calendar was an “educational tool” for the managers to start the conversation with their workers about time off requests and high peak work times. This has not been happening. 

 

The University has until the end of September to get us their response to our grievance. If the workers are not satisfied we will be going to arbitration  and kicking up the level of actions taken.

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Time will tell.

UPDATE for Stanford Dining Workers’ Campaign

Stanford Dining workers have stood up to hold management accountable to their lack of respect and the poor working conditions they have created by paying more attention to the bottom line than the workers that fulfill their mission. Other SEIU Local 2007 members, students, and community allies have also stood up in solidarity to push for the change that is desperately needed. We are not done yet! The Dining Committee has put together an update to their campaign and has laid out their demands to share with our community:

Stanford Dining Workers keep pushing for "Respect and a fair workload"
Stanford Dining Workers keep pushing for “Respect and a fair workload”

The Sticker Action that took place on January 12th, 2018 and Stanford University’s response caught the attention of KPIX 5. The following video aired on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15th, 2018.

Keep coming back for more updates!

Union Movie Night

SEIU Local 2007 will be hosting a Union Movie Night on the Stanford University Campus (actual place TBD) on January 17th, 2018. Come bring your family and friends while we enjoy snacks and a movie together. We will be screening “We are Wisconsin”, a documentary that follows six Wisconsin citizens in their fight to maintain their workers’ rights against a Republican Governor’s attack on unions and the middle class.

The Union will provide the drinks and we ask for the community to bring a snack to pass!

If you’re interested in attending, please email jraatz@seiu2007.org.

Movie Night - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:30pm

The United Voice is BACK!

Hey All!

United Voice went on a bit of a hiatus these last couple months but it is back! In this month’s publication you will find:

  • a recap of our 2017 General Membership meeting and 1oth anniversary celebration
  • an announcement for the upcoming 2018 Local Officer Elections
  • an introduction to our two new Organizers (meet Seth and Johannes!)
  • information around Stanford University’s General Use Permit (GUP)
  • 2017 Stanford Open Enrollment/ MCAP definitions

Don’t take my word for it though! Check it out here ! or below!

 

If you want to contribute or have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us at info@seiu2007.org.

Stanford Food Service Workers Take on Management

SEIU Local 2007 Food Service Workers handed their petition regarding work load and chronic under staffing.
SEIU Local 2007 Food Service Workers getting ready to hand their petition regarding work load and chronic under staffing.

Last month (October 2017) SEIU Local 2007 Food Service Workers told Stanford Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) management they have had enough of their delay tactics in addressing the chronic understaffing in the dining halls. Union staff and stewards have been in formal talks with R&DE management for over a year regarding this issue with no movement in the right direction. Bargaining unit members are working side by side with casual and temporary workers for years that have no access to University benefits (i.e. health care/ vacation time/401K) because they are religiously kept under 20 hours per week. Despite the fact that these workers have the experience needed to fill the over 25 vacant positions posted on the University website. To make matters worse, the giant workload placed upon the Food Service Workers is becoming a health and safety issue. Our members have great pride in the service they provide and the students who receive them. This is why they push hard to still meet management’s high demands on their bodies but more and more workers are having to go out on workers’ comp injuries, and short-term or long-term disability. Workers from Lakeside, Ricker, and Manzanita dining halls signed and delivered petitions to demand that R&DE management recognize and appreciate the hard work of its employees, actively promote from within to fill the higher level vacant positions, offer opportunities to the casual and temporary employees currently working in the dining halls, and provide adequate coverage for those out on workers’ comp or disability.

This isn’t the end… this is only the beginning.

Food Service Workers from Manzanita (Casper) pose for a picture before they deliver their petition around workload/ under staffing.
Food Service Workers from Manzanita (Casper) pose for a picture before they deliver their petition to Residential and Dining Enterprises management.

 

 

The United Voice is BACK!

Hey All!

United Voice went on a bit of a hiatus these last couple months but it is back! In this month’s publication you will find:

  • a recap of our 2017 General Membership meeting and 1oth anniversary celebration
  • an announcement for the upcoming 2018 Local Officer Elections
  • an introduction to our two new Organizers (meet Seth and Johannes!)
  • information around Stanford University’s General Use Permit (GUP)
  • 2017 Stanford Open Enrollment/ MCAP definitions

Don’t take my word for it though! Check it out here ! or below!

 

If you want to contribute or have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us at info@seiu2007.org.

Please Welcome Our New Executive Director

We are excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Francisco Preciado!

Francisco has experience working in local and state politics. He has advised California State Assembly Members and State Senators, managed a non-profit, worked as a union organizer, and completed several legal externships. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, where he was recognized for his work assisting low-income workers. Francisco has a Masters Degree in Mexican American Studies from San Jose State University, and a dual Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Chicano(a) Studies from Stanford University.

Francisco is committed to social justice and is excited to rejoin the labor movement. Welcome back Francisco!