New Shelter In Place Orders for the Bay Area – What does that mean for our membership?

I doubt anyone would have thought that our campuses would have been near empty and over half of us sheltering in our homes earlier this year. But here we are. Yesterday, all six Bay Area counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara – extended and enhanced their restrictions to our Shelter In Place orders. Those new orders have a new date of May 3, 2020 unless otherwise extended. Most school districts are not expected to open for the rest of the academic year. That leaves the majority of us with lots of questions about what that means to us… who is deemed “essential” and who can do work from home?

We have over 650 bargaining unit members on both of our campuses. At Santa Clara University, the Facilities department has been limited to a skeleton crew. Members volunteered to work in order to protect their union brothers and sisters. Our last report has two Landscape Techs/Gardeners; 1 Electrician; 1 HVAC tech; 4 General Maintenance Mechanics; 1 Recycling specialist; and both Events workers on campus. Not everyone is on campus at once – workers are taking shifts on a rotating basis. As of March 23rd, 2020, Custodians experienced a limit to their normal work  as the majority of students are no longer on campus nor are the majority of faculty and staff. Santa Clara University has made the commitment to continue to pay workers at their full base salary until April 30, 2020. In mid April, the University plans to review this commitment and make any adjustments as needed. Union leaders are checking in with SCU management on a weekly basis or as needed to ensure the health and safety of all our members and community.

Bargaining unit members that work at Stanford University, its satellites, and SLAC are reporting varying experiences. Those that have been deemed “essential” and are required to work at their job site will receive a 10% premium for all hours worked. This premium has been negotiated to be in effect from March 17th – April 7th. Groups that have been labeled essential include: the School of Medicine; parts of School of Humanities and Sciences; EH&S; parts of LBRE; Residential Dining and Enterprises, and Operator Services Center (Business Affairs). Beyond these groups, certain members will be expected to periodically return to the job site to perform specific tasks or maintenance checks. Those BU work within SLAC, VP for the Arts, and Athletics. Others are either not working or are working from home.

The largest group that has been affected, by far, is those from the Dining and Hospitality side of R&DE. Almost 110 bargaining unit members received letters notifying them that their job assignment, schedules, and work location will change effective March 30, 2020. These members will be taking on a custodial position. This will increase their pay as they will be working out of their classification (check out 9.13.C in the SEIU L2007 and Stanford  cba). Over 50 BU had their hours cut but will receive pay continuance in order to make them 100% whole for their FTE status – only so long as Stanford makes the commitment to do so. If a worker refuses these changes, it is likely they will be placed on a seasonal layoff due to lack of work.

As of yesterday, March 31st, 2020 Stanford University has only made the commitment to continue to pay workers’ salaries until April 15th, 2020. Union leaders and Stanford’s Employee’s Labor Relations have been discussing the topic regularly. We will continue to hold these conversations in order to encourage Stanford to continue their pay commitment to the very people that keep the University, the research, and programs moving forward.

At the time this update is being written, there have been no changes to operations at either campus as a result of this new order. Please keep an eye out for updates in your emails.

We encourage you to mind the CDC guidelines.

If you are having issues getting the time you need to self isolate; take care of your children; or quarantine due to COVID19 please reach out to info@seiu2007.org. We will get you in touch with a union representative to assist.

Stay healthy and safe.

In solidarity.

SCU COVID19 Update – March 19 2020

Sisters and Brothers.

Sorry to reach out to you so late but I wanted to give you an update to some information that you may already know regarding how Santa Clara University will be operating going forward
over the next several days and coming weeks.

Santa Clara University has determined that they will need:

4 General Maintenance Mechanics
1 Electrician
1 HVAC Technician
2 Landscape Techs/Gardeners
2 Laborers
1 Recycling & Waste Tech

(All of these positions were filled by members that volunteered to work)

All Custodians are required until Friday (after that less wii be required and the lower amount will be determined them).

All of our members that are over 65 will be at home to comply with the state and county orders.

We will provide more information as soon as possible or as things change.

Good Night,

Jose N. Escañuela
President, SEIU Local 2007


Hermanas y Hermanos

Les quiero dar una actualización de alguna información de la cual ya están atentos sobre funcionará La Universidad de Santa Clara sobre los próximos días y  semanas.

La Universidad de Santa Clara ha determinado que necesitarán:

4 Mecánicos de Mantenimiento General
1 Electricista
1 Técnico de Climatización (HVAC)
2 Landscapers/Jardineros
2 Laborers
1 Tecnico de Reciclaré y Basura

(Todos estos puestos fueron ocupados por miembros que se ofrecieron como voluntarios para trabajar)

Se requieren de todos los Custodians hasta el Viernes (después de eso se requerirá menos y se determinará la cantidad más baja).

Todos nuestros miembros mayores de 65 años estarán en casa para cumplir con las órdenes estatales y del condado.

Proporcionaremos más información lo antes posible o a medida que las cosas cambien.

Buenas noches,

Jose N. Escañuela
Presidente, SEIU Local 2007

SCU COVID19 Update – March 17 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The last two weeks have been somewhat chaotic and a little hectic because of all  the uncertainty. Today, a Shelter In Place order was announced for the Bay Area. This order affects the counties of: San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, and the city of Berkeley. You can find the orders that effect Santa Clara County here (click on the link!).  This means that everything deemed non-essential will be shutdown in those areas. Grocery stores, banks, and gas stations will remain open. The order went  into effect this morning at midnight and runs through April 7th, 2020.

For our employers…we are still determining which groups will be labeled “essential support”. We do know that those with job titles such as Electricians, HVAC Mechanic, Maintenance Persons, etc. may be called during this time to report to emergency calls or who may be required to remain on campus.

We have a scheduled conversation with SCU Employee Labor Relations this morning to determine who will be “essential”.

Santa Clara University management has made the commitment to continue paying workers their wages at their current base rate through April 7, 2020. The commitment can be found on their website: https://www.scu.edu/kob/update-on-covid-19/.

Please keep checking your emails for more updates.

 

In Solidarity

COVID19 Update for Stanford & SLAC- March 16 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Today Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties announced mandatory “shelter in place” orders for all residents effective at

12:01 a.m. on March 17, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020.

The orders that affect the StanfordCampus and SLAC are accessible here:

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/03-16-20-Health-Officer-Order-to-Shelter-in-Place.pdf

https://www.smcgov.org/sites/smcgov.org/files/HO%20Order%20Shelter%20in%20Place%2020200316.pdf

The orders mandate all nonessential businesses to be closed and nonessential travel prohibited. Stanford University is considered an Essential Business and under the order they are allowed to perform Essential Functions (Basic Operations). This means there will continue to be limited support operations in some groups like Food Service, Custodial, Telecommunications, Utilities and the Technical and Maintenance Trades Operations.

As of 9:30PM tonight the University had not yet determined the total Essential Staff needs for the Main Campus or SLAC with most workers being asked to continue to report to work as usual while other departments have already started to determine their Essential Staff and have instructed Non Essential workers to work remotely or not report to work until further notice. The Union has asked that this determination be made asap.

Yesterday we reached an agreement with Stanford University in which effective March 16-April 15, that if because of reduced operations full-time and part time employees don’t work their full percentage of time, Stanford will pay them their full current base rate of pay regardless of hours worked. Pay will continue for (Regular) and (Part Time) workers for whom there is a temporary lack of work, whose work is not conducive to being done remotely, or who are self-isolating in keeping with public health and university requirements as well as with Governor Newsom’s call for self-isolation for those with chronic health conditions and who are over age 65.

Stanford will also continue to pay regular employees who cannot work due to caregiving obligations that have arisen as a result of widespread school closings that prevent them from coming to work or effectively working from home. Employees who are affected by these various circumstances should work with their managers to determine required work responsibilities.

The information for Continuation of Pay for Employees is here:

Stanford’s commitment to continue pay for employees

Also we agreed with the University that until further notice, parking permits are not required to park in any university-operated lots and garages and you will now be able to park in any ‘A,’ ‘C,’ resident, or shared commuter/resident space. This decision was made for a number of reasons, including an anticipated increase in parking demand for hospital staff and patients at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The decision also provides some temporary financial relief for essential Stanford employees who need to continue to commute to campus for their work.

Updates on Stanford’s Coronavirus response are here:

www.healthalerts.stanford.edu

 

Jose N. Escanuela

President, SEIU Local 2007


 

Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas,

Hoy los condados de Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marín, Contra Costa, Alameda y Santa Cruz anunciaron órdenes obligatorios de “Refugiarse en lugar” para todos los residentes a partir de las

12:01 a.m. del 16 de Marzo 2020 a las 11:59 p.m. del 7 de Abril de 2020.

Las órdenes que afectan al Campus Principal Stanford y SLAC son accesibles aquí:

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/03-16-20-Health-Officer-Order-to-Shelter-in-Place.pdf

https://www.smcgov.org/sites/smcgov.org/files/HO%20Order%20Shelter%20in%20Place%2020200316.pdf

La órden es que todas las empresas No Esenciales sean cerradas y los viajes No Esenciales están prohibidos. La Universidad de Stanford se considera una Empresa Esencial y bajo la órden se les permite realizar Funciones Esenciales (Operaciones Básicas).

Esto significa que seguirá habiendo operaciones de apoyo limitadas en algunos grupos como el Servicio de Alimentos, Limpieza, Telecomunicaciones, Servicios Públicos y las Operaciones Técnicas y de Mantenimiento.

A partir de las 9:30PM de esta noche la Universidad aún no había determinado el total de las necesidades del personal Esencial para el Campus Principal o SLAC y se le pide a la mayoría de los trabajadores que continúen reportándose para trabajar como de costumbre, mientras que otros departamentos ya han comenzado a determinar su personal esencial y han instruido a los trabajadores No Esenciales trabajar de forma remota o no reportarse a trabajar hasta nuevo aviso.

Ayer llegamos a un acuerdo con la Universidad de Stanford en el que efectivo hoy 16 de Marzo al 15 de Abril, que si debido a la reducción de las operaciones a tiempo completo los empleados (full-time) y (part-time) no trabajan su porcentaje completo de tiempo, Stanford les pagará su tasa de salario base actual completa, independientemente de las horas trabajadas.

El salario continuará para los trabajadores (full-time) y (part time) para quienes hay una falta temporal de trabajo, cuyo trabajo no es propicio para ser realizado a distancia, o que se autoaislan de acuerdo con los requisitos de salud pública y universidad, así como con el llamado del gobernador Newsom a aislamiento para las personas con enfermedades crónicas y que son mayores de 65 años.

Stanford también continuará pagando a los empleados regulares que no pueden trabajar debido a las obligaciones de cuidado que han surgido como resultado de cierres generalizados de las escuelas que les impiden venir al trabajo o trabajar eficazmente desde casa. Los empleados que se ven afectados por estas diversas circunstancias deben trabajar con sus gerentes para determinar las responsabilidades de trabajo requeridas.

La información para la Continuación de Pago de los Empleados está aquí:

Stanford’s commitment to continue pay for employees

También acordamos con la Universidad que hasta nuevo aviso, los permisos de estacionamiento no se requieren para estacionar en cualquier lote y garajes operado por La Universidad y que ahora se puede estacionar en cualquier ‘A,’ ‘C,’ para residentes, o espacio compartido para personas de viaje diario/residente.

Esta decisión se tomó por varias razones, incluyendo un aumento anticipado en la demanda de estacionamiento para el personal del hospital y los pacientes en el Hospital Stanford y Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. La decisión también proporciona cierto alivio financiero temporal para los empleados Esenciales de Stanford que necesitan continuar con el viaje diario al campus para su trabajo.

Las actualizaciones sobre la respuesta del Coronavirus de Stanford están aquí:

www.healthalerts.stanford.edu

Jose N. Escanuela

President, SEIU Local 2007

COVID19 Update for Members at Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University COVID19 Update

Dear Sisters and Brothers.

I apologize for the slow response in providing you with information related to the changes Santa Clara University announced Monday in which it will carry out the spring term through virtual learning until April 13,2020 or new notice.

We have been working hard to get the most recent and updated information and yesterday we spoke with John Ottoboni, the Senior Legal Advisor and Director of Operations of the University and he reiterated that the University remains open and normal operations continue until further notice.

We also scheduled a follow up meeting for this Friday, March 13, where we will discuss any possible future impacts on our members as well as immediate future plans and Chief Steward Ray Menchaca will be participating in this meeting.

This situation is unprecedented and we ask that you remain calm and confident that we are doing everything we can to ensure that everyone remains healthy and employed during this situation.

Due to the COVID-19 concerns and in line with the promotion of health and safety for our members and the broader community, we are postponing our Spring Family Event at Gilroy Gardens.

We are cancelling the event that was scheduled for March 28, 2020 and will be rescheduling for a later date that has not yet been determined. We are complying with the order issued by the Santa Clara County Health Officer that went into effect today, which bans mass gatherings.

We look forward to your future attendance at this event in light of the fact that hundreds of members and their loved ones had already confirmed they would be enjoying an exciting day of union solidarity, food and fun. We will reach out once a new date is set.

For the most up-to-date information on the actions of Santa Clara University to respond to the spread of COVID-19, including prevention, treatment, FAQs, and links to other resources, visit (https://www.scu.edu/covid-19/).

Sincerely,

Jose N. Escanuela

President, SEIU LOCAL 2007


 

Queridas Hermanas y Hermaos.

Pido disculpas por la lenta respueta a proveerles informacion relacionadas con los cambios que anuncio el lunes,

La Universidad de Santa Clara en que llevará a cabo el trimestre de primavera a través del aprendizaje virtual, hasta

Abril 13,2020 o nuevo aviso.

Hemos estado trabajando duro para lograr recibir información mas actualizada y ya hemos platicado con John Ottoboni el Asesor Jurídico Superior y Director de Operaciones de la Universidad esta semana donde tambien hemos programado una reunion para este Viernes 13 de Marzo donde para discutiremos los posibles impactos a nuestros miembros.

Mientras tanto, John Ottobani nos reitera que la Universidad permanece abierta y continúan las operaciones normales hasta nuevo aviso.

Esta situación no tiene precedentes y le pedimos que mantenga la calma y la confianza de que estamos haciendo todo lo posible para garantizar que todos se mantengan saludables y empleados durante esta situación.

Además, debido a que tomamos muy en serio la seguridad y la salud de nuestros miembros, nuestro personal y la comunidad, debo anunciar tristemente el aplazamiento de nuestro Día de la Familia en Gilroy Gardens programado para el Sabado 28 de marzo de 2020 debido a las preocupaciones del COVID-19. Será reprogramado para una fecha posterior este año que aún no esta determinado. Estámos cumpliendo con la dirección de los funcionarios de salud del condado de Santa Clara que han prohibido grandes eventos efectivo hoy.

Esperamos convivir con ustedes y sus familias en el futuro, especialmente porque cientos de miembros y sus seres queridos ya habían confirmado con nosotros para participar en este día de solidaridad sindical, comida y diversión. Los contactaremos en cuanto tengamos una nueva fecha.

Para obtener la información más actualizada sobre las acciones de la Universidad de Santa Clara para responder a la propagación de COVID-19, incluyendo la prevención, el tratamiento, las preguntas frecuentes y los enlaces a otros recursos, visite (https://www.scu.edu/covid-19/).

Sinceramente,

Jose N. Escanuela

President, SEIU LOCAL 2007

COVID19 Update for Members at Stanford University & SLAC

Stanford COVID19 Update #3

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This afternoon we met with some of the leadership of R&DE (Residential and Dining Enterprises) regarding what impacts the recent University operational decisions will have on our members that work in the Dining, Housing, and Auxiliaries groups across the University and at SLAC.

There may be limited operations through Spring Break and into Spring Quarter, however the priority is to avert layoffs. The only layoffs that will occur are those that had already been announced as part of seasonal operations in specific departments.

Furthermore, should there be a decrease in demand for these operations the department is making contingency plans for those workers to continue working by supporting other internal operations such as custodial services.

Once again, the University remains open with most departments and schools like SLAC, Business Affairs, School of Medicine, VP for the Arts, School of Engineering, Dean of Research, and Humanities and Sciences continuing normal operations until further notice.

Due to the COVID-19 concerns and in line with the promotion of health and safety for our members and the broader community, we are postponing our Spring Family Event at Gilroy Gardens. We are cancelling the event that was scheduled for March 28, 2020 and will be rescheduling for a later date that has not yet been determined. We are complying with the order issued by the Santa Clara County Health Officer that went into effect today, which bans mass gatherings.

We look forward to your future attendance at this event in light of the fact that hundreds of members and their loved ones had already confirmed they would be enjoying an exciting day of union solidarity, food and fun. We will reach out once a new date is set.

For the most up to date information regarding Stanford University’s actions to respond to the spread of COVID-19 including prevention, treatment, FAQ’s and links to other resources visit (healthalerts.stanford.edu).

We also encourage you to stay up to date with materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the World Health Organization.

We will continue to provide immediate updates as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Jose N. Escañuela

President, SEIU LOCAL 2007


Queridas Hermanas y Hermanos,

Esta tarde nos reunímos con algunos de los líderes de R&DE (Residential and Dining Enterprises) con respecto al impacto que las recientes decisiones operativas de la Universidad tendrán en nuestros miembros que trabajan en los grupos de restaurantes, viviendas y auxiliares de toda la Universidad y en SLAC.

Nos informaron que habrá operaciones limitadas durante las vacaciones de primavera y en el trimestre de primavera. La prioridad es evitar los descansos (layoffs). Los únicos despidos que ocurrirán son aquellos que ya se habían anunciado como parte de operaciones regulares en departamentos específicos.

Además, si resulta que no hay gran demanda de estas operaciones, el departamento está haciendo planes de contingencia para que esos trabajadores continúen trabajando apoyando otras operaciones internas, como los servicios de limpieza (Custodians).

Una vez más, la Universidad permanece abierta y la mayoría de los departamentos y escuelas como SLAC, Business Affairs, School of Medicine, School of Engineering, VP for the Arts, Dean of Research, Humanities and Sciences continúan las operaciones normales hasta nuevo aviso.

Además, debido a que tomamos muy en serio la seguridad y la salud de nuestros miembros, nuestro personal y la comunidad, debo anunciar tristemente el aplazamiento de nuestro Día de la Familia en Gilroy Gardens programado para el Sabado 28 de marzo de 2020 debido a las preocupaciones del COVID-19. Será reprogramado para una fecha posterior este año que aún no esta determinado. Estámos cumpliendo con la dirección de los funcionarios de salud del condado de Santa Clara que han prohibido grandes eventos efectivo hoy.

Esperamos convivir con ustedes y sus familias en el futuro, especialmente porque cientos de miembros y sus seres queridos ya habían confirmado con nosotros para participar en este día de solidaridad sindical, comida y diversión. Los contactaremos en cuanto tengamos una nueva fecha.

Para obtener la información más actualizada sobre las acciones de la Universidad de Stanford para responder a la propagación de COVID-19, incluyendo la prevención, el tratamiento, las preguntas frecuentes y los enlaces a otros recursos, visite (healthalerts.stanford.edu).

Les estaremos proveyendo cualquier nueva informacion en lo que este disponible.

Sinceramente,

Jose N. Escañuela

Presidente, SEIU LOCAL 2007

Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update #2

The following message from our President, Jose Escañuela, was emailed to the membership at Stanford University and SLAC on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Members that work on Santa Clara University’s campus and its satellites should expect an update about what management is doing to implement safety protocols; plan for the future; and maintain current operations by Thursday, March 12th, 2020.


Dear Sisters and Brothers.

This afternoon Stanford University announced that it will conduct the spring quarter through virtual learning, until further notice.

They are asking undergraduates to leave campus at the end of the quarter if possible, yet they are welcome to stay through the spring break and the spring quarter. Stanford is not asking graduate students to leave their on-campus housing.

This decision will have an impact on our members that work in Residential and Dining Enterprises (Dining, Housing, Maintenance) which will not be fully understood until Stanford has a full count of how many students will choose to remain on campus.

The Union was already awaiting a date to meet with R&DE leadership to discuss potential impacts such as this and will provide an update as soon as possible.

Despite this change, the University remains open with many departments or schools like SLAC, Business Affairs, School of Medicine, VP for the Arts, Dean of Research and Humanities and Sciences continuing normal operations until further notice.

LBRE which provides facility services to the academic campus has indicated that they do not see any immediate interruptions of service. They are making plans for workers in Stanford Events to help support other internal operations after mass cancellations of University events.

The University also advises that “The single most important thing you can do is stay home if you’re sick”.

This situation is unprecedented and we ask that you remain calm and confident that we are doing everything possible to ensure everyone remains healthy and employed during this situation. We will update as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Jose N. Escañuela

President, SEIU LOCAL 2007


Queridas Hermanas y Hermanos.

Esta tarde, la Universidad de Stanford anunció que llevará a cabo el trimestre de primavera a través del aprendizaje virtual, hasta nuevo aviso.

Si es posible, les piden a los estudiantes universitarios que abandonen el campus al final del trimestre, pero tambien pueden quedarse durante las vacaciones de primavera y el trimestre de primavera. Stanford no está pidiendo a los estudiantes graduados que abandonen sus viviendas en el campus.

Esta decisión tendrá un impacto en nuestros miembros que trabajan en Residential and Dining Enterprises (Dining, Housing, Maintenance) que no se entenderá completamente hasta que Stanford tenga un recuento completo de cuántos estudiantes elegirán permanecer en el campus.

La Union ya estaba esperando una fecha para reunirse con los líderes de R&D para discutir posibles impactos como este y proporcionará una actualización lo antes posible.

A pesar de este cambio, la Universidad permanece abierta y muchos departamentos o escuelas como SLAC, Business Affairs, School of Medicine, VP for the Arts, Dean of Research and Humanities and Sciences continúan las operaciones normales hasta nuevo aviso.

LBRE, que proporciona servicios de instalaciones al campus académico, ha indicado que no ven ninguna interrupción inmediata del servicio. Están haciendo planes para que los trabajadores de Stanford Events ayuden a apoyar otras operaciones internas después de cancelaciones masivas de eventos universitarios.

La Universidad también informa que “lo más importante que puedes hacer es quedarte en casa si estás enfermo”.

Esta situación no tiene precedentes y le pedimos que mantenga la calma y la confianza de que estamos haciendo todo lo posible para garantizar que todos se mantengan saludables y empleados durante esta situación.

Actualizaremos lo antes posible.

Sinceramente,

Jose N. Escañuela

President, SEIU LOCAL 2007