2013 DBH Commission Tea & Recognition Ceremony:
Honored for Recognition of working above and beyond classification
and working as Employee Representative assisting other Employees.
The Board of Directors of the San Bernardino Public
Employees Association is very pleased to announce their new
Deidre Rodriguez has been named as the General Manager of
the Employees Association representing more than 14,500
Public Employees in the County of San Bernardino and 26
surrounding cities and Agencies.
Deidre has been with SBPEA since 1991 as a Labor Relations
Representative and a Supervising Labor Relations
Representative. Mrs. Rodriguez has been acting as the
Interim General Manager since late June, 2013.
COUNTY NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE:
COUNTY NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE
THE SBPEA Bargaining teams have met with the County 4/10/14:
We received a comprehensive economic package from the County.
We have made progress, but this is the stage where progress is slow
and both parties feel the pressure.
We again reminded the County of what these 8 Bargaining units have
given up in the past to assist the County, and are asking them to
remember this as we are negotiating a new contract. Negotiations is
a long process, but are dedicated to our membership and will
continue trying to obtain the best possible contract we can.
We are scheduled to meet with the County again on April 15th, after
the bargaining teams have prepared their response to the package.
Your bargaining team members:
SUPERVISORY: Steve Miller- DPW, Merida Saracho-DBH, Katy Dancer-TAD,
Debbie Plackitt-Sheriff, Jesse Reyes-CSS, Jennifer Mena (alternate)
T&I: Laura Shultz- TAD, Susan Carl-TAD, Diana Nicholson-Sheriff,
Paula Ready-Child Support, Richard McDowell-DPW
ADMIN SERVICES: Vere Williams-ARMC, Elizabeth Barrington-DPW, Karem
Evans-HSS, Beatrice Aguilar-HSS, Douglas Lewis-DPW, Michael Preston
MANAGEMENT: Eric Raley- Probation, Ron Dunn-Sheriff, Scott Ryan-DPW,
Jennifer Baptiste-Smith-Public Health, Doug Fazekas- DBH, Joshua
PROFESSIONAL: Sam Achor- DAAS, Rachel Padilla-DBH, Darren Guentert-
CLT: Harlan Harmon-Fleet, Dave Christoph-DPW, Roger Griffith-Sheriff
SUPERVISING RN: Holly Edson-ARMC, John Hearny-Sheriff
CLERICAL: Lorraine Williamson- CFS, Martha Rendon-WDD, Christine
Mooney-Sheriff, Julia Perez-DBH, Melissa Honold-Public Defender,
Jack Prewitt (alternate)-TAD
Prepare to Be Accosted!
There are organizers from SEIU in Los Angeles roaming about the
County and Courts parking lots, buildings, and visiting your homes
wanting you to sign up with them so they can be your union.
SEIU organizers are telling employees to vote “NO” on any agreement.
They don’t care what’s in it, they want people to vote “NO” because
they think it gives them an opportunity to take over. Now that’s a
union that really cares about employees, isn’t it?
Nationally, SEIU has been losing more members every year than the
number of new members recruited. And SEIU Bylaws say that 20% of the
locals’ budgets must be spent on organizing.
Organizers will tell you anything to coerce you into signing a card
because they are organizers, not labor representatives, and their
jobs depend on getting cards signed.
They say SBPEA is not a union – WRONG!
They say SBPEA staff members are County employees – WRONG!
They say SEIU is a Democratic union – WRONG!
They say that you are without a contract – WRONG!
They say their members are happy – WRONG!
Just ask employees in Riverside and San Diego counties who are
You do not have to talk to them.
You do not have to take anything from them.
More importantly, don’t sign anything because these organizers truly
don’t know what they’re talking about.
More to come…
New General Manager
Announced on January 28, 2014 at SBPEA
SEIU continues to try
and gain SBPEA membership.
Things you should know about SEIU...
Democracy – SEIU style
On February 5, 2014, the recent election of union officers and
council members for SEIU Local 221 were nullified. SEIU Local 221
represents 9,200 San Diego County employees. Although 4,500 county
workers are full members of SEIU and eligible to vote, only
forty-one (41) actually voted. Yes, only 41. Rather than a mail
ballot, SEIU set up ballot boxes. Trouble was that there were only 5
polling locations, no polls at worksites, only one day for voting,
and very limited hours to vote. As you can tell, SEIU is not member
owned or member operated. Although the dues are about the same as
agency fees, approximately one-half of the employees do not even
want to belong to SEIU. In San Diego County, SEIU is a four-letter
Independents v. SEIU
SEIU has been losing more members every year than the number of new
members recruited. These losses are mostly to independent
associations with lower dues. Independent associations, such as
SBPEA, do not pay money to an International Union in the form of per
By a wide margin, the County of San Diego’s
Construction, Maintenance, Operations and Repair Unit voted last
year to decertify SEIU and to certify the new independent union, the
Association of San Diego County Employees (ASDCE). (Many believe
ASDCE will replace SEIU in San Diego in two years.)
Employees of the Coachella Valley Water District voted to pull out
of SEIU and form their own labor association. In a vote last year,
about 90% of the employees who have been represented by SEIU 721
voted to form the new Coachella Valley Water District Employee
Association, to elect officers their own officers and hold regular
meetings through the independent association.
In a landslide victory, the City of Chico Classified, Technical and
Professional employees unit voted to get rid of SEIU and recognize
the newly formed Chico Employees Association as their new
Employees of Riverside County have contacted SBPEA to help them form
their own independent association or join with SBPEA. Both Riverside
and San Diego County employees now regret ever losing their
independence to SEIU.
Last year, SEIU President Tyrone Freeman was found guilty sentenced
to 33 months in federal prison for stealing tens of thousands of
dollars from his low-income members to finance an expensive
lifestyle that included being married to two women at the same time.
Alejandro Stephens, the head of SEIU, Local 660 in Los Angeles, was
previously sentenced to four months in prison and three months of
home confinement. Stephens defrauded a nonprofit organization called
the Voter Improvement Project out of $52,000, which he used to
launch his union reelection campaign. In a plea bargain, Stephens
pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion for his failure to
report the stolen money. Local 660 was then merged into Local 721.
The good news is that with so many SEIU representatives behind bars,
SEIU has been able to organize the Prison License Plate Workers,
Local OMG CYA.