SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF., October 17, 2019, 10:30 a.m. — The County of Santa Clara Health System’s Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) and O’Connor Hospital continue providing services to the community during the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 521 strike activities taking place at those facilities today. The hospitals and clinics will remain open and operational during today’s strike activity with a primary focus on providing high quality patient care. County residents may stay informed of service updates at www.sccgov.org/strikeupdate.
“As public servants and health care professionals, our staff has a deep commitment to care for and protect the health of our patients, and the communities we serve,” said County Executive Dr. Jeff Smith. “Our patients, their families, and our community entrust us with their care, and many have few other options in accessing quality and compassionate health care.”
COUNTY SERVICES UPDATE - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center: The Hospital, including its emergency and trauma departments, and all inpatient units are open at this time with the exception of:
- Express Care-Adult patients are being seen next door in the Urgent Care at Valley Health Center Moorpark instead of SCVMC, and OB/GYN and pediatric patients are being seen at Urgent Care at Valley Health Center Bascom across the street.
- 30 elective surgeries are being rescheduled for a later date.
- Outpatient physical and occupational therapy services are closed for the day at SCVMC and O’Connor, but open at the Moorpark Clinic nearby.
O'Connor Hospital: The hospital and inpatient units are open, including the Emergency Department and Labor & Delivery.
St. Louise Regional Hospital: The hospital and inpatient units are open, including the Emergency Department and Labor & Delivery.
- De Paul Urgent Care services are open, including radiology, dialysis and laboratory services.
Valley Health Centers: Services are available at all Valley Health Centers, including:
- Valley Specialty Center
- Valley Health Centers Bascom, Downtown, Gilroy, Milpitas, Moorpark, Sunnyvale and Tully are open.
- Lenzen TB and refugee clinics are open.
- The Valley Homeless Healthcare Program is open at VHC Alexian, and the Medical Respite Program.
Valley Connection (Call Center) services are fully operational.
For service updates, visit www.sccgov.org/strikeupdate.
STRIKE INFORMATION - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019
The public may encounter picket lines today at the SCVMC campus and O’Connor Hospital. To ensure access by patients and their families, the County is helpingensure that picketers at these locations do not interfere with clients who are attempting to enter or leave those facilities.
SEIU members make up about half of the County’s 22,000 employees. Currently, SEIU is conducting rolling strikes where a small number of SEIU employees strike at specific locations, not countywide. During today’s work stoppage, most, if not all, County facilities will remain open and will continue to provide services to the public.
This morning, there are approximately 250 picketers across the affected locations.
LABOR RELATIONS UPDATE - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019
On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the County’s labor negotiators provided Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 521 the County’s best offer in ongoing negotiations over its contract with SEIU-represented employees. SEIU membership is scheduled to vote on the County’s "Last, Best and Final Offer" from October 22 through November 5. The County expects to be notified shortly after.
The County’s offer includes a 3% general wage increase for all SEIU-represented employees effective upon ratification, with additional 3% guaranteed wage increases each year for the next four years, for a cumulative increase of nearly 16% over five years. The offer also removes the County’s prior request that employees contribute 2% of the premium toward the costs of their health care. In addition, the County’s offer provides significant additional wage increases that would apply to specific job classifications. These are above and beyond the across-the-board 3% per year general wage increase. And there are no changes to the generous pension and health benefits the County already provides to SEIU-represented employees.
The County Board of Supervisors and County Executive are eager to reach a positive, sustainable resolution with SEIU, and if the County’s best offer is not accepted, the County plans to propose that the parties seek the services of a third-party mediator to help resolve certain basic disagreements that have hampered resolution of the contract dispute.
For the most recent information on County negotiations with SEIU, read the County’s October 15, 2019, news release: County of Santa Clara Update Regarding the Status of Negotiations with SEIU Local 521. Seeking Positive, Sustainable Resolution, County Offers Cumulative 16% Wage Increase, No New Health Care Contributions, Over Five Years.
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About the County of Santa Clara, California
The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the sixth largest county in California. With more than 70 agencies/departments and nearly 22,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services including public health and environmental protection, medical services through Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) hospitals and clinics, child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, parks, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.
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Posted: October 17, 2019