Ratification Election • September 15–19

The SEIU-Florida Public Services Union, Pinellas County Schools bargaining committee and the District have reached tentative agreement on a three-year successor contract through June 2024. Highlights include a 3.25% across the board wage increase, no increase to health insurance premiums or co-pays, increasing Personal Leave from 4 to 5 days with an additional sick day up to the maximum allowable by state statute, an expanded shift differential for the whole day for bus drivers who report in the early morning, bidding of routes for Bus Assistants, an enhanced attendance incentive for bus drivers, an increase to mechanics’ tool allowance, and more.

There will be a hybrid in person and electronic secret ballot ratification vote taking place from Wednesday, September 15 thru Sunday, September 19 at the sites and times listed below.

Wednesday, September 15

  • East Lake High School • 8am–3pm
    1300 Silver Eagle Dr, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
  • Lakewood High School • 8am–3pm
    1400 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
  • Seminole High School • 8am–3pm
    8401 131st St N, Seminole, FL 33776

Thursday, September 16

  • Tarpon Springs Bus Compound • 5am–2pm
    400 E Harrison St, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
  • WPSC Cafeteria • 5am–330pm
    1111 Belcher Rd, Largo, FL 33773
  • 49th Street Bus Compound • 5am–2pm
    635 49th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33707
  • Coachman Bus Compound • 5am–2pm
    2190 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33765
  • Lealman Bus Compound • 5am–12pm
    4100 35th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33714

Following the count of in-person ballots on Friday, September 17, all bargaining unit members who did not vote in person will be sent an electronic ballot through their work email and will be able to vote until Sunday, September 19 at 4pm. A Zoom invite will be sent to all to witness the final vote count and tabulation for Sunday, September 19 at 415 pm. Final results will be communicated to the bargaining unit by Monday, September 20.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your union member leaders Richard “Mac” MacDonald (bgmaac@gmail.com), Rebecca Dean (rdean2250@gmail.com), Tia Blunt (tiablunt@yahoo.com) or Director of Bargaining Joseph Brenner at 561-308-1919.

Update on Bonuses

The SEIU bargaining committee and the District reached agreement on the memorandum of understanding that will provide all full-time SEIU-represented staff a one time non-recurring bonus of $1,000. Pinellas County School Board support staff received their $1,000 nonrecurring bonus on August 16, 2021.

Sick Leave Bank

The District, PCTA, PESPA and SEIU are excited to present updated guidelines for the Sick Leave Bank, which includes a modification to the guidelines to allow employees to withdraw up to 10 days due to a documented COVID-19 illness during the 2020-2021 school year. an additional sick day up to the maximum allowable by state statute

What is the Sick Leave Bank?

The Sick Leave Bank is used to provide an opportunity for a professional to remain in the field of education following a personal, debilitating illness or accident which substantially delays his/her ability to resume duty. By simply donating one of your sick days to the Bank, you have the ability to withdraw days if you are suffering from a personal debilitating illness or injury. Regular guidelines state you must exhaust your available sick days and go without pay for 5 days. 

What modifications have been made due to COVID-19?

The Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) provides employees with up to 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave if the employee is unable to work or telework, under the conditions outlined in the FFCRA. The modified procedures will allow members of the Sick Leave Bank to withdraw up to an additional 10 days of paid time for COVID illnesses, after exhausting their hours from the Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Members of the sick leave bank won’t have to exhaust their sick leave, nor will they have to go without pay for 5 days. 

When can I join the Sick Leave Bank?

You can join now! Staff typically can enroll in the Bank on the first Monday of each month. However, we are opening this enrollment period throughout the month of August this year. After August, you will still be able to join on the first Monday of each month going forward. And, due to COVID-19, we are waiving the requirement that you have to have ten (10) sick days to join this year. 

How do I join the Sick Leave Bank?

Please click below to download the application form and pony it to the Human Resources Department.

Contacts

Representatives

  • Isaline “Izzy” Boston-Boyd, Organizer  |  727.798.4312  |  isaline.boyd@seiufpsu.org

Chapter Leaders

  • Rebecca “Becky” Dean
    Chapter Chair, PCS
  • Richard “Mac” MacDonald
    Chief Steward
    Chapter Secretary, PCS
    Vice President for Finance, SEIU-FPSU
  • Talmadge Andrews
    Chief Steward
    Executive Board Member, SEIU-FPSU

Stewards

  • Rebecca “Becky” Dean – Executive Board Member, SEIU-FPSU
  • Richard “Mac” MacDonald – Executive Board Member, SEIU-FPSU
  • Brian Wilson
  • Tia Blunt

Activists/Leaders

  • Tia Blunt
  • Sonja Cheaves
  • Vince Morgan

Contracts & Agreements

Member Resources

Union Hall

1202 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

 

Due to the COVID pandemic our St Petersburg office is currently closed until further notice. Please contact our main office in Palm Springs at 561.965.0077 for assistance. Thank you for your understanding.