We received an email last Friday asking why readers are never told the pay scales currently used in my SEIU strike coverage last week.
The reason is simple. There are six bargaining units in the SEIU, with at least 59 different job classifications ranging from lab techs to building inspectors to probation officers to mental health clinicians to nurses to custodians.
Just finding the base pay for all 59 positions — many of which have four different pay grades — and then calculating the county’s proposed salary increase opposed to the union’s proposed increase would require me to only write one story each week while I crunched numbers.
Readers are free to crunch numbers on their own if they wish. The county’s offering a 2 percent pay raise this year, the union wants 4 percent.
Pay grades can be found here: www.sjgov.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=9638. A list of the 59 SEIU positions can be found here: http://www.seiu1021.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/74/files/2016/06/1219_001-1.pdf.