MEA Newsletter February 2016

March 15, 2016

Newsletter | February 2016

Mission Statement: To enhance the quality of life for all San Franciscans and visitors by promoting sound government practices,

supporting professional excellence for our City's managers, and maintaining the highest ethical standards in the delivery of service

to the public.

Newsletter Guide:

1. MEA Hires Deputy Director Prudence Slaathaug

2. MEA 3rd Quarter General Membership Meeting for 15-16 Set

3. 2015 FSA Claims Filing Deadline: March 31, 2016

4. MCCP – What Worked and What Didn’t in FY 2015 – 2016

1. MEA hires Deputy Director Prudence Slaathaug

Please welcome Prudence Slaathaug, MEA’s new Deputy Director. Prudence is a graduate of Barnard College,

Columbia University, New York, NY. She comes to MEA with 20 plus years of demonstrated knowledge and

experience in the field of labor relations. She was most recently the Senior Business Representative for County

Management Employees Association (CEMA), an affiliate of Operating Engineers Local 3, AFL-CIO. In that

capacity she was responsible for all aspects of labor relations for 1,500 supervisory and management employees

who work for Santa Clara County.

Prudence’s experience and outlook are a great fit for MEA’s goal of sustaining staff support with people who have

both very deep labor experience and a commitment to the vision of MEA. As she has made clear and

demonstrated in the short period of time she has been on board: “The hallmark of my style is an abiding respect

and affection for the members of the Union.”

2 MEA 3rd Quarter General Membership Meeting

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 6-8 pm


Introduction of MEA's Deputy Director Prudence Slaathaug

Update on the City's IT Hiring Project - Crispin Hollings

Presentation on the City's Financial System Project (F$P)

Food and Beverages Provided

The meeting will be held at the San Francisco Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rooms A&B, 100 Larkin Street at Grove. The

library is closed Monday nights, so please plan to arrive before 6:00 p.m. If you arrive aftere 6:00 p.m. you can enter

at the far right door of the Grove Street entrance by calling the security office at 415-557-4357. Please remember to

RSVP by emailing or calling 415-989-7244. Refreshments are available starting at 5:30 p.m.

3. Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Claim Filing Deadline for 2015 Expenses: March 31, 2016

Reminder to submit your 2015 FSA claims to WageWorks as soon as possible and prior to the March 31,

2016 deadline. After the close of this claim filing period, unused 2015 healthcare FSA funds up to $500

may carry over. You can contact Wage Works at or by phone at 1-877-924-3967. Per

IRS rules, you forfeit all funds remaining in an FSA by the end of the claim filing period unless they are

covered by the Healthcare FSA Carryover provision. There are no exceptions. There is a new FSA

Administrator for 2016: P&A Group. For FSA account information, visit or call 1-800-688-2611.

Monday-Friday, 5:00am–7:00pm Pacific Time.

4. MCCP – What Worked and What Didn’t Work in FY 2015 – 2016

The MEA DHR negotiations that occurred during the hiatus of the MCCP B&C Program in 2014-2015 hoped to address

three (3) areas that were of great concern to our membership: (1) Access; (2) Transparency; and (3) Clarity. Members

wanted greater access to the program, transparency of the process, and clarity about how the allocations are made. In

addition, we agreed that funding for the program would be increased, and, of that amount, .25% would be designated for

ongoing adjustments and .75% for one-time adjustments.

The ongoing wage adjustments pool for 15-16 totaled $350,124. The one-time, lump sum allocations totaled $1,012,145.

The total value of the allocations made was $1,352,269.

In order to ensure access, transparency and clarity, the following points were agreed to:

1. All MEA represented managers should receive information from their departments about the criteria and timeline for

submissions. MEA managers now have the option of self-submitting. Most departments did send notices out in a

timely fashion with detailed information about the criteria to be used. However, MEA did have to remind some

departments that the MCCP self-submission process had begun and had to request that notifications be sent out.

2. MEA was to receive data on all submissions-self-submissions, and those that were recommended by the

department for an allocation. MEA has received this data and will use it for purposes of negotiating further changes

to the program.

3. It was agreed that between 30%-50% of employees within a department should receive adjustments every year.

Additionally, the allocations should be no less than $1000 and no greater than $7500. Forty percent (40%) of the

unit received an allocation and there were no allocations less than $1000 and only one greater than $7500.

However, there were managers who received both an ongoing wage adjustment and a one-time lump sum

allocation. Most of these did not go over the $7500 maximum.

4. Adjustments were to be distributed broadly among all levels of MCCP/MTAM and non-MCCP classifications. The

first chart below captures the MEA CCSF Bargaining Unit, classes and ranges, as of November 15, 2015- prior to

the approval and distribution of allocations. The subsequent charts below show the MCCP Allocations by class,

lump sum/ongoing, and how self-submissions fared.

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MEA Staff:

Raquel Silva, Executive Director -

Prudence Slaathaug, Deputy Director -

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