Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

As you doubtless recollect, your SEIU-West SAHO Bargaining Committee concluded negotiations regarding a Letter of Understanding (LOU) to transition the SEIU-West seniority system from an hours-based system to a seniority date system on April 30, 2021.

The time has come. 

The work to transition to a seniority date system begins in June of 2022.

  • The earning of seniority as hours will cease on June 6, 2022.
  • Seniority date calculations will commence effective June 6, 2022.
  • All newly hired employees will be ranked according to date of hire (seniority date) effective June 6, 2022.

The Employer is to produce a hours-based seniority list for all SEIU-West members working for the SHA or affiliates prior to and on June 6, 2022. Both three-week and four-week scheduling periods end on this date. We are waiting for specific information from SAHO as to where the lists will be and how to access them.

All SEIU-West members will then have 60 days to review the June 6th hours-based seniority list to make sure that it’s correct.

The Employer is to produce a ‘converted seniority list’ that will change members’ seniority from the number of hours of seniority to the equivalent calendar date on August 15, 2022. This list will include employee name, employee number, classification, hire/transfer date, total hours of seniority used to convert to a date, current rank within the region, converted seniority date, converted rank within the region.

All SEIU-West members will then have 60 days to review the August 15th ‘converted seniority list’ to make sure that its correct.

The formula below will be used for this conversion:

  • Seniority Hours divided by 1948.8 = Years of Service
  • Years of Service multiplied by 365 days per year = Number of days of Service
  • The agreed to cut off date (June 6, 2022) minus Number of days of Service = Converted Seniority Date

There may be an additional column for information purposes only that shows members’ rank across all SEIU-West regions.

The new seniority date list will become effective October 23, 2022.

We are hosting two Town Hall meetings on June 7, 2022 to answer questions about the change to our seniority system from hours based to a seniority date. The times are:

Go to our events page on for more information and to RSVP to receive details on how to join the Zoom meeting by email. If you do not receive the email in your inbox, please check your spam and/or junk folder.

In Solidarity,

Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West
Bob Laurie, Director of Bargaining and Contract Enforcement


Click here to download the printabe PDF file of this Special Update: SAHO Seniority Conversion.

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