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SEIU Free College Benefit

  • Earn an Associate’s degree or certificate—for free!
  • Complete your Bachelor’s Degree—for free!
  • Pay nothing for tuition, fees, or e-books – a savings of at least $20,000!
  • Open to eligible SEIU members and their families1
  • Choose from several online programs offered by Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC)2 and Central State University (CSU)3

Your college degree is within reach!

Federal, state, and employer grants don’t always cover the full cost of earning a degree online. SEIU is proud to partner with Eastern Gateway Community College and Central State University to help eligible students fill the financial gap.

Associate’s Degree or Certificate

EGCC welcomes anyone with a high school diploma or GED regardless of past academic performance. Associate’s degrees or certificates available in:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management (with certificates in Advertising, Cyber Security, Data Science, Digital and Social Media, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Healthcare Management, Hospitality, Human Resources, Information Systems, Labor Studies, or Programming and Development)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Teacher Education
  • Individualized Study
  • Paralegal
  • Patient Home Navigator4
  • Healthcare Administration (Associate of Arts)
  • Healthcare Services
  • Paralegal Certificate

Eligible SEIU members and family members may also enroll in other online programs at EGCC such as Medical Coding, Health Information Management, IT, Fire Science and more, but students may be required to pay for the strict industry-recognized content for some courses.

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor’s degrees5 available in:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education – Early Childhood Education
  • Education – Intervention Specialist
  • Interdisciplinary Studies/Humanities

Read our Frequently Asked Questions or call 1-855-469-SEIU (7348) toll free to talk to an advisor.

See below to enroll in either the Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees or the Certificate program and receive your SEIU Free College Benefit:

  1. Register or sign in to your SEIU Member account and click Get Started.
  2. Complete the online CSU or EGCC application.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any required verification. Any grant award must be applied to tuition, fees and e-book charges. CSU’s school code is 003026 and EGCC’s school code is 007275.
  4. Verify that you have received a high school diploma or equivalent by having official transcripts sent to either CSU6or to EGCC.

That’s it! The SEIU Free College Benefit covers the difference between any federal, state, or employer education grants you receive and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books.

Take the next step toward your future—apply now!

https://www.seiumb.com/registration

 

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From the desk of Mr. Sellman….

William H. Sellman

Dear Colleagues:

FY-21 Compensation Enhancement – One-time bonus

Pursuant to the amended FY-21 provisions of the Negotiated Agreement between SEIU Local 400 and the Board of Education of Prince George’s County Public Schools, full-time and part-time (benefits-eligible) employees shall receive a one-time 1% bonus for all employees in the unit as of June 11, 2021.

This one-time bonus will be paid by separate check on June 25, 2021, subject to applicable taxes.  Employees can view this one-time 1% bonus in their e-payslips in Oracle Self-Service.

FY-22 Compensation Enhancement

Pursuant to the FY-22 provisions of the Negotiated Agreement between SEIU Local 400 PG and the Board of Education of Prince George’s County Public Schools, full-time and part-time (benefit eligible) employees shall receive:

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

  • 2% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) effective July 1, 2021.

Step Increment

  • Those on Step 20 as of June 30, 2021, will receive a 1% annual differential for the time-period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
  • All eligible full-time and part-time (benefits-eligible) employees hired prior to December 31, 2020, with an anniversary date of October 1 (see chart below), shall receive a step increase effective October 1, 2021.
  • All eligible full-time and part-time (benefits-eligible) employees hired prior to June 30, 2021, with an anniversary date of April 1 (see chart below), shall receive a step increase effective April 1, 2022.
  • Employees hired after June 30, 2021, are not eligible for the FY-22 step.
  • Employees who received an unsatisfactory evaluation for FY-21 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) are not eligible for the FY-22 step increase.
            Date Hired into Bargaining Unit         Assigned Step Increment “Anniversary” Date
July 1 – December 31 October 1
January 1 – June 30 April 1

Employees who are in a “frozen” salary status are not eligible for the FY-22 compensation enhancements.

Salary Longevity Adjustment

In addition to the FY-22 provisions outlined above, all full-time and part-time (benefits-eligible) employees meeting all of the following criteria will be eligible to receive a “Salary Longevity” adjustment effective July 1, 2021:

  • Must be in a position for which SEIU Local 400 PG is the identified bargaining unit as of July 1, 2021
  • Must have been in a full-time/part-time (benefits-eligible) position as of June 30, 2011
  • Must have had no break in service from June 30, 2011, to July 1, 2021

Employees on Step 18 or below as of June 30, 2021 (meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above) will receive a step increase effective July 1, 2021.  Those on Step 19 and above as of June 30, 2021 (meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above) will receive a 2% annual differential for July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Additional Information

The adjustments effective July 1, 2021 (i.e., COLA and “Salary Longevity” adjustment) will be viewable in Oracle Self-Service on or around July 2, 2021, and will be reflected on July 9. The effective date of July 1, 2021, falls in the middle of the pay period; therefore, the July 9 pay will reflect eight (8) days at the old rate and two (2) days at the new rate.

Employees are always encouraged to access Oracle Self-Service, Annual Salary menu line to view current salary, grade, and step information. All questions should be addressed to the Compensation and Classification office via email at comp.salaryinquiries@pgcps.org.

Thank you

Office of the Chief of Human Resources

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Sasscer Administration Building – Room 104

14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

This information was obtained from the website of the World Health Organization

 If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!

What to do to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19

  • Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others to reduce your risk of infection when they cough, sneeze or speak. Maintain an even greater distance between yourself and others when indoors. The further away, the better.
  • Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people.

Here are the basics of how to wear a mask:

  • Clean your hands before you put your mask on, as well as before and after you take it off.
  • Make sure it covers both your nose, mouth and chin.

Here are some specifics on what type of mask to wear and when, depending on how much virus is circulating where you live, where you go and who you are.

  • Wear a fabric mask unless you’re in a particular risk group. This is especially important when you can’t stay physically distanced, particularly in crowded and poorly ventilated indoor settings.
  • Wear a medical/surgical mask if you:
    • Are over 60,
    • Have underlying medical conditions,
    • Are feeling unwell, and/or
    • Are looking after an ill family member.
  • For more public advice on masks, read our Q&Aand watch our  videos. There is also a Q&A focused on masks and children.
  • For health workers, medical masks are essential personal protective equipment when engaging with patients with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19. Respirator masks (such as FFP2, FFP3, N95, N99) should be used in settings where procedures generating aerosols are performed and must be fitted to ensure the right size is worn.
  • Find out more about the science of how COVID-19 infects people and our bodies react by watching or reading this interview.

 

How to make your environment safer

  • Avoid the 3Cs: spaces that are closed, crowded or involve close contact.
    • Outbreaks have been reported in restaurants, choir practices, fitness classes, nightclubs, offices and places of worship where people have gathered, often in crowded indoor settings where they talk loudly, shout, breathe heavily or sing.
    • The risks of getting COVID-19 are higher in crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces where infected people spend long periods of time together in close proximity. These environments are where the virus appears to spreads by respiratory droplets or aerosols more efficiently, so taking precautions is even more important.
  • Meet people outside. Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor ones, particularly if indoor spaces are small and without outdoor air coming in.
    • For more information on how to hold events like family gatherings, children’s football games and family occasions, read our Q&A on small public gatherings.
  • Avoid crowded or indoor settings but if you can’t, then take precautions:

 

Don’t forget the basics of good hygiene

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This eliminates germs including viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands. By following good ‘respiratory hygiene’, you protect the people around you from viruses, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.

 

What to do if you feel unwell

  • Know the full range of symptoms of COVID-19. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include loss of taste or smell, aches and pains, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, red eyes, diarrhoea, or a skin rash.
  • Stay home and self-isolate even if you have minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Call your health care provider or hotline for advice. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house or have someone near you, wear a medical mask to avoid infecting others.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. Call by telephone first, if you can and follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Local and national authorities and public health units are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

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CDC Self Protection Recommendations

Protect Yourself

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness.

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your cloth face covering
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
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PG County Social Services

The Department of Social Services’ Emergency Food Assistance Program acts as a clearinghouse for the distribution of donated food. Over 30 local community pantries and shelters currently participate in the program. All food is provided to eligible individuals and families free of charge. Please call 301-909-6343 to get information and assistance within your particular area of the County.

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#WeRise

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The promise of America—that if you work hard you and your family can get ahead—is a broken promise for too many Americans.

There are too many poverty-wage jobs with no benefits and irregular hours, and not enough good, union jobs where you and your co-workers can negotiate higher pay and better healthcare coverage. We need more union jobs that provide financial security for families and build thriving communities.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court is considering a case, Janus v. AFSCME, that would make things even worse, dividing working people and making it more difficult to join together in unions.

Watch and Share Now!

The good news is that the resistance to this attack on working people is alive and well. Click here to watch and share the video of workers rising up and fighting back at more than 600 actions across the nation.

Share the video and get involved in the fight for more good, union jobs.

In unity,

Mary Kay Henry

International President

SEIU

 

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