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xiii a b b r e v i a t i o n s AFL-CIO: American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the umbrella organization of unions in the United States CBA: Community benefits agreement ERISA: Employee Retirement Income Security Act HCAO: Health Care Accountability Ordinance HCSO: Health Care Security Ordinance HRA: Health Reimbursement Account IHSS: In-Home Support Services MCO: Minimum Compensation Ordinance NLRA: National Labor Relations Act NLRB: National Labor Relations Board OLSE: Office of Labor Standards Enforcement PSL(O): Paid Sick Leave (Ordinance) Abbreviations and Glossary xiv a b b r e v i a t i o n s a n d g l o s s a r y PTO: Paid Time Off QCEW: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages QSP: Quality Standards Program QWI: Quarterly Workforce Indicators SEIU: Service Employees International Union SFO: San Francisco International Airport UFCW: United Food and Commercial Workers International Union UNITE HERE: Union of Hotel and Restaurant Employees YWU: Young Workers United g l o s s a r y Card check agreement: A simplified form of union recognition in which an employer agrees to recognize the union if a majority of workers sign authorization cards. Also referred to as a “majority sign-up.” Community benefits agreement (CBA): A legal contract between developers and coalitions of community-based organizations in which the developer agrees to conditions aiding the local community in exchange for their public support for the development. Employee Signature Authorization Ordinance (ESAO): San Francisco law requiring that in projects for which the City was a landlord, lender, or loan guarantor, employers have to agree to card check and a labor peace policy. Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA): Federal law governing pension and health benefits provided by private employers. Healthy San Francisco: A program to provide comprehensive health services to uninsured San Francisco residents. Labor peace agreement: A union agreement not to strike, often made in exchange for the employer agreeing not to interfere with employees’ decision on whether to unionize. Living wage: Policies that set wage standards for government contractors or lessees above the state or federal minimum wage. They may include provisions for paid time off and other benefits. National Labor Relations Act (NLRA): Federal law regulating workplace organizing and unions in the private sector and creating the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Prevailing wage: Policies that require employers to pay no less than the common area wage for a specific occupation, which is often the union wage rate. This page intentionally left blank ...


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