Sick Bank

In accordance with the provisions of the Local 580 Contract, the Departments of Human Services, Business Regulation, Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals, Children, Youth, and Families, Library Services,  Labor and Training, Office of Health and Human Services, Public Utilities Commission and RIASSE Local 580 have  formed a Sick Bank. Enclosed are the rules and procedures for the Sick Bank and a deduction authorization form. 


PURPOSE: The purpose of the Sick Leave Bank is to make additional sick leave days available to members of the Bank in the event of a personal catastrophic illness, medically necessary surgery, or personal injury, which is not job-related, of an employee only (not any family member). Such Sick Leave Bank Leave may only be granted when all other accrued leave—sick, vacation, and personal—has been exhausted.


1.1 The Sick Leave Bank Committee shall be composed of six members, three (3) of whom shall be appointed by the President of the Union, and three (3) by the State.

1.2 Committee members will seek to promptly review and vote on each application for Sick Leave Bank Leave, meeting as a committee within one week whenever possible.

1.3 Decisions of the Sick Leave Bank Committee to grant Sick Leave Bank Days shall be by majority vote, shall be final, and shall not be subject to the grievance and arbitration provisions of the Contract.


2.1 Employees represented by Local 580 desiring membership in the bank may enroll at anytime during the calendar year.

2.2 Membership for the Local 580 Sick Leave Bank is statewide with one bank covering all member departments.

2.3 Members of the bargaining unit who wish to be eligible to apply to the Bank for sick leave shall contribute eight (8) hours of sick leave if assigned to a forty (40) hour work week, seven and one-half (7.5) hours of sick leave if assigned to a thirty-seven and one-half (37.5) hour work week, or seven (7) hours of sick leave if assigned to a thirty-five (35) hour work week.

2.4 Any employee who does not contribute to the Bank shall not be eligible to apply to the Sick Leave Bank for any sick leave.

2.5 Part-time employees may participate on a prorated basis.

2.6 Beginning in calendar year 2009, employees wishing to join the Bank must have at least five days of accrued sick leave in order to donate one day of sick leave to the Bank. Exception—see 4.7.

application PROCEDURE

Please contact your Local 580 Steward, Executive Board Member, or our union office manager to apply.


Annual Scholarship Award

Rhode Island Alliance of Social Service Employees Local 580 scholarship award for 2019. The Officers and Executive Board members have voted to approve the Scholarship Award again for 2019. We will be awarding two (2) scholarships for ($1000.) each. The following is a list of criteria for the applicants to be eligible for the award, as well as exclusions.

1. Only current local 580 members in good standing may apply on behalf of their child/step-child/adopted child. (No foster children/nephews/nieces/grandchildren etc…) Local 580 Officers and E-board members are not eligible to participate.

2. Recipients must provide a letter of acceptance or proof of enrollment for the current year (2018-2019) from the school of their choice. Only accredited schools of higher education are valid. This includes Colleges, Universities, Junior Colleges, Technical Schools, and Advanced Degree Programs.

3. The award is only available to applicants on a one-time basis. No recipient may reapply after receiving the award. Members may submit names for multiple children who are enrolled in an institution of higher learning.

4. The scholarship will be awarded at the Local 580 Summer Outing to be held on June 21st.  Applications should be mailed or hand delivered to: SEIU-Local 580 Attn: Office Manager, 1258 Elmwood Ave., Unit 1, Providence, RI. 02907

DEADLINE for submission is 6/1/2019.


Education Leave

Employees hired after July 1, 2014 who are authorized to be on full time educational leave will not be paid salary but will continue to receive benefits subject to required employee contributions. They will also receive fifty (50%) tuition costs for in-state tuition. 

Employees hired after July 1, 2014 who obtain a Masters’ Degree after taking up to two years unpaid education leave will receive a salary increment of $3,000 pursuant to the requirements of Article 6.7A.
Employees who are granted part-time educational leave in accordance with this section will receive tuition reimbursement in the amount of up to $600.00 per course in areas of study specified herein taken at in-state colleges or the university and for which the employee receives at least a Grade B. 

For those employees hired prior to July 1, 2014 please refer to the contract for educational leave language. 

Please contact your human resource representative of your department for forms regarding Educational Leave.