Kern members vote to strike!

Jan. 22, 2011 – Kern County workers voted overwhelmingly to give their elected bargaining team the ability to call a strike.

The move shows the county Board of Supervisors that workers are willing to sacrifice, but they are not willing to give up their right to negotiate a fair contract.

“I voted to strike because the county is unwilling to negotiate with us,” said Pam Jones, a support service associate at Kern Medical Center. “It’s unfair for them to take away what they gave in a prior contract.”

The bargaining team is now waiting for the Board of Supervisors to either come to the bargaining table or continue its ill-advised path to imposing a contract.

Press Releases:

Kern County workers vote to authorize strike
Bakersfield, CA – Jan. 22, 2011

Workers tell personal stories of pay cut impacts
Bakersfield, CA – Jan. 10, 2011

In the News:

Opinion: A deal is a deal, right?
By Regina Kane, president of the Kern County chapter of SEIU Local 521
Bakersfield.com, Jan. 16

County workers tell how the benefit cuts will hurt
Bakersfield.com, Jan. 16

Column: A close look reveals tough terms in County’s proposalBakersfield Californian, Lois Henry, Dec. 5, 2010

Kern County Workers Protest Possible Pay Cuts
ABC Kero 23, Nov. 30, 2010

To learn more:

– KernVoice.org – for true stories about our members you won’t find in the mainstream media

– Visit the Kern County Chapter web page: 521.seiu.org/kern

– Follow us on Facebook

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