Press conference to announce results of strike vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: James Geluso
(661) 321-4163 | James.Geluso@seiu521.org

Friday, January 21, 2011

SEIU 521 members considering how to respond to Kern County refusal to negotiate

BAKERSFIELD, CA – After a week of voting at sites around Kern County, the Kern County Chapter of SEIU Local 521 will announce the result of a strike authorization vote at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Workers have been considering whether to strike in response to the county Board of Supervisors’ refusal to negotiate a contract. The supervisors last year decided what they wanted – severe cuts in benefits that would dramatically reduce workers’ paychecks – and refused to even discuss alternative ways of reaching the same goals. They also rejected all proposals from the union, even those that would have no impact on county finances or operations.

If members vote to authorize a strike, the exact time and duration would be determined by the bargaining team, which was elected last year by members.

SEIU 521 represents about 5,700 Kern County workers, from nurses to road workers to elections clerks.

WHAT: Announcement of the result of a strike authorization vote

WHO: Chapter president Regina Kane, members of the bargaining team

WHERE: In front of the SEIU Local 521 office, 1001 17th St., Bakersfield

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22

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The Service Employees International Union is an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. For more information, visit www.seiu521.org

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