San Benito workers speak up for jobs and services

Feb. 18, 2011 – San Benito County workers met on the steps of the County Administration building on Feb. 15, making sure their voices were heard as the county proposes more cuts to workers and the community to fix San Benito’s budget woes. This show of unity was a result of a plan that came out of a meeting of SEIU 521 county workers just a week before. At that meeting, more than one-third of the workers expressed significant concern over the attacks on their wages, benefits and jobs.

“This is about services to the community and the ability for us to deliver these services,” said Martha Booker, Chapter President.

The workers decided that the county and the Board of Supervisors must hear from them directly. In Tuesday’s action, workers walked in unity on an informational picket in front of the county administration building. Supervisors Robert Rivas, Jaime De La Cruz and Jerry Muenzer joined county workers on the line to discuss the current budget crisis and the county’s response. Workers from several departments were given an opportunity to discuss alternatives to layoffs and other cuts.

We must make sure that our voices are heard. We must make sure that our elected leaders look very closely at every decision and vote they cast. This is the beginning and San Benito workers are strong, united and mobilized.

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, the Board of Supervisors will consider the County’s recommendation to layoff two Deputies at the County Jail.

Join your fellow workers to ask the Board to consider alternatives to layoffs.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: San Benito County Administration Building, 481 W. St., Hollister

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