‘We Must Work More with Less’ *

* Exemption: Executive Management?

Feb. 15, 2011 – For the past couple years, Santa Clara County workers experienced a shared sacrifice, such as foregoing wage increases, due to our own community facing high unemployment, unending foreclosures, and an ailing economy. Whether we liked the idea of doing more with less, there was one thing for sure – we all lived up to this standard together or, at least, we thought this way until now.

At the February 10 Finance and Government Operations Committee (FGOC) meeting, SEIU 521 discovered that the county executive is proactively seeking a 10% wage increase for two Employee Service Agency directors due to greater ‘workload’ duties. The topic came only one day after nearly 100 county positions were eliminated.

“When 116 people have been so drastically affected with layoffs and the remaining workers doubling their workloads… leaving children and families not served as a result, it is unimaginable that management would even contemplate seeking any kind of pay raise when we are facing even more cuts. We all should have the humanity to band together in tough times top to bottom in the county. Working together should be the only way we all operate right now.”
— Hector San Roman, SEIU 521 Santa Clara County Worker and FGOC attendee

While Supervisor Yeager and SEIU 521 members seriously questioned the 10% wage increase at the meeting, the county executive is still anticipated to proceed forward in March during the FY2011 Mid Year Budget Review process to ask the full board for authorization. The Mid Year Review report is expected to be brought to the County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 1.

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