PRESS RELEASE: June 30, 2011
Contact: Khanh Weinberg – (408) 921-0098
Monterey County contract talks yield tentative agreement County supervisors meet today to OK workers’ cost-saving ideas
SALINAS, Calif. – Monterey County workers from SEIU Local 521 are close to a contract agreement with the county that would cut costs and bring significant savings to the county. The board of supervisors is scheduled to meet today at 1 p.m. to sign off on the tentative agreement, which would need to be voted on by the county workers.
The agreement affirms the commitment made by county workers to bring creative budget solutions to the table and work with the county to secure a fair contract for county employees.
The county has agreed with SEIU to extend layoffs to July 16 to allow both parties adequate time to finalize the agreement. If approved by the general membership, Monterey County workers will start contributing to their pension plan.
“Monterey County workers showed that they are willing to make sacrifices and do their part to help the county meet its budget needs,” said Gregg McWilliams, Business Technology Analyst and SEIU negotiating team member. “We live and work in this community and realize the importance of preserving the services we provide. It was up to us to find solutions in this difficult economic time and we did!”
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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