Monterey County workers fight for services

Press Release: June 21, 2011                                

Contact:  Khanh Weinberg – (408) 678-3364

SALINAS, Calif. – Turning over all stones in their quest to find budget solutions for the county, Monterey County employees have reached a boulder that just won’t move: the county itself.

County leaders are insisting that jobs and services have to go, even at the cost of significant loss of quality services and county jobs. SEIU Local 521 members will address the board of supervisors today to insist that other options be explored. These include:

  • Changing accounting practices for vacant positions: Minimum of $10 million savings
  • Centralizing human resources: $6.5 million savings
  • Keeping WIB services in house: $900,000 savings
  • Suspending vacation buy-out: $1.5 million savings
  • Reducing reliance on temporary agencies: unknown millions in savings

County workers have offered to do their fair share, but the county instead is demanding $11 million a year in concessions that are not tied to saving services.

MEETING INFORMATION: Monterey County Board of Supervisors, 168 W. Alisal St., Salinas, Tuesday, June 21, 10:30 a.m.

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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.

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