From Watsonville to Salinas to Santa Cruz, SEIU 521 Region 2 members turned out by the hundreds to call on public leaders to protect services, save jobs, and walk the talk of respecting public employees.
Arlene Samrick, SEIU steward and bargaining team member for
Unit J in Monterey County, questioned the whole process the county has employed:
“I am here to ask – where is the transparency in government? How will these changes make services better for our community? Why is the county asking for millions of dollars in concessions from its lowest paid employees when there is in fact no budget shortfall for the next two years?”
Meanwhile, in Santa Cruz County, workers are fighting back county proposals that would leave working families struggling even harder in this dire economy. Said Jane Christmann:
“Higher paid management needs to take more responsibility.”
Photos from this week’s rallies are posted on SEIU 521’s Facebook