Santa Clara County workers seek strike sanction

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Thousands are expected at a rally at the South Bay Labor Council as its executive board meets July 11 to vote on a strike sanction supporting Santa Clara County workers.

Contract negotiations between SEIU Local 521 workers and Santa Clara County began in May with the county seeking $53 million in concessions. Yet, the county’s recently approved contract with a management group included only $13 million in cuts. Adjusted for size of workforce, SEIU workers would be shouldering a disproportionate share of concessions, contrary to the county’s promise that cuts would be equally shared.

“We are not asking for raises,” said Rachelle “RJ” Davis, a janitor at Valley Medical Center. “But we do expect fairness. The county has not budged from its initial $53 million proposal and it is just too steep. When managers who make twice what we make end up with a smaller share of cuts, that’s just not right.”

WHAT: South Bay Labor Council strike sanction vote

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., July 11, 2102 Almaden Road, San Jose

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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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