The Fresno Bee: Fresno County workers to protest pay cuts

By Kurtis Alexander, the Fresno Bee

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011

Fresno County’s largest labor union plans to hold a demonstration tonight to call attention to pay cuts for county government workers.

Employees are being asked to surrender salary and benefits in a pending labor agreement scheduled to take effect next month. County managers and representatives of Service Workers Employee Union Local 521 are in contract negotiations.

The county says sacrifices by employees are needed to help shore up a budget hit hard by the poor economy. But union representatives say the county is leaning too hard on lower-paid workers.

“Three members of the Board of Supervisors are pushing a militant, anti-worker agenda,” reads a news release sent out today by SEIU, referring to Supervisors Phil Larson, Judy Case and Debbie Poochigian.

Tonight’s event is billed as a candlelight vigil and begins at 5:30 p.m. at the County Hall of Records in downtown Fresno.

County managers already have negotiated pay cuts for most of the county’s labor groups, but the seven groups represented by SEIU have yet to secure a new contract. The union represents most of the county’s roughly 6,000 employees.

County personnel officials declined to discuss the current contract talks, saying they did not want to negotiate through the media.

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2 Responses to “The Fresno Bee: Fresno County workers to protest pay cuts”

  1. cindy says:

    Funny how we are losing pay and at that we are being paid at way lower wages than most, but yet they bring back Chief Dyer at a pay raise…why did they not just drop everyones pay across board as upper management throughout county make WAY more than they should and continue to get raises. Many of us are single parents that are barely making ends meet and at this point, will harm any of the families.

  2. Jon Wayne says:

    Ugh. Then get a new job. What entitles people to more pay? Where is the ownership for your own life?

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