As Fresno County workers head back to their jobs today, they’ll remember the outpouring of public support. And they’ll know that despite misrepresentations from the county, the three-day strike unquestionably showed the community the value of public services–especially when qualified staff is not there to provide them.
Overall, more than 2,000 SEIU Local 521 members took part in the actions, from Monday to Wednesday.
Was it worth it? Did the public feel the impact?
Listen to what some of these member leaders and “Strike Captains” had to say (Youtube videos):
Kim Desmond would rather be inside working
Fresno County Social Work Supervisor Kim Desmond tells media she hopes the county comes back to the table to negotiate a fair contract.
Maria Kril answers Fresno County’s claim that workers have no impact.
On the final day of three-day strike, Fresno County workers’ services are felt by community.
Shirley Dillard and Sandra Schillaci on sacrifice and respect – Two of SEIU 521 Fresno County’s “Strike Captains” speak to the media about their fight for respect and losing three days’ pay to make sure everyone gets a fair contract.
See media coverage of Strike Day 3:
- KSEE 24 – Strike ends: Fresno County, employees still at odds (Video and article)
- ABC News: Strike by Fresno Co workers enters third day (Video and article)
- KMJ NOW: Workers strike for third day
- The Fresno Bee: Little change as third, final day of Fresno County labor strike winds down
- KMPH: Fresno County Workers Strike For 3rd Day (Video and article)
View photo slideshow from Strike Day 3: