Posted by KMPH: Jan 24, 2012 9:49 AM PST
Updated: Jan 24, 2012 11:16 AM PST
By KMPH Web Staff – email
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) – Hundreds of Fresno County workers were back on the picket line Tuesday morning for the second day of a three-day strike.
The workers, with the Services Employees International Union (SEIU), say they want to disrupt social services in hopes of sending a message to county supervisors over what they call “unfair contract negotiations.”
Many people were worried that they wouldn’t be able to do business with the county on Monday, but most services were still available thanks to other workers and volunteers.
At the Juvenile Justice Center, 90% of the juvenile correctional officers hit the picket line or stayed home. But more than half of the people who work there did show up to pick up the slack for those who chose to strike.
Sheriff Margaret Mims tells KMPH News the jail was not affected by the strike. Corrections officers chose not to participate.
And people were still able to check out books at most libraries in the area. Union workers who decided to report to work along with volunteers helped keep about half of the county’s 34 libraries open.
An updated list of open branches is available at www.fresnolibrary.org or by calling (559) 600-7323.
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