KMPH: Union on strike in Fresno; Most services still available

Posted by KMPH Fox 26 Jan 23, 2012 9:32 AM PST
Updated: Jan 23, 2012 12:16 PM PST

By KMPH Web Staff – email

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) – Even though more than 4,000 Fresno County workers are on the picket line, most services are still available.

Workers are upset over a 9% pay cut and what the SEIU calls “unfair labor practices” by the county.

Sheriff Margaret Mims issued the following statement regarding the strike:

“There has been no impact at the Fresno County Jail as a result of the SEIU job action. All Correctional Officers reported for duty for the day shift. A small percentage of support staff participated in the strike and the only public impact thus far is the closure of the Civil window in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. I want to assure the public I will take every measure to see that the jail remains secure and that the inmates are supervised.”

Fresno County Librarian Laurel Prysiazny says 16 of the county’s 34 libraries are open despite the strike.

SEIU employees and volunteers will help keep the following locations open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:

-Central Library
-Auberry
-Caruthers
-Clovis Regional
-Fig Garden Regional
-Fowler
-Kerman
-Pinedale
-Politi
-Reedley
-Riverdale
-Sanger
-Sunnyside Regional
-West Fresno
-Woodward Park Regional

If you would like to volunteer at your local library, contact Roberta Barton at (559) 600-6274 or Susan Mann at (559) 600-6224. Make sure yo leave your name, contact information, dates and times available and preferred branch.

An updated list of open branches is available on the library website at www.fresnolibrary.org or by calling (559) 600-7323.

The strike is expected to last for three days.

The last time SEIU workers went on strike in Fresno was in 1997.

Stay with KMPH News and KMPH.com as we continue to follow this story.

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