Monterey County Chapter: Bargaining Update, May 29

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Management Enjoys Increases, Workers Asked to Cut More

On May 20 we held another bargaining session with the county.

The county gave us an offer which they previously said would be “comprehensive.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

While county management has enjoyed sizable increases in compensation, frontline workers are being asked to accept more cuts, including: removing float holidays, discontinuing recess winter recess/eco days, and removing education days.

Workers are also being asked to pay the full cost of the employee’s share of retirement (the county claims they can offset the additional cost).

UPDATE: On May 30 your SEIU Local 521 bargaining team was all in together and fought back. We said no to 7% PERs, saved the floating holiday, saved supervisor leave and presented the county with over 30 pages of improvements we want in our MOUs, just to start!

If county management has received big increases (see chart in PDF), why are frontline workers being asked to give more? Workers have sacrificed enough to maintain services since the recession.

Arlene Samrick“The county said they would present us with a ‘comprehensive’ proposal. But their proposal delivered by their high-paid attorney includes cuts but offers no increases for workers. If the county can afford to give management huge increases, then it’s insulting to tell us that we need to give more. Join us at the Board of Supervisors on June 5th at noon to rally for a fair contract and community services.”
— Arlene Samrick, Bargaining Team Member, RMA Unit J

Rally June 5th for Community Services and Fair Contract

All In TogetherWe care about providing quality services to the residents of Monterey County. Every day we ensure our parks are clean, roads are safe, and that families receive quality health care.

That’s why we stand for a fair contract that maintains and protects quality services for Monterey County families.

Join the rally. We’re all in for:

  • Reliable, Quality Services 
  • Affordable Healthcare 
  • Dignity and Respect for All

Wednesday, June 5 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Government Center, 168 W. Alisal Street in Salinas

For those who would like to attend, the Budget Hearing begins at 9:00 a.m.


The Auditor’s Office still owes workers overtime going back to September 17, 2010.

If that includes you, let us know

County Values?

During the May 20 bargaining session the County indicated they want to remove “Monterey County Values” from our contract.

Those county values are:

  • We are committed to assuring honesty and integrity in all county actions.
  • We are committed to providing top quality customer service.
  • We are committed to practicing continuing innovation.
  • We are committed to treating our fellow employees, customers and residents with respect and courtesy at all times.

Does this mean the county is no longer committed to treating its employees with respect?

Where is the commitment to workers, services, and residents?

Worksite Meetings

DSS – Quad at Suite 110
2nd Thurs of each month
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

DSS – LaGuardia, Ventana Rm
3rd Weds of each month
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

DSS – King City, Vendome Rm
4th Thurs of each month
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Health Dept – Whitney Rm A
2nd Tuesday of each month
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

NMC-Meetings by Unit
Contact Miguel Sauceda at (831) 784-2575 for information about the meetings or to schedule a monthly meeting with your unit or department.

Purple Tuesday

Every Tuesday is Purple Tuesday. Show your support for a fair contract and your bargaining team by wearing purple each Tuesday.
Take a photo of your co-workers in purple and email to or post it on our Region 2 Facebook page:

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