While county management has enjoyed sizable increases in compensation (see chart – PDF), frontline workers are being asked to accept more cuts during ongoing contract negotiations.
Members stormed the Monterey County Board of Supervisor’s meeting on June 5 and told elected leaders: Workers have sacrificed enough to maintain services since the recession. It’s time to stop balancing the budget on the backs of workers. As the demand for services increases, workers need the resources and staff to provide quality services to the community.
Members showed the board a chart outlining the average salaries of frontline workers as a low $66,309, compared to the starkly high county management and executive pay, which average up to $204,112.
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“Monterey County workers have not only answered the call to help but have led the way by committing as a full partner with your administration. We sacrificed pay to save our fellow workers and voluntarily increased our contributions to PERS (California’s Public Employees Retirement System).We work every day with less and struggle to maintain services in our community.”
— Gregg McWilliams, Bargaining Team Member
Monterey County employees rally during contract negotiations, Salinas Californian