Fresno County workers to hold press conference on officials’ pay raises, lack of leadership

Media Advisory – July 8, 2013

Contact: Jerry Jimenez; (408) 219-9636

FRESNO, Calif. – At a noon press conference on Tuesday, Fresno County workers will give official statements on the county’s failed leadership and publicly call on county officials to reinvest in Fresno County.

The press conference will come just days after county officials fully restored their own high salaries while forcing a 9-percent pay cut on frontline workers.

The county’s shocking decisions have been described as “callousness” and “mind-boggling” by The Fresno Bee, which noted that a 9-percent pay cut for a worker earning $40,000 a year could mean the difference between keeping and losing her home.

“It’s time to restore Fresno County so that we can rebuild,” said Alysia Bonner, SEIU Local 521 Regional Vice President. “The cuts to services have hurt the people of Fresno and we want to get back to serving them with the full support of the board. We have the resources and the time is right. If the board can find the political will to stand up to their CAO, we can make this happen now.”


WHAT: Press conference on county officials’ disparate pay raises, lack of leadership

WHO: Fresno County workers

WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, noon

WHERE: Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare St., #301, Fresno

WHY: County officials give themselves big pay raises while cutting workers’ pay by 9 percent. This has been damaging to struggling families, community services, and local businesses. It’s time we reinvest in our community.

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The Service Employees International Union is an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. For more information, visit

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