With a resounding 96 % vote of support, Santa Clara County members overwhelmingly rejected the county’s last offer and authorized our bargaining team to call a strike if necessary.
After months of negotiations in which the county failed to reach a reasonable agreement, our bargaining team rejected the county’s last offer and called for a strike authorization vote from the membership.
The final vote means our Bargaining Team and members have more strength at the bargaining table to protect services and provide a cutting-edge workforce to serve our community.
“We now see where members stand. We are united to make things better for our community and for the residents that we serve. Now it’s time to take our next steps to get to where we all need to be. Together we can make a change.”
Melanie Martinez, Senior Health Services Representative, CAT Team member
At stake in negotiations are community services and getting a fair contract that allows the county to recruit, train, and retain quality workers.
The economy has improved and Silicon Valley is once again a powerful economic engine, but many families are suffering. Now more than ever our county must invest in services and ensure a quality workforce to meet needs of our community.
Thanks to the CAT Team and Bargaining Team for all of your hard work and to all members for taking a stand for our community services! County workers are the heart of our community.
1) Prepare for a real strike by saving money now and talking with your friends and family.
2) All hands on deck! Join the Contact Action Team (CAT) and find out how you can help with strike preparations. Email Isabel.firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Management will spread rumors about workers not being able to strike. It is our right to strike. Report on any county officials who actively try to prevent workers from striking. We will pursue all appropriate legal action against the county for interfering with workers’ rights to strike. Call the union office at (408) 678-3300 to make a report.