Strike imminent: County workers address community on Thursday

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 Strike imminent: County workers address community on Thursday

County unable to recruit and retain public safety and health care workers, creating emergency situation

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Santa Clara County 911 dispatchers and health care workers will hold a press conference on Thursday to sound the alarm on staffing shortages that are endangering public safety and putting the county at financial risk when it comes to health care reform.

Read the letter from the county (PDF)

WHEN:  Noon, Thursday, Aug. 22

WHERE:  70 W. Hedding St., San Jose

WHY:

911

Santa Clara County is having difficulty recruiting and retaining top talent throughout the county. Currently 911 dispatchers are working mandatory overtime. In the month of August alone, more than 2,030 hours of overtime have been assigned to only 56 dispatchers, for an average of 36 hours per dispatcher. That’s similar to having 56 dispatchers working five weeks in one month.  The strain and stress on dispatchers is posing a threat to public safety.

Health care

Chronic vacancies and turnover of health care professionals, from physical therapists to pharmacists, leave the county ill-prepared to meet the demands of health care reform.

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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 www.seiu521.org

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One Response to “Strike imminent: County workers address community on Thursday”

  1. Greg PJR says:

    just curios as to why this press release announcement is only mentioning PT and pharmacy? Heathcare workers providing patient care and environmental specialists are also vital to patient safety and outcomes. We are working with deliberate staff shortages everyday that puts the patients and public at risk and contributes to high absentism due to being overworked and stress.

    Also, the public needs to know that the HHS long ago moved a majority of us to part-time to avoid paying for our benefits and that an increase, again, will cripple us in providing for ourselves and families. We all have experienced having to pay the cost of everything that has gone up from gas, utilities, food, rent, mortgages, education or generally the cost of living without a cost of living adjustment to our wages for over 8 years, yet each contract the county takes away more of our gross pay resulting in less of a net pay to live on.


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