After four months of bargaining, Santa Cruz County workers voted Thursday, Sept. 12 to ratify a three-year agreement with the county.
The hard work of our Bargaining Team was overwhelmingly supported by union members in a 75% YES vote.
The agreement recognizes sacrifices workers have made in the past five years during the recession and starts the process of reinvesting in recruiting and retaining a quality workforce to serve the community.
Our Bargaining Team thanks everyone who participated in the intense bargaining campaign and all those who voted.
Workers’ concessions during the economic recession included furloughs, lay-offs, and loss of qualified staff. The new contract makes progress on rebuilding our workforce and strengthening our core public services.
- Reduced furloughs
- Bringing nurse practitioners’/physician assistants’ compensation in line with surrounding jurisdictions
- A modest wage compensation increase each year
“After years of cuts to services and our workforce, we have a lot of rebuilding to do,” said Veronica Rodriguez, SEIU Local 521 Santa Cruz County Chapter President. “This contract will restore our services and help us recruit a cutting-edge workforce to serve our community.”
The Board of Supervisors previously approved the tentative agreement on Sept. 10. Now with the members’ vote of approval, the new agreement is effective from September 11, 2013 through September 23, 2016.