Sept. 4, 2013
Contact: Jim Heaney
Santa Cruz County workers rally Thursday
Workers urge supervisors to put community first, invest in quality services and cutting-edge workforce
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Hundreds of Santa Cruz County workers and community leaders will rally in Watsonville and Santa Cruz on Thursday, calling on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors to put community first and reinvest in quality public services and a cutting-edge workforce.
The economy is recovering and Santa Cruz County is once again gaining economic strength, yet many families are still struggling. We need to invest in services that families rely on.
Workers have made sacrifices to maintain services since 2008, including wage freezes, furloughs, layoffs, and cuts to retirement and medical benefits. After years of cuts many workers are actually earning less now than in 2008. In turn, county services have also been impacted by vast cuts.
Now the county has a chance to turn things around by investing in a cutting-edge workforce and strengthening our core public services.
WHAT: Santa Cruz County workers rally for reinvesting in quality public services and a cutting-edge workforce to provide community services.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 5, noon
WHERE: Two locations (Watsonville, Main Street Plaza; and Santa Cruz, 701 Ocean St.)
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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