The Board has given raise after raise to themselves and to top management, but hasn’t invested in front-line workers or services for the past eight years.
The June 24 meeting was well-attended by the media as well who have begun highlighting the fact that the CAO makes more than the governor of California in a county that has some of the highest poverty levels in the country.
Linda Castillo talked about putting our Community First and how a small investment in services could create a huge impact in Tulare County. “It was really important that they start to put the pieces together,” she said. “Their action and inaction affects so many people that they don’t seem to think about.”
Michelle Hammond continued that idea, talking about how the system is being stacked against our community. “I told them about the changes that we’ve made over in child protective services. We’ve done great things and continued to innovate. However, we’ve lost some incredible people to other counties over the last few years. Investing in us would help retain the best workers.”
From Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register:
County employees increase pressure for raises
More than 70 members of Service Employees International Union marched in protest.
Our bargaining team met on June 26 and will meet again on July 7… Stay tuned for more bargaining updates next week!
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