Tulare County decided to invest in our community and we responded. The contract was overwhelmingly approved by 90 percent of voters and the changes will be reflected on our Sept. 2 paychecks. We’ve also reinstated sick leave buyback. This contract shows that by standing together, we really can make a difference.
Chapter President Greg Gomez said, “It was a lot of work and worth every minute. If we keep up the energy, I think this could be the beginning of a new era in county government.”
After months of bargaining and an incredible campaign of public pressure, our Bargaining Team reached a Tentative Agreement with the Tulare County Board of Supervisors that was ratified by our members on Monday, July 28.
Tulare County began the bargaining process by offering no additional investment in the workforce despite the fact that Supervisors have given themselves and top management multiple raises over the past eight years. SEIU members called them on their hypocrisy privately at first, and then in public rallies and at their public meetings.
As members built pressure, they also worked with community groups to educate them about the impact on services. Soon, members of groups like Tulare County for Families began attending rallies and publicly speaking out.
The Tentative Agreement is not everything that our members fought for, but it is an amazing start. Our Bargaining Team did a great job at the table, in the media and in mobilizing the public.
QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICES
A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL WORKERS
RETIREMENT WITH DIGNITY
QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL
WORK LIFE BALANCE
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