“Fiscal emergency” no excuse for imposing furloughs

PERB judge has ruled the county violated law; SEIU members deserve back pay

In a significant victory for SEIU members in Madera County, a PERB judge has ruled that the county violated workers’ rights by unilaterally imposing furloughs in 2010 without proper negotiations.

Madera County has 60 days to negotiate a settlement with SEIU Local 521 to return the pay plus interest taken from members during the past five years.

A PERB judge held that declaring a fiscal emergency did not relieve the county of its obligation to negotiate in good faith. The judge also ruled that the county was guilty of direct dealing with members and not following the proper channels of negotiation.

Read the PERB decision here. (PDF)

Read the press release here.

After 5 years, this is a huge victory for SEIU members. By standing strong together, we can fight and win against employers who think they can violate workers’ rights.

We will continue to push for contracts and treatment that respect workers. This win puts Madera and other counties on notice that SEIU Local 521 members will not stand for unfair labor practices.

This is an inspiring win for Madera County workers and members of SEIU Local 521. We remained strong and stood together through the furloughs. Let’s hope the county does the right thing, meets with us in good faith, and resolve this quickly and fairly.
– Paul Provenzano
Appraiser III, Madera County

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