Faced with a projected decline in revenues from oil prices, Kern supervisors are exploring “departmental reorganization” and “cost-saving efficiencies.” What this translates to is privatizing our public library system and doing away with employment protections.
Before the county starts discussing contracting out public services or changing the civil service system, SEIU 521 members told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 10 they need to see first-hand the work of front-line workers.
“Over the past year, SEIU members have shown this county our readiness to step in and lead the way for change when change was needed. Our work with the board has produced successful legislation to pave the way for Kern Medical Center’s future under a Hospital Authority. We hope – and expect – the county will continue to look to front line workers as true partners who truly do want to put our community first.”
— Theresa Becker, Library Associate
(Pictured on the left, in the costume)