Kern County workers challenge Board of Supervisors to ‘walk a day’ in their shoes

Kern County workers in the board chambersFaced 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.

Ezra QuintanaThe reaction on Tuesday, March 10 from SEIU Local 521 members and the public was swift and strong!

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.

Theresa Becker“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)

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