Update, 6/25: Santa Clara County workers set date to strike: June 30
Members of Santa Clara County’s largest union workforce have overwhelmingly voted to go on an unfair practice strike on June 30. Service Employees International Union Local 521 members and community leaders addressed the reasons for the strike at a press conference today held at county headquarters. Workers voted to hold an “open-ended” strike with no end date.
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More than 1,000 workers attended the rally on June 16
An overwhelming 98% of SEIU 521 members in Santa Clara County voted this week to seek a strike sanction, calling on county leaders to address crises in the community ranging from a critically understaffed 911 department to a looming labor shortage.
Rather than working with front-line workers to invest in proposals that put the community first, management is engaging in unfair labor practices (ULP) such as interfering in union business and unilaterally eliminating alternate work hours as a form of retaliation.
Santa Clara County workers are planning for a strike authorization vote on June 24.
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We had a powerful rally on June 16. During the rally, seven posters were on stage representing seven days of the week and the crises faced by the county (PDF).
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9-1-1 is understaffed and in crisis!
Add your name to the petition now and contact Luke Leung at email@example.com to let him know you are concerned that the County is mismanaging our 9-1-1 Department, endangering workers’ safety and putting our community at risk: www.seiu521.org/scco911
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