The Kern County budget hearing on August 17 drew more than 100 SEIU 521 members to the board chamber, sending a strong message to the county that prolonged negotiations are only building up our energy to win a fair contract.
Our worksite actions and unified stance have already produced results: The latest contract proposal from Kern County has NO TAKEAWAYS on vacation time or sick leave – two items that the employer had threatened when talks first started.
Let’s keep up the momentum!
Support our Bargaining Team at the next negotiations on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and WEAR PURPLE!
If you are ready to step up your participation, come to the next CAT meeting Wednesday, Aug. 26 to help plan our Next Steps.
“Our SEIU negotiating team has worked very hard in the spirit of reaching a fair settlement. All we are asking for is a decent contract that meets the needs of the community and the workers who help keep Kern County residents healthy and safe.”
– Kaycee Phillips, PHN
“It is easy to get lost in the numbers. We ask that this board carefully review our calculations. They are more than numbers to us. They help us put food on the table and a roof over our heads.”
– Juan Gonzalez, Recovery Specialist, Mental Health Dept.
“SEIU members have provided the county with what we believe are very reasonable proposals for a contract. Our proposals take into account Kern County’s current financial challenges while at the same time our proposals help you invest in the county workforce.”
– Imelda Ceja Butkiewicz, Projects Specialist, Public Health Dept.