On Tuesday, Sept. 22, they called on the Board of Supervisors to reinvest in county workers and the services they provide to “Build a Better San Benito.”
See video of the rally.
Over the past five years, working for San Benito County has become unsustainable for working families. Workers have suffered with furloughs and pension and healthcare takeaways amounting to $11,600 since 2011; have had no wage increases since 2009; and workers’ healthcare costs will increase by an average of 90% next year. This has led to the County becoming known as a “training ground” where people are hired and trained in San Benito—but are fleeing for higher wages and better benefits in neighboring Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.
With news that the county has been forgiven of its $3.5 million debt to the state in ERAF funds, it has little excuse to reinvest in county workers and services. Workers will continue to fight as they head into the last bargaining sessions on September 28 and 29 before their contract expires.
Support San Benito County workers at a vigil scheduled for Monday, Sept. 28 at 5:30pm. See more information here.
Watch a video by San Benito County workers sharing how they struggle to afford working for San Benito County below.