Workers at Kern Regional Center have been pushing for a new contract that will help recruit and retain a quality workforce. Management wanted to cut wages and benefits and even threatened to close the office and outsource workers if they didn’t agree. Members at Kern Regional Center pushed back hard and called their bluff. Workers also went above the Regional Center to the State and are bringing pressure from above as well.
At issue are a hiring freeze, workload issues, health benefits, and a management proposal allowing them to modify or eliminate past employment practices. Cutting these benefits at the same time that KRC is getting additional money from the state specifically for salaries and benefits is wrong and hurts many of Kern County’s most vulnerable children. The latest rally featured balloons, signs, and a fired up crowd. The local media came and covered the event too.
Chapter President Maria Salinas thanked her fellow union members for standing up to management and joining the Unity Break. “These type of things would not be possible if we didn’t stand together! A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!”