Kern County Bargaining Update – Nov.17

IMG_0937Our bargaining team met with the County to continue working toward an agreement on Nov. 14. The County presented us with another Last, Best, and Final Offer that addressed the term of the agreement, medical benefits, salary, winter recess, overtime, and sick leave.

After listening to the union’s concerns, the County’s bargaining team agreed to withdraw the offer and go back to the Board and CAO, then meet with us again.  Our ability to keep things moving at the table is based on members in the field showing unity and strength. We need to continue standing together for an agreement that has no takeaways and invests in the services our community needs.

IMG_0897Members also came out in force for the General Membership Meeting on Nov. 15 to vote on giving the bargaining team authority to call a strike. This is a necessary step to ensure we can move quickly if we are unable to reach an agreement. Ballots will be counted by members of our Contract Action Team on Monday, Nov. 20.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The County’s bargaining team will meet with the Board of Supervisors on Dec. 5 to get further direction for bargaining. We will bargain in the afternoon and send an update immediately after bargaining.

Attend one of our upcoming worksite meetings for an in-depth bargaining update. Meetings will be held from Nov. 28 through Dec. 5. The schedule will be posted online and on Facebook next week. Be sure to attend one of these critical meetings.

Our bargaining team wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. Let’s give thanks for our families, our health, and for our continued unity and strength as we march onwards and rise up together for our community.

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