BREAKING NEWS: County hires high-price lawyer to file frivolous injunction
By TRACEY CARTER
BREAKING NEWS: Last night we learned that the County, in a desperate move based on fear that workers will vote to authorize a strike, hired an overpaid private law firm to continue its campaign of harassment and intimidation instead of bargaining in good faith.
Instead of focusing on reaching an agreement, the County is wasting taxpayer dollars on frivolous and wasteful legal games. The firm they hired in notorious for repeatedly assisting its clients in taking aggressive actions against working families, resulting in findings of liability and millions of dollars in back pay paid by taxpayers.
Specifically, the County is asking PERB (Public Employee Relations Board) to issue a restraining order against our strike authorization vote and preparations. This is clearly a baseless and frivolous effort — there hasn’t even been a vote cast yet on the Unfair-Labor-Practice strike authorization. The County is clearly afraid that SEIU members will overwhelmingly support an Unfair Labor Practice strike and want to keep us from conducting the vote. This is another page from the County’s playbook: Its goal is to use a disinformation campaign to intimidate our membership and bargaining team.
Our chief negotiator and lead attorney, both of whom have been through dozens and dozens of negotiations, have concluded that this tactic is frivolous and have warned us that more frivolous charges and legal actions are around the corner!
Here is the truth: SEIU members have the absolute legal right to vote on a ULP strike and to participate in a ULP strike, and no County fear tactics, frivolous charges or taxpayer-money guzzling lawyer can take that away from you.
One of the major issues we’ve been bargaining about is how to improve services and safety for everyone, especially the neediest San Diegans. For example, we filed CalOSHA complaints about reports of unsafe conditions at Family Resource Centers.
Members said these were only a small sample of safety issues. If you know of safety issues, report them here.
This is a fight for the very existence of our union and our right to organize, and we aren’t backing down.
We must stand strong, together, and everyone must participate: