COUNTY WORKERS AUTHORIZE ULP STRIKE

 
Tracey Carter

Unfair Labor Practice strike vote stems from San Diego County’s continued refusal to bargain in good faith

Workers call for mediated bargaining

By TRACEY CARTER
SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Thousands of San Diego County employees voted at more than 60 work sites throughout the County during the past 2 weeks and 90 percent of the employees who voted authorized the Bargaining Team to call an Unfair Labor Practice Strike at any point to protest the County of San Diego’s ongoing violations of California State Law. Violations include the County illegally bargaining repressively and not bargaining in good faith. We want to welcome the more than 110 new members who signed up during the voting.

None of us want to go on strike because of the impact on the residents that we serve, but we will if we have to. We remain hopeful that the County will come to its senses and start bargaining fairly so a strike is not necessary

WHAT’S NEXT: Although the Bargaining Team is now authorized to call a strike, the next step is nonbinding mediation on Aug. 15. If that fails the Bargaining Team will decide if, when and for how long a strike will take place. The team has agreed to give the County of San Diego 10-days’ notice before a strike begins.

Come to the Campaign Action Team meeting from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday Aug. 16 at Marina Village, 1936 Quivera Way, San Diego. We will be making signs and preparing for a ULP strike action.

SEIU Local 221 members hold up ballots and more than 110 new membership cards at Thursday nights vote count where thousands voted and more than 90 percent authorized an unfair labor practice strike.

SEIU Local 221 members hold up ballots and more than 110 new membership cards at Thursday night’s vote count where thousands voted and more than 90 percent authorized an unfair labor practice strike.

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:

  • If you are not a member, join the Union. We must send a message of unity and strength to the County.
  • Participate in unity breaks and worksite actions every Thursday. If you don’t know the plan for your worksite, contact your steward or worksite organizer.
  • For a complete list of information about bargaining and more details go to seiu221.org

 

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