When and for how long should we strike? CAT Meeting 8/29

 

By TRACEY CARTER
SEIU LOCAL 221 COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT  

Tracey Carter

All County employees are needed on Aug. 29 at the CAT team meeting. During the meeting, we will discuss and vote on the date and duration of our Unfair Labor Practice strike.

Emergency CAT Team
6 pm Aug. 29
Marina Village, Anchor Room
1936 Quivera Way, San Diego

As you know, the County is forcing us to schedule an Unfair Labor Practice strike by not bargaining in good faith. County management ended mediation last week after three intense days of work by the bargaining team trying to reach a fair agreement. Our bargaining team still stands ready to negotiate a fair contract at any time. From the outset, County Management has refused to bargain in good faith, including failing to provide essential information, imposing unlawful deadlines on the bargaining process and intimidating workers.  The County also has changed workers’ terms and conditions of employment without discussion with them or their representative. From the beginning, the County has had a “take it or leave it” approach to the bargaining process, rejecting without discussion nearly all proposals presented by the workers. Additionally, the County has made worse and worse proposals to employees, which is regressive bargaining – an illegal practice.

All these issues are forcing your Bargaining Team to schedule an Unfair Labor Practice strike. SEIU Local 221 members have made a commitment to give the public 10 days notice prior to striking, which means the strike will be scheduled no earlier than Sept. 6
 

AND KEEP CALLING THE SUPERVISORS!

It is critical that the Board of Supervisors hear directly from San Diego residents. Everyone should have friends, family and neighbors call the Supervisors directly at the numbers listed below. If you want to see a map of Supervisors’ districts, click here. Tell them that it’s time for good faith bargaining and a fair agreement for all San Diego. The Supervisors can avoid a strike if their County team starts bargaining in good faith!

District 1 – Greg Cox – (619) 531-5511
District 2 – Dianne Jacob – (619) 531-5522
District 3 – Kristin Gaspar – (619) 531-5533
District 4 – Ron Roberts – (619) 531-5544
District 5 – Bill Horn – (619) 531-5555
County CAO – Helen Robbins-Meyer – (619) 531-5880

In unity,

Tracey Carter
San Diego County Chapter President

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