At the Board of Supervisors on Sept. 24, members showed solidarity with their coworkers who the County is proposing compensation increases for, but said the County must do more. You and your fellow SEIU Local 221 members made these increases possible with years of work demanding a compensation study and equity increases for all workers. This is an admission by County executives that they don’t pay enough to recruit and retain staff, but it doesn’t go far enough.
“We are pleased that the Board of Supervisors took the first steps today toward approval of compensation increases for some critical jobs, including Psych Nurses, Senior Clinical Psychologists and Mental Health Clinicians,” said SEIU Local 221 President David Garcias. “However, there is more work to do to address underfunding of staffing and services.”
Your union is continuing to demand equity increases for all County employees, lifting up and recognizing the value and importance of the services employees bring to our communities every day.
Supervisors seemed responsive to the members testimony, which included a single mother and County employee who signs the public up for benefits but is also eligible for Medi-Cal.
“I agree with Supervisor Fletcher that we not only want to have a pay scale that attracts but that retains,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob said.
By continuing to underpay employees, the County is sending a message that work we do and those we serve are not a priority. That is why your union is continuing to demand equity increases for all County employees, lifting up and recognizing the value and importance of the services employees bring to the County and our communities every single day.