After months of media coverage, caravans, petitions, calls and socially distanced protests, our advocacy has forced the Sheriff to abandon the reckless plan to outsource detention staff. The members on the frontlines in the Sheriff’s Department have shown us how to build real union power. This successful campaign, involving thousands of union members taking collective action, reminds us that when we fight, we win.
We will need this same energy, member-leadership and participation next year as we start contract negotiations. When Black, Brown, Asian American Pacific Islander and White workers unite it shows we are truly stronger together. While stopping this process prevents additional threats to lives and public health, the fight is not over.
We are calling on the Sheriff to listen to his constituents and begin to work collaboratively with other departments to create a restorative model of care under Health and Human Services.
The COVID-19 pandemic makes threats like these more dangerous than ever. The only way to stop them is to grow union membership. Sign up a nonunion member, to grow our power and show management we are standing strong. You can sign a membership card online by following this link.