Bargaining Update: County Gambling with Workers’ Future

IE_Bingo_230x286.jpg During months of negotiations the SEIU 721 Riverside County bargaining team has remained focused on ensuring members, and the public they serve, are not harmed any further following two consecutive years of reductions in wages, benefits, working hours, and service levels.
Workers have spoken out at the Board of Supervisors meetings and the bargaining table to tell about the impact these cuts have had on their lives and the local economy.
Danny de la Pena
“The county keeps changing the amount of cost savings they are seeking from us. It’s like playing bargaining bingo where they keep calling out different numbers until they can get us to yell BINGO. As a team we have a duty  to make informed decisions based on real numbers to get to a fair contract for our members.”
– Danny de la Peña, Respiratory Therapist and Bargaining Team member
The 721 team acknowledges there are financial difficulties in the county; however, it is time for county management to provide real numbers on the  county’s financial status and the cost savings needed from members to justify the magnitude of cuts they are seeking.  Since both teams have finished presenting and responding to each others initial proposals, now isn’t the time for the county team to continue playing bargaining BINGO with members’ future.
Riverside County Membership Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Moreno Valley Conference Center
More information to follow
Take Action
Attend bargaining. Negotiation sessions are open to all SEIU 721 members to observe.
Next Bargaining dates are:
• Wednesday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bargaining location: County Assessors Office – Box Springs Facility – 6221 Box Springs Blvd. in Riverside, CA, 92508. Please park in the back.
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You can email your questions or comments directly to the SEIU 721 Riverside County bargaining team at
Categories: Inland Area