The entire SEIU 721 bargaining team understands this time of uncertainty is extremely stressful as many of our members have questions and concerns regarding Riverside County’s last offer. Legally we are still in active bargaining and negotiations are not open to the general public or media. At this time, the Last, Best and Final Offer (LBFO) is considered in the same manner as any other proposal the county has exchanged across the bargaining table that does not allow for us to post for public viewing. This is one of the main reasons why SEIU 721 demands transparency in keeping bargaining sessions open to members who have a vested interest in the process and why it is so important to come witness the discussions firsthand.
To be clear, there are no final agreements up for ratification that have been approved by the bargaining team. Although the bargaining team was elected by members to represent them at the negotiation table, the team unanimously felt that due to the critical nature of the county’s final offer and the significant long term impacts of any decision, the right thing to do was to take it to the membership for an authorization vote to either accept or reject the offer.
Today, Thursday Nov. 10, in a further show of bad faith and in an attempt to silence the voices of its dedicated employees, the county refused to extend their deadline for a response. The bargaining team believes the Board of Supervisors intends to impose harmful cuts on members and do not want to allow SEIU 721 members a fair opportunity to review the LBFO and let their voices be heard on a decision that may negatively impact the next three years of our lives.
It is imperative that members make every effort to attend the membership meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Moreno Valley Conference Center
, where myself and the SEIU 721 bargaining team will provide a detailed explanation of the county’s final offer before holding an authorization vote. For those unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, every effort is being made to schedule other membership meetings and places to vote along with the two SEIU 721 offices in Riverside and Palm Desert. Please visit this website for updates or call the office (951) 248-4620 for more information.
Wendy Thomas, SEIU 721 Chief Negotiator, 911 Communications Supervisor
Categories: Inland Area