On Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, SEIU 721 Riverside County members overwhelmingly (92%) rejected the County's Last, Best, and Final Offer (LBFO). By voting NO
, members authorized their bargaining team to demand the county resume negotiations through fact finding and mediation, and to call for escalating job actions, up to and including strikes, as necessary.
"Our members have said they are willing to accept furloughs, a two-tiered pension system and to contribute into their own retirement. This vote makes it clear, though, they are not willing to sacrifice fairness or equal treatment. The fact is the current SEIU 721 proposal would provide more than $20 million in savings over the next two years, which exceeds the parameters set by the county, and yet it is still not enough. Members are angry by the county's lack of leadership and failure to negotiate with us in good faith. Enough is Enough." - Wendy Thomas, SEIU 721 Chief Negotiator, 911 Communications Supervisor
NEXT STEPS - TAKE ACTION• Demand County Resume Negotiations• Take Action if County Imposes Terms and Conditions• Initiate Escalating Work Actions• Hold Board of Supervisors Accountable• Win a Fair Contract!
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