Over 100 SEIU 721 members staged a march and rally in Santa Maria, demanding that the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors be held accountable for harming residents by unfairly imposing contract terms and conditions on county employees.
The all-day event took place in front of the Betteravia Government Center in Santa Maria.
Earlier this month the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors imposed terms and conditions on SEIU 721 members that reduced the wages of social workers and eligibility workers. On top of that, mandatory 40-hour furloughs have led to severe shortages of services for county residents in the midst of a harsh economic climate, when residents need those services more than ever. Meanwhile, the Board approved salary increases to county executives, who already are among the highest paid county employees.
“The Board is putting the neediest and most vulnerable residents of our
community last while approving approving large pay increases for top
management,” said Eli Alfaro, a social service worker from Lompoc.
SEIU Local 721 members will continue to put pressure on the Board of Supervisors with further actions.
For more information, contact Bridget Shea by email or at 805-650-4433.
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