On the heels of our powerful strike last week we immediately made the request for the County to return to the bargaining table and negotiate. They refused.
Not only did they refuse to return to table, they also denied our request for mediation through a neutral party to help us hammer out a fair agreement.
What did the County opt to do instead? The Board of Supervisors went ahead and unanimously approved an agreement that gives the County leeway to spend up to $7 million to contract more replacement (scab) health care workers! That’s on top of the $1.6 million they already spent on health care workers during last week’s strike.
Make no mistake — we will be vigilant and continue to file charges every time the County violates labor law by refusing to bargain in good faith.
The stakes are even higher now and it’s imperative that we stay united and alert. So far, the County has 19 charges against it and there’s no telling how far they’re willing to go.
Do not hesitate to call your WSO if something doesn’t seem right in your workplace. If you are interviewed by management, you have Weingarten rights! You do not have to talk in an investigatory interview without a union rep present.