Last week, Riverside County put imposition on the agenda for this Tuesday’s board meeting.
The legality of this move was unclear, as the County is currently under a temporary restraining order barring it from imposing an insulting last, best and final offer.
In fact, there was a hearing in Riverside County Superior Court scheduled for tomorrow, June 26, to determine exactly how long the restraining order could last.
That’s right, the County planned to vote on imposition at the exact same time that a judge was holding a hearing to determine whether it was even legal for them to do so!
However, the planned hearing has been moved from to this Friday, June 29, and the County, perhaps wising up, has delayed the imposition vote.
In short, the County is not expected to vote to impose tomorrow. We do not know yet when they will hold the vote.
As we’ve successfully fought off the County’s unlawful imposition since last fall, the County’s tactics have grown more desperate. It’s no secret that they’ve tried their hardest to discourage SEIU 721 members from participating in union activities, with 30+ unfair labor practice charges pending and overt retaliation already ruled on.
The County’s schedule jockeying serves a similar purpose, causing unnecessary alarm and inadvertently “crying wolf.”
However, SEIU 721 members know that our unity is stronger than the County’s tricks. When we fight, we win!
An example of our strength came last week, when the Press-Enterprise reported that the County’s onerous $40m contract with KPMG might be coming to an end – no doubt because of our union’s continual efforts to highlight this extreme waste of County resources.
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