Yesterday, contract bargaining negotiations between SEIU 721 and L.A. County officially got underway. Your elected bargaining team delivered a strong rebuke to L.A. County negotiators: “Seven percent (over three years) is not enough!”
The rising cost of living is putting the American Dream out of reach for our too many of us. Health care costs are ballooning. Child care and elder costs are, too. Property costs are shooting through the roof and so are rents. Increasingly longer commutes, mass transit fare hikes and gas taxes are taking a toll. Massive student loan debts are crushing the younger generation while older workers worry whether their retirement dollars will stretch enough to meet their future needs.
L.A. County works because we do. We are the workforce that keeps L.A. County clean, healthy and functioning. We deserve a strong contract. But we will get it only if we stand united!
Sheriff’s Deputy Union Reaches Agreement
Our defiant message came in the wake of news that the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) reached a tentative agreement with L.A. County last week. It includes a general salary movement of seven percent over three years.
|Total over three years||7%|
Cost of Living in L.A. County Continues to Rise
SEIU 721 negotiators pointed out that the cost of living in L.A. County is rising faster than any other metropolitan area in the nation. From May of 2017 to May of 2018 – driven by sharply higher prices for housing and gasoline – the cost of living in L.A. County increased by 4.1%. “L.A. County’s ‘general movement’ would mean that our families would be falling behind,” said SEIU 721 Bargaining Policy Chair Linda Dent. “We’re not settling for that. SEIU 721 members are standing united for a fair contract.”
Health Care Costs
Dent also reminded L.A. County negotiators that any agreement would need to cover projected increases in medical premiums. “Cover our health care,” Dent said. “Provide pay raises to keep up with the rising cost of living. These things are basic and your workers deserve them.”
‘STAND UNITED’ Wristbands
Meanwhile, in a show of solidarity, SEIU 721 members have begun wearing “STAND UNITED” wristbands. AND WE’RE NOT TAKING THEM OFF UNTIL WE GET A GOOD CONTRACT!