Layoffs have been averted for now, but the L.A. County budget remains on shaky ground.
Without stimulus relief and passage of Prop 15, SEIU 721 members could be facing years of austerity budgets, hiring freezes, and stagnant wages. as the COVID crisis extends for over many more months, the prospect of layoffs could return. We need the HEROES Act and Prop. 15 (Schools and Communities First)!
The Chief Executive Office has confirmed that later this month a supplemental budget will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors that restores hundreds of positions and eliminates the planned October 1 layoffs.
The budget restoration is based on favorable developments at the State level – developments that SEIU locals across California fought for! State funding cuts to the Department of Child Support Services have been restored, eliminating the need for 137 layoffs.
But we are not out of the woods yet – AND WE ARE NOT DONE FIGHTING!
SEIU members are facing the prospect of continued austerity budgets, short staffing, hiring freezes, and very difficult bargaining.
We still need the HEROES Act and Proposition 15 to secure the safety net, protect public services, and maintain good jobs in L.A. County.
So, get ready to fight like our livelihoods depend on it – because they do.
Any financial relief for frontline workers that has been achieved so far we got because we stood up – as frontline workers – at the local, state and federal levels to demand it. The more we unify and take action, the harder it is for the powers that be to ignore us.
Don’t let them call us “heroes” at the start of the year only to give us pink slips at year’s end. Remind them that we kept this nation running during the entire COVID-19 pandemic and still do.
This Fall, we’ll need to fight for every dollar possible to keep our jobs and the public safety net intact – that means we need YOU!
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