After months of bargaining and in the face of the County imposing a contract, a last-minute agreement was reached Monday.
Stockton, CA – San Joaquin County and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The Union submitted a new proposal to the County over the weekend, which was accepted and signed by the County Monday morning.
The agreement is subject to final ratification of the full SEIU membership, which will occur on Dec. 1. If it is approved, the contract will expire on June 30, 2013.
“We’re glad we were able to reach agreement with the County,” said Patrick Ikeda, Chapter President of SEIU Local 1021. “We recognize the County’s fiscal position, and we are willing to do our part to help meet the community’s needs. The agreement provides a health premium stipend for many of our lowest paid employees, which was a critical issue for our members. We look forward to implementation so we can continue to provide the many critical services to the communities.”
“We’re very pleased with this agreement as the County has been struggling to provide a truly balanced budget since the start of the recession. This agreement, when implemented, will give the County more tools to reach a balanced budget.” said Cindy Clays, the County’s Human Resources Director.
The terms of the agreement were not released, pending ratification by SEIU’s membership. But Clays said the agreement includes key elements the County needed to achieve in order to address short- and long-term budget concerns, including cost-sharing on health care and retirement, and furlough days.
The County Board of Supervisors will schedule consideration of the agreement, upon ratification by the SEIU membership, sometime in December.
SEIU 1021 represents over 4,500 county employees workers in San Joaquin County. SEIU Local 1021 represents 56,000 employees in local governments and non-profit agencies, health care programs, schools, and social welfare occupations throughout northern California.