Nearly 1,800 Workers to Strike on Wednesday, October 14th After County Negotiators Walk Away from the Bargaining Table
Fairfield, CA – After three months of bargaining, County negotiators walked away from the bargaining table and shut down the possibility of reaching a contract with nearly 1,800 County workers. The County negotiators continued the course to cause an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike with its largest union.
The 1,800 Solano County workers, represented by SEIU 1021, announced that they are starting with a 1-day ULP strike on Wednesday, October 14th. The announcement comes two weeks after the union filed ULP charges against the County for its illegal behavior at the bargaining table. The charges allege the County has not bargained in good faith and has failed to have a representative with the authority to negotiate at the bargaining table.
Nadeen Roach, who has worked as an Eligibility Benefits Specialist for 20 years, expressed her concern over the County negotiators’ conduct at the table and what it means for community services, “Time and again, we’ve requested the County to address worker and client safety concerns, but the County negotiators have just shut us down. The families and children who rely on us deserve better than that. We’re going on strike for them, to protest the County’s disrespectful, dangerous, and unlawful conduct.”
The County’s conduct at the bargaining table for three months of negotiations have made it impossible to reach an agreement by the 28th of September contract expiration.
In addition to the workers it represents in Solano County, SEIU Local 1021 represents over 54,000 workers throughout Northern California who make our cities, schools, counties and special districts a safe and healthy place to live in and raise families. SEIU 1021 members nurse our sick, educate our children, clean our schools, and care for our seniors and developmentally disabled.