After months of enduring illegal behavior and bad faith bargaining from their employer, Sonoma County workers represented by SEIU Local 1021 voted 98.8% to authorize their bargaining team to call a strike, should one become necessary.
The County has not had a representative with sufficient authority to negotiate at the bargaining table, making it nearly impossible to reach an agreement by the October 31 contract expiration.
SEIU 1021 reluctantly has to conclude that the County has engaged in illegal behavior at the table, including failing to bargain in good faith, refusing to negotiate about the underlying reasons for ongoing cuts and not providing necessary information to negotiate properly.
“This strike authorization vote sends a clear message that workers have had enough of the County’s refusal to meaningfully bargain over issues that matter to us and our community,” said Billy Harville, SEIU 1021 Chapter President for Sonoma County. “We’ve had enough of the County’s illegal behavior at the bargaining table.”
A date for a possible strike has not been set because the workers still hope that the Board of Supervisors will work with SEIU 1021 to resolve their differences.