Fairfield, CA – This evening Solano County workers represented by SEIU 1021 overwhelmingly ratified a two-year contract with the County. The ratification vote comes after two unfair labor strikes and four months of negotiations.
The two-year contract term includes 3% wage increases per year, a supplemental employer contribution for family healthcare, and the County’s payment of its full pension obligation starting in 2017. The contract also includes provisions that encourage additional training and continuing education for workers, in addition to equity adjustments.
“We believe it’s fair and begins to address workers’ concerns,” said Akbar Bibb, a Solano County social worker and SEIU 1021 Solano County Chapter President. “We look forward to the Board of Supervisors’ ratification of the contract and for workers to begin to regain all that they have sacrificed during the recession.”
The contract between nearly 1,800 Solano County workers represented by SEIU 1021 and the County expired on September 28th. On October 14 and 15, workers went on an unfair labor practice strike, followed by another unfair labor practice strike on November 17 and 18.
The successor contract goes into effect after the Solano Board of Supervisors’ ratification of the agreement. The Board vote will take place during the Board’s December 8th meeting.
SEIU 1021 Solano County members include social workers, mental health specialists, public health nurses, librarians, Child Support Services specialists, public safety dispatchers, benefits eligibility specialists, and veterans’ services workers.