SEIU 1021

Maintenance workers, public works employees, & firefighter support staff demand city council invest in Sebastopol

SEIU 1021 member Anthony Drolet demanding that City Council invest in Sebastopol

Tuesday, May 21, the union workers that keep Sebastopol functioning – including maintenance workers, public works employees, and firefighter support staff – confronted City Council, demanding that they invest in Sebastopol. 
“For the last 24 years, I’ve worked to support our city,” said Pattie Murphy, a senior administrative assistant with Sebastopol’s fire and building departments. “It’s important we keep critical services strong and our residents safe. That’s why it’s important we continue to invest – we must be able to recruit and retain qualified staff.” 
“People often don’t think consciously about the water they drink,” said Andy Cerini, a senior water treatment operator. “But making Sebastopol’s water safe is the hard work my fellow public works coworkers and I do every day. Water means fire protection, public health, toiletry, food, and hydration. We must come together to invest in Sebastopol.” 
Sebastopol currently needs $3.2 million to close its deficit in its water and wastewater budgets, rebuild reserves, and finish capital improvement projects. 
In a Press Democrat article last fall, Theresa Jurotich, a consultant for the city, concluded: “If [City Council doesn’t] make any adjustments, the plan will be going negative and stay negative… In a nutshell, something needs to be done.” 

SEIU 1021 members are supporting a plan that would raise water rates, which have remained unchanged for decades, and a sales tax measure that will be on the ballot in November to ensure continuity and quality of Sebastopol’s public services.