Solano County workers take on the Board of Supervisors, demanding management “Staff Up Solano County”
On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, Solano County employees confronted the Solano County Board of Supervisors to condemn the mismanagement of services and care that harm the county’s tax-paying residents. Along with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 21, Solano County workers made public comments during the Board of Supervisors meeting, highlighting the vital need to improve county services and care.
Our action resonated with the community we provide services and care. The Reporter newspaper in Vacaville covered our campaign to combat the severe understaffing crisis we face.
“Our coworkers are telling me how retention and recruitment are suffering across Solano County departments,” said Elizabeth Harrison, SEIU Local 1021 Solano County Area Representative on the Executive Board and social worker working for the Solano County Health and Social Services Department, Older and Disabled Adult Services, in the In-Home Supportive Services program. “Surrounding counties and private industries are out-performing Solano with wages, benefits, and working conditions. The pool of applicants is drastically reduced, and good workers are leaving.”
“We’re showing up every day for this community,” SEIU Local 1021 Vice President of Region A (North Central) Akbar Bibb asserted to the Board of Supervisors. “You’re not listening to the community.”
Four hundred forty job positions remain unfilled, forcing Solano County workers to do more with less. When understaffing is that severe, complete and timely services cannot be provided. In order to fully staff public services and provide high-quality care that county tax-paying residents expect, the Solano County Board of Supervisors must attract and retain qualified staff with fair and competitive wages.
Solano County workers are demanding county management show that they value workers’ contributions to the community’s well-being, safety, and future by fairly settling our contract that expires next month.