Contra Costa County Threatens To Impose Contract On Managers Union

MARTINEZ (KCBS) – Contra Costa County supervisors on Tuesday gave the union representing its management staff one more week to concede to $3 million in cuts, threatening to impose a contract if no compromise was reached by Aug. 16.

The supervisors said Contra Costa cannot afford to prolong negotiations on a contract that expired in March. The union rejected what the city expected to be its final offer.

“The longer we wait to achieve cost savings, the more we will have to cut,” said Supervisor John Gioia. He predicted layoffs and service cuts if the union could not come to terms on a deal.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

Sue Guest, president of the Professional & Technical Engineers Local 21 that represents 800 managerial staffers, insisted the county had other avenues to realize the savings it wanted without concessions from the union.

“It is blatantly apparent to me that sacrifices will not be shared,” she said.

Contra Costa County has not imposed a contract on one of its unions since the 1980s.

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    Wage concellions need to be imposed on UC Bersident and UC Berkeley Chancellor and faculty to share the sacrifices with Californians and students, University of California Berkeley tuition, fee increases are insult. Californians face mortgage defaults, 12% unemployment, pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. University of California shares sacrifices: no layoff or wage concessions for Chancellors, Faculty. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP apply for the positions. If wages are what commit to UC, leave for better paying position.
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    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
    10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
    100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

    (17,000 UC paid employees earn more than $100,000)

    UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing can bridge the public trust gap with reassurances that salaries of Chancellors Faculty reflect depressed California wages.

    The sky will not fall on the 10 campuses with UC’s shared sacrifices.

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      should resd UC President, and UC Berkeley….

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