SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A union that represents 9,000 Santa Clara County employees, including 911 dispatchers, announced Wednesday that it has reached a tentative labor agreement with the county.

The announcement by Service Employees International Union Local 521 comes nearly a week after it threatened a strike, citing issues including required overtime by emergency dispatchers.

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The employees will vote on the proposed agreement Wednesday and Thursday, and union leaders are recommending that they approve it, Local 521 officials said.

“We have reached a tentative agreement!” read an announcement on the union’s website.

County spokeswoman Gwen Mitchell confirmed this morning that a tentative deal had been reached and said the target time for ratifying the contract is 8 p.m. Thursday.

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Local 521 also represents public health nurses, hospital assistants, tax assessors, criminalists and other county employees.

Members voted on Aug. 13 to authorize a strike, and last week threatened to have 911 emergency dispatchers join the job walk-off.

But County Executive Jeff Smith said dispatchers are essential public safety workers and that the county would request a court order to compel them to stay at work.

Votes on the tentative labor pact are set for Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at the County Government Center in San Jose, union officials said.

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