SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Santa Clara County officials said most county facilities have stayed open Wednesday to provide services amid a strike by county workers with Service Employees International Union Local 521.
Workers have been picketing at several locations, including the Social Services Agency’s San Jose Family Resource Center.READ MORE: Passenger Killed In Crash On Highway 680 In Milpitas; Driver Arrested For DUI
According to the county, Roads Department services such as current pavement repair may be limited or temporarily delayed, and Child Support Services return calls and in-person customer service response times might be longer.
A full list of services affected by the strike can be found at www.sccgov.org/strikeupdate.
SEIU members make up about half of the county’s 22,000 employees, and the union has accused the county of unfair labor practices, such as restructuring of the Department of Family and Children’s Services without bargaining with employees.READ MORE: Optimism Soaring In San Francisco Bay Area As COVID Pandemic Woes And Worries Ease
SEIU Local 521’s contract with Santa Clara County expired on June 16 and the union said there is no end date currently announced for the strike.
The county said it has offered union employees a proposal that includes a 3 percent general wage increase each year for five years.
County Executive Jeffrey Smith said in a news release Wednesday that the two sides have “a difference of opinion” on the projection of revenue in the future.
“The union has focused on recent revenue trends that were stronger, but future revenues are not expected to be nearly as strong,” Smith said.MORE NEWS: 'This Is Not Just Any Usual Recovery': Economist Explains Rash Of Price Hikes, Product Shortages
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