SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – After a week of strikes, workers walking off the job with Service Employees International Union Local 521 on Wednesday targeted the County Government Center in San Jose.

Since last week, social workers, 911 dispatchers and mental and behavioral health workers at several of the county’s Valley Health Center outpatient clinics have been striking to demand higher wages, new contracts and for the county to address allegations of unfair labor practices by the county.

Workers across different departments at the county center in downtown San Jose, including staff in Planning and Development, the District Attorney’s Office and County Assessor’s Office, skipped work to strike Wednesday morning, forming picket lines at 8 a.m. in front of multiple entrances to the building.

“We’re holding our strike line. Workers are standing together in solidarity,” Mullissa Willette, a county government worker and vice president of SEIU Local 521, said Wednesday outside her office building on the picket line. “We want to resolve this. We don’t want to be out here. We want to reach a deal that we can live with.”

County Executive Jeffrey Smith has said previously that it cannot meet the union’s demands, but that the county is willing to negotiate.

Willette said Wednesday that union negotiators were meeting in caucus to come up with a new proposal for the county.

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  1. Emilio Aymat says:

    It goes without saying that if u work for government, u are their slave. U must bend before them and all who are ur superiors . It’s the downfall of a living in society where workers aren’t in control and as long as they JUST think of themselves as “workers”…..they NEVER will be in control. To be in c9ntrol, u cannot have hierarchy, because if u do then u will be controlled and the word government comes from the Latin of “govurnue” which means to society of control and refers to being controlled.