Contra Costa County
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Contra Costa County Equity Adjustment Resources
Bargaining for a new contract for some 1,000 Contra Costa County employees represented by Local 21 began in March. The current three-year agreement expires June 30, 2016.
Local 21 Members are determined to win fair wage increases for the work they perform and build on recent victories, which include successful negotiations last year to have the county pay a fairer share for increases in healthcare premium costs.
As if this hard-charging union organizer and negotiator didn’t have enough on his plate, Jonathan T. Wright, Local 21's lead staff representative in Contra Costa County, is taking on another responsibility: school board member. On Feb. 1, the married, 35-year-old Wright was sworn in as the newest member of the Martinez Unified School District Board. In some ways it’s a post Wright has been groomed for his entire life.
Just three months after wrapping up health care negotiations in coalition with other County unions, full contract bargaining is once again on the horizon. We have already begun early preparations for negotiations, kicking the Local 21 Bargaining Team nominations at our October chapter meeting.
Ten members representing a variety of County departments have since been nominated, including those with prior bargaining experience and a number of members stepping up to serve for the first time. Representing a full team, these members include:
Scott Hutchinson - Sheriff
As the Bargaining Team prepares for contract negotiations in 2016, it will be essential to support their efforts by developing an integrated field campaign that engages members and puts pressure on the County Negotiator to bargain in good faith and address our priorities at the table. This is where member participation and leadership on the Local 21 Contract Action Team (CAT) comes in. The CAT will begin meeting early in the new year to begin planning how we are going to succeed in negotiating a new contract. All dues paying members are encouraged to participate.
Local 21 is currently in settlement discussions with County representatives over an unfair labor practice charge filed against the County with the Public Employee Relations Board. The unfair labor practice charge is derived from the County’s historic abuse of temporary upgrades, with some temporary appointments lasting for years without ever attempting to fill vacant positions on a permanent basis. The County’s practices in this regard have led to violations of the merit rules as well as the erosion of the bargaining unit. As a result, the union filed an unfair labor practice charge that
The Chapter Executive Board is losing another valued and long-term member. Stanley Lawrence, Chapter Secretary, has accepted an exciting new position with the Auditor-Controller’s Office in San Joaquin County and he will be sorely missed.