Contra Costa County
After unanimously rejecting the County’s offer of a three-year take home pay cut, Contra Costa members are prepared to take the contract fight back to the Board of Supervisors throughout May, with a strike authorization vote set to take place on May 22.
Tense negotiations confirm that successfully pressuring the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors to prioritize salary restoration and affordable healthcare will require escalation and increased membership participation by Local 21.
Our Contra Costa chapter successfully executed three member actions in February, including two pickets at Board of Supervisors’ district offices and storming the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers. The actions come at a time when the chapter is still negotiating a contract that expired in June, 2012.
Along with several other County unions, Local 21 filed a writ petition to intervene in the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association’s (ACERA) implementation of pension reform bill AB 340 and clean up bill AB 197 for existing employees. Initially, it sought an injunction to prevent ACERA from excluding certain categories of pay from being used in pension calculations, which it has included in the past, based on the change impairing employees’ vested rights.
Several years ago, Local 21 filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against Contra Costa County for refusing to meet and confer with the union before it consolidated the Office of Emergency Services and the Community Warning System on-call duty rotations and direct dealing with our members.