The local SEIU 1021 was back out in the streets again on Aug. 17. Members gathered in front of the San Joaquin County Administration Building at 44 N. San Joaquin St. at noon on for a rally, demanding the county’s labor negotiation team head back to the bargaining table with a better contract to offer more than 4,400 employees.
Union members who attended the rally, which was announced this morning, stormed to the sixth floor and parked themselves outside county administrator Monica Nino’s office.
There, union member chanted “2-2-2 just won’t do” and “What do we want? Contracts! When do we want them? Now!”
Nino never appeared, most likely because she and her staff were at lunch.
It has now been 48 days since the union’s most recent contract expired, prompting a three-day strike last month. Union members have since appeared at three San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors meetings and an evening work study session to demand the county fill more than 700 vacant positions, as well as offer a 13 percent wage increase over three years.
The county is offering a 6 percent wage increase over three years.