WEAVERVILLE, CA - Just after dawn today, dozens of Trinity County workers and Local 792 Representatives appeared on the streets of Weaverville carrying strike signs. UPEC staff set up a drop off station for canned goods for the community in front of the County Courthouse.
The strikers chanted and hollered "Fair Contract Now" as the members of the Board of Supervisors and County Administration walked through the line and into the Board meeting at the County Library.
Business Manager Chris Darker addressed the Board of Supervisors in open session with striking employees watching on. "This is the first time in the history of Trinity County its public employees have voted to strike for a fair contract", said Darker. Trinity County General and Skilled trades employees haven't had a raise in 3 years and the County offered no pay raise for a another 3 years. "What kind of offer is that?, asked Darker.
Trinity County pays its lowest paid workers so little that they qualify for the very public assistance programs the County provides to its less fortunate in the County. "The Trinity County pay and benefit plan for these employees is an embarassment and should not have to be supplemented by public assistance programs for its employees to make a living and care for their families!", said Darker.
Trinity Workers will be collecting canned food goods throughout their strike. Additional photos are available in the Photo Gallery.