UNION CRITICIZES BUTTE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ PAY RAISE - THREATENS POLITICAL ACTION
Posted On: Dec 08, 2015
UPEC HEADQUARTERS– The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to increase their wages by approximately 5%, despite the request of Butte County employees and employee representativestodelaysuchaction.
UPEC Labor Relations Representative Cara James asked the Board again today to forego the increase, a greater increase than the increases that the County has o?ered its employees, including the Skilled TradesUnitwhich UPEC represents. James presenteddocumentationwhichcomparesthe average salary of Road Workers and Board of Supervisor members in ?ve surrounding counties (Lassen, Plumas, Tehama, Yuba and Sutter) to the same positions in Butte County which showed that Road Worker salaries in Butte County on average are 6.5% below those of Road Workers in surrounding counties, while the average salary of a Board of Supervisor member in Butte County is 61% above that of Board of Supervisor members in surrounding counties. James spoke of the disparity between the wages of members of the Butte County Board of Supervisors and the wages of many of the Skilled Trades Unit workers and asked that the Board vote not to accept for themselves a greater wage increase than the increases that have been o?ered to County employees.
Withtoday’svote,UPECannouncedthatitisimperativethattheUnionexploreoptionsfor a ballotmeasuretoreformBoardofSupervisorcompensation(payandbene?ts).“TheBoard’svoteproves that the system is broken, and the Board is not interested in ?xing the problem. This leaves it to us to make sure Butte County workers are treated fairly and to ensure that the system is reformed” said James. “We do not accept that Butte County employees should be part of the working poor.”
According to UPEC Labor Relations Manager Steve Allen, “This is larger than a Union issue. It is a communityissue.Thereisabsolutelynocorrelationbetween theBoardofSupervisorsandwhatstate-wideJudges are paid. Salaries of Board members should be set by Butte County residents not a formula tied to judges so that the Board can dodge citizen input.” Allen stated he was having the matterresearchedtoseeif a referendumoranamendmenttotheCountyCharterwouldbeoptionsforthecitizenstoconsider.
Comparison of average salary of surrounding counties:
Board of Supervisors are 61% above the average.
Road MaintenanceWorkeris 6.5% below the average.
Road Worker Salary
Board of Supervisor Salary
% difference comparing Butte to Surrounding Counties