Online balloting closed last Friday at midnight. The result of the vote is that our Shasta County General Unit members have voted overwhelming to strike. Overwhelming, meaning, it wasn't even close! The strike will begin Monday, May 1st and last two workweeks through Friday, May 12th. Congratulations to our members for stepping up to exercise their right to strike in their effort to negotiate a fair contract!
Members also approved a $50 daily strike payment for members who spend at least 5 hours of a day on the picket line or other activity approved by our Impassee Committee. Nonmembers are encouraged to participate and if they join the Union are also eligible for the payment. Sign your nonmember coworkers up! This affects their pay too!
Now that the vote is approved, strike planning continues in full speed ahead mode! We will be contacting the County to once again attempt to reach agreement on a list of positions who may be restricted from participating in the strike pursuant to case law definitions of "essential worker". The media will be contacted. Our local Labor Council will vote on strike sanctions later this week which will mean that many affiliated Unions such as those providing UPS package delivery (thank you, Teamsters!) will avoid crossing our picket line.
Attached is a flyer that illustrates the situation that led our members to vote to strike. Even with the County's offer, many of our members take a 7% pay cut in light of the recent large increase in medical premium. Our strike position is to demand a 15% pay increase in order to help offset medical and other expense increases caused by the recent runaway inflation we are all experiencing.