A nearly year-long fight between County administrators and the public employees union UPEC came to an official end on Tuesday as the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new contract with the union.
The union had previously held a five-day strike over what they said were safety issues and wage inequity. Central to the fight was a retirement administration fee charged to rank-and-file workers, but not to some management level employees.
Chris Darker with the United Public Employees of California Local 792, credits the passion of the employees for the new contract which he considers a win for the union.
"I think having so many of them speak to the Board of Supervisors in open session to really give them a personal perspective of where they were coming from and really show that it was a fairness issue," Darker said.
A release sent out by UPEC said the new contract also includes a 3% raise in March of this year, another 3% raise in July, and a 2% raise in 2018.More