SANTA CRUZ (BCN) – A strike involving more than 1,600 essential Santa Cruz County workers was averted Monday night, union officials said.
After nearly eight months of negotiations and all-day effort Monday, workers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 521 and the county reached a tentative agreement.
Workers will vote on the deal next week and then it will be approved before the Supervisory Board approves.
“We are incredibly proud to have stood firm throughout our negotiations,” said Veronica Velazquez, president of SEIU Local 521 Santa Cruz County and a social worker. “We strongly believe this agreement is an important step toward meeting the critical recovery needs of our communities and workers.”
Velazquez said the agreement provides a framework to “attract and retain the county’s dedicated essential workers” and “invest in the services our communities need and rely on.”
Union officials said the three-year agreement provides for wage increases, pays for pandemic risk, and will help address staff turnover and high hiring rates.
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