And union members’ hard work and advocacy made a difference!
The BoS increased the proposed raise for general county workers from 1.29 % to 2.29% ! That is a direct result of union members’ phone calls, emails and presence at the budget hearing!
We also stopped cuts to our jobs and to vital public services. We kept two senior centers open, we saved dozens of library and park jobs and much more, but most of all, we ended Ed Long’s attempts to limit employee compensation increases to 2% or less per year. This paves the way for union members to have real talks on an official compensation plan for S-scale general county workers!
But there is more work to be done. The markup budget falls short of being a great budget. The raise doesn’t do enough to catch us up after years without raises. The budget doesn’t fill the 1,000+ open positions. And the budget doesn’t address the needs in Family Services, Community Services Board and across the county.
The Board of Supervisors will adopt the final budget on April 29.
Here is how you can get involved and help hold the Board accountable for the rest of this budget cycle and through our pay plan talks with them:
1) Join Budget Watch: On May 12, union members will host the next Budget Watch Dinner at the union office from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to discuss what comes next in the fight for quality jobs and quality public services. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Let your co-workers know about the power of advocating together and encourage them to join you in your union. Unions do make a difference. Take a few minutes to talk to your friends about the great work we are achieving together and encourage them to stand with you as you work to build a strong pay plan for all general county employees. If they share our values, ask them to complete our membership card application to join.