As reported in the Connection newspapers, essential county employees are calling on Fairfax County to pass a meaningful collective bargaining ordinance that will ensure a seat at the table for frontline workers to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe.
The newspaper reports:
“Tammie Wondong Ware, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 512, urged that Fairfax County adopts a collective bargaining ordinance that provides bargaining over wages, benefits, and working conditions, especially in light of COVID-19. She said that workers are concerned about workplace health and safety, workloads, career advancement, and equity.
“We need a real voice and a seat at the table,” she said.
“Regarding the number of bargaining units, Ware said one for general county employees, one for uniform Fire and Rescue employees, and one for police officers. She said they believed a separate ordinance would cover school board employees.
“Ware noted that a limited number of bargain units would create a more manageable union election and collective bargaining process. She urged that the bargaining unit include workers who may be more senior but do not have hiring and firing authority.
“Ware maintained that the County should adopt mail ballots, and once the bargaining representative is certified, the representative should have access to county employees for representation purposes.”