“The most important thing was that there was miscommunication about the length of the contract,” Smith said. “I worked on the condition that there were four calendar years with four general wage increases – one a year. And the union assumed that four years have been counted since the expiration of its last contract, on June 17, 2019 – not that it would be retro, but that it would be the determination of duration. But late Thursday afternoon, before an agreement was reached, the union agreed that these employees would not take part in a possible strike. The agreement still faces several hurdles before it enters into force, but staff are expected to ratify it and the Supervisors` District Council will approve it at successive meetings in March. If all goes well, the new treaty will come into force on April 1, Smith said. Our negotiating committee, elected by the members, will be ready to work on an agreement that will benefit our employees, our families and our community. “I think there are a lot of reasons, but I think the sum is that when the current contract ended, he had given a history of a very dynamic economy and a lot of spending to expand the county and expand the services we offer,” Smith said. “And in this context, the union and members are expected to have more future revenue than it really will be, because we are heading for a recession. This kind of mixed expectations regarding the concern for the present and the fact that affordability in the community is very difficult, balanced with concerns for the future – which is a little more nebulous, murky and uncertain – leads to challenges in teaching imperatives. And so these challenges tend to recede, so things take a lot longer to be resolved. Landkreis feared that a strike would affect the March 3 primaries – 1,750 permanent employees and additional staff with the Register of Voters are represented by SEIU – and on Wednesday sought a court injunction to ban them from participating.
A union spokesman said details of the agreement would be made available to the public after the vote by members. More than 12,000 public sector employees, represented by SEIU Local 521, were on the brink of a district strike announced on Sunday after nearly a year of ongoing negotiations, during which workers were already on strike in October for the first time in 40 years.