FAIRFIELD — Solano County government’s largest employees union says it will go on strike when its contract expires Sept. 28, if a new agreement isn’t reached by then.
Brian Lee of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 informed the county Board of Supervisors of this stance on Tuesday. He also said he hopes a strike can be avoided and that the union would make its last and best offer to the county later that day.
Lee said county staff had engaged in unfair labor practices. He briefly mentioned several examples, among them failure to provide relevant information, doing direct bargaining with members and seeking to dominate the union by telling it to remove the union representative.
County spokesman Stephen Pierce said later that Lee hadn’t provided enough details for him to understand the unfair labor practice charges.
Lee said the strike would be an “unfair labor practices” walkout to inform the public of the situation. Union members could vote on a strike within two weeks, he said.
A crowd of union members packed the chamber. But the mood wasn’t confrontational. Union members presented supervisors with five giant postcards about 2 feet by 3 feet in size, with signatures from the public supporting the employees.
Board Chairwoman Linda Seifert said she usually doesn’t allow the audience to applaud speakers during public comments, but would make an exception for the union members applauding their speakers. Just keep it within reason, she said.
Lee on July 30 told the Board of Supervisors that a strike was possible if no contract had been reached by Sept. 28.
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