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Union workers, Santa Clara County fail to reach agreement in mediation talks

Original post made on Dec 21, 2019

After entering into voluntary mediation Oct. 31, Santa Clara County and its union workers have ended discussions without resolving ongoing monthslong negotiations for new contracts.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 21, 2019 at 12:34 pm

>> The union for months has been negotiating with the county for new contracts to include higher wages and promises to fill open positions in understaffed offices and departments throughout the county.

I've been a union member at times in the past, other times not. There is one thing about unions, in general, that I never understood, even when I was a member. And, that is the way unions always talk about everything as if there is some source of unlimited funding that the stingy employer, in this case SCC BofS, is refusing to use.

I think SEIU would have a -lot- more credibility with the general public, including other union members, is if they could logically discuss how the budget is being allocated, and, how that allocation could be better, AND, at the same time, benefit employees (who happen to be SEIU members).

The income part of the budget is very nearly fixed. What shouldn't we be spending on, so that we can afford raises for employees? Talk about it. Talk about changing budget priorities. Show us, the general public, your spreadsheet for how things should look instead of what they are now. SEIU seems to be demanding both pay raises and more staffing overall. I'm sure the Supes would love to do that, but, chances are, -Excel- won't let you do it.

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