Redding, CA – Tonight, Shasta County rank and file employees voted to approve the latest contract offer from the County.
Shasta County employees have gone without a union contract since April 30, 2016 while they have continued contract negotiations and went to impasse late last year. When mediation failed to bring the Union and the County together in October, the Union and the County agreed to have a neutral fact-finder review the issues in dispute. County employees continued to work throughout the negotiations process.
The fact-finders recommendation was released January 15, 2017 and although the union did not get everything they wanted UPEC agreed to recommend it to the membership. However, when the County rejected the fact-finders recommendation, union members voted to strike for 5 days
“We are hopeful that we have struck a deal with the County and our members can move forward without having this issue hanging over their heads”, said UPEC Business Manager Chris Darker.
According to Darker, “Both sides worked hard during the week of the strike to work out a compromise on the open issues. The Union agreed to use current procedures to raise and resolve safety issues, the County asked for and received a longer contract term and the Union accomplished a phase out of the retiree administrative fee so that by 2019 it will no longer be deducted from employee pay checks.”
UPEC will now send the approval to the County and the Board of Supervisors for final approval.