In response to Tuesdays 4-1 vote by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to give themselves a $32,000 a year raise, the Public Employees Union, Local 1 is organizing an emergency rally on Nov. 4 to demand fair treatment and respect.
Philip Hu, Assistant General Manager of Local 1, explained that the issue of a 33% raise needs to get out into the community and deserves notoriety to the entire community, not just unions which represent county workers.
He noted that in most cases, county employees received small increases while the Board of Supervisors voted themselves a $32,000 a year raise. Hu explained that employees acted in good faith during a down economy by accepting salary reductions, furloughs, and layoffs, all while they are now paying more into healthcare.
“Part of this (accepting less) was doing it in good faith when times were bad. The Board of Supervisors needs to go back and look at who to make whole first, the employees or themselves?” said Hu. “These leaders looked to enrich themselves first. It’s amazing to me. They are shoving people out of the way and going to the front of the line while putting their hand out first.”
He noted that the pay study the Supervisors used were the same one employees have been trying to use for years but were rejected by Supervisors during negotiations.
During Tuesday’s meeting, it was brought up multiple times why the Board of Supervisors were including the Counties of San Francisco and San Mateo but unions were forced to use Sacramento and other rural counties.
Hu stated that even after listening to the Board discussion about the increase, he called it beyond rationalization.
“It was like a pity party for getting a $32,000 raise. It was like they were looking for justifications about how hard it was to give themselves a raise,” said Hu. “County supervisors are making $97,500 roughly, whether you are below the average of other supervisors, you are still making a nice living. You have people making $9 an hour. Even at 2% at $97,000, it is more than 2% at $9 an hour. This whole thing reeks.”
The Public Employees Union, Local 1 have reached out to other local unions and will take the lead on the rally and hope to gain more support to showcase this raise as unfair to employees who sacrificed.
Hu encourages both county employees and members of the public to voice their opinions and encourage the Board of Supervisors to rescind a 33% increase in salary during the November 4 meeting when the Supervisors will vote to finalize their pay raise.
Flyer Text per Public Employees Union, Local 1
On October 29, 2014, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to give themselves a 33% ($32,000) raise. As justification, the Supervisors pointed to the salaries of other Bay Area Counties, THE SAME ONES THE COUNTY REFUSES TO USE FOR EMPLOYEE PAY STUDIES. The Board ignored public comment and claimed that by putting themselves first, the Supervisors are somehow showing “leadership.”
On November 4, 2014, the Board of Supervisors is set to finalize the vote on their pay raise. WE NEED TO SHOW THEM THAT THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AND THAT WE HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE!
Join your fellow Local 1 members and let’s remind the Supervisors who really does the County’s work and demand the fair treatment and respect that you have EARNED.
WHEN: NOVEMBER 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM
WHERE: 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553