Friday, December 30, 2016
California state workers strike averted, contract vote January 4-17
State employees in California, SEIU Local 1000, which counts library workers among its 95,000 members, voted to strike in November if a tentative contract agreement was not reached. One has been, and it will be voted on in the upcoming weeks. Main sticking points in negotiations were salary increases, a demand from Gov. Brown that workers pay larger percentage in retirement benefits, civil service reform, and gender pay disparities.