Hundreds of Sacramento County employees walked off the job Tuesday to protest contract negotiations during a Board of Supervisors meeting.
Members of the county’s largest union, United Public Employees Local 1, with about 3,800 employees, have been without a contract for almost eight months, along with most of the county’s other unions.
The local’s executive director, Ted Somera, said the county is making unreasonable demands for higher pension contributions by employees.
The county’s labor relations manager, Robert Bonner, said the county is requesting higher pension payments of all employee groups.
Employees walked off the job at 2 p.m. Tuesday and are expected to return Wednesday. The local has voted to authorize a strike but has no deadline for carrying it out. Somera said the union hopes to reach an agreement with the county before implementing a strike.
Somera estimated the walk-off crowd at about 500. County officials pegged the figure at less than half that. The employees crowded into supervisor chambers and in the adjoining lobby.
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