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San Joaquin County, Employee Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

San Joaquin County employees picketed in downtown Stockton in July 2016.

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

San Joaquin County and the union representing 4,500 county employees have reached a tentative agreement on a 3-year contract. This comes after 10 months of negotiations and a 3-day strike.

In July hundreds of workers from public works, welfare, and child protection services, to name a few, walked off their jobs after failing to reach an agreement.

Both sides went to mediation and now the county is offering an $800 one-time payment, a 5 percent increase in the first year and 1 percent in the 3rd year.

SEIU 2010 Field Director Bill Petrone says it’s a good contract considering workers haven’t had any meaningful raises over the last few years.

“They’re glad they have an agreement, they like the one-time money up front and the 5 percent up front,” Petrone says. “We feel our members will overwhelmingly ratify this contract.”

Petrone says union members will vote on the new contract on Tuesday.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio