Contra Costa County supervisors on Tuesday extended for one week contentious labor talks with a coalition of its five large public employee unions, putting off a vote to impose a contract. Click here to see full story.
“We have some optimism that we can reach an agreement before the board’s next meeting,” Contra Costa County Administrator David Twa told the board.
The delay came after three hours of emotional public testimony Tuesday from nearly 70 employees who pleaded with the county to return to the bargaining table and help them pay their health insurance costs.
“I live paycheck to paycheck,” said a tearful Cara Moffett, a clerk who makes about $50,000 a year. “I rob Peter to pay Paul every month. I ask that you not impose.”
The county was prepared to declare an impasse and mandate 3.2. percent in across-the-board pay cuts for the coalition’s nearly 4,700 members, almost half of the county’s workforce. Employees would also pay more toward their own pensions.
The concessions would save the county $20 million a year out of a $1.2 billion budget. CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF STORY.