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Union votes to authorize strike

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SEIU Local 1021 Field Rep Patrick Hickey organizing a rally outside the Board of Supervisors chambers as union members vote on whether or not they should strike.

After weeks of rallying with signs and T-shirts reading, “Will strike if provoked,” one of the county’s largest labor unions has voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

SEIU Local 1021 represents about 75% of county government workers, over 800 employees. They do not represent sheriff’s deputies, probation officers, attorneys, and management. Union and county negotiators have been at an impasse without a contract for months.

On Friday night, over 90% of the membership voted to allow negotiating teams to call a strike if the two sides can’t agree on terms.

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Sarah Reith came to Mendocino County in 2008 and worked as a reporter and freelancer, joining KZYX as a community news reporter in 2017. She became the KZYX News Director in March, 2023.