Labor strike averted after county, union reaches tentative agreement

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San Mateo County union workers will no longer go on strike Tuesday after representatives of the union and county reached a tentative contract agreement over the weekend, the union and county announced in a joint statement Monday.

The American Federation of state, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 829, which represents about 1,700 county workers, cancelled the two-day labor strike due to the Memorandum of Understanding. Union members are expected to vote on whether to ratify the agreement this week.

Further details about the agreement were not immediately available. Check back for updates.

The county and union had previously met 25 times over seven months without an agreement. The county was offering the union a 9 percent cost of living adjustment over three years, increased longevity pay and additional increases for classifications substantially behind market-rate pay and/or experiencing worker recruitment and retention issues. Union leadership has called for higher wage increases, saying the proposal doesn’t account for increased health care costs. For more information, the county is offering labor negotiation updates here.

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