County braces for possible two-day labor strike

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San Mateo County is preparing for the possibility that some union workers may strike tomorrow.

Last week, a three-year labor agreement was ratified between the county and about 800 employees, or 10 of the 11 units representing workers at AFSCME Local 829. The one unit that did not ratify the agreement, the Human Services Unit, may hold a two-day strike March 5 and March 6 if an agreement is not reached.

On Friday, the county said it intends to maintain essential services in the event of a strike.

“Such contingency plans may involve the centralization of certain services on March 5 and 6 with some locations being closed,” the county said. “At this time, the County does not know definitively how many employees will in fact strike or how many facilities may be impacted.”

Information and updates will be posted at news.smcgov.org.

Negotiations have been ongoing since July of last year, and the most recent contract expired in October. A two-day strike was averted earlier this month after the county reached an agreement with most bargaining units. To read more about the ratified agreement, go here.

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