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County Employees Declare Impasse in Negotiations

The United Public Employees of California LiUNA Local 792 which represents approximately 1,000 County employees in the County “General Unit” announced that it has reached an impasse in negotiating a new labor contract with Shasta County.

The parties have held several bargaining sessions after beginning negotiations last year. The prior contract expired at the end of December 2022.

• Pay increases are in dispute. When the County was not doing as well financially,
the employees helped the County maintain public services by paying 7% out of
their checks toward retirement. It is not fair that the County did not agree to fully
restore this cut in pay when its budget numbers significantly improved.

• The inflationary rate remains at or above 8%, which has impacted the ability of
the employees to meet the necessary costs of living. Other government
employers and public agencies (e.g., 8.7% increase in 2023 for Social Security and
Veterans Administration) have provided more reasonable pay increases.

• Of particular concern, employees started paying $162/month more for family
medical insurance in January which has hit families hard.

• Employees are asking for a 15% pay increase to help their families deal with these
rising costs. The County is offering 7% over three years. UPEC representatives
will ask the Board of Supervisors to reconsider its offer at upcoming Board
meetings.

Press Release

-from press release

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