On Tuesday, June 21, Teamsters Local 856 members joined hundreds of Contra Costa County employees as they rallied outside of the Board of Supervisors meeting demanding a solution to the long-standing staffing crisis and a fair contract for workers.
“Our members are fighting for more than a union contract,” said Peter Finn, Teamsters Local 856 Secretary-Treasurer. “They are fighting for the safety of every County employee and to protect the critical services used by the residents of Contra Costa County. It’s time to invest in our communities.”
The rally comes after months of negotiations between County Employees and the County Administration.
According to the County Administrator’s own office, the County has nearly 2,000 unfilled job positions. These vacancies exist across the County and impact services including the public hospital, health clinics, COVID test sites, social services, libraries, courts, public safety, street paving, and environmental quality.
Contra Costa County employees are in a coalition of nine unions representing more than 6,200 workers. Teamsters Local 856 makes up the largest bargaining unit in the coalition with approximately 2,000 union members.
Thank you to everyone who came out in support of the Contra Costa County Employees. We will continue to fight for safe staffing and a fair union contract.