Strike Will Disrupt Services In Trinity County

Trinity County administrators say a strike being conducted by some unionized county employees is not legal. UPEC Local 792 says the six day strike that started Monday follows a breakdown in contract negotiations between county administrators and workers in the solid waste, child support, health and human services, transportation, and other departments.  However the county says a meeting between both sides’ bargaining representatives was set for last Thursday until the union asked that it be rescheduled. In the eyes of the county that means contract negotiations were underway and therefore the strike is illegal. They say they’re considering filing a grievance with the Public Employees Relations Board. Both sides acknowledge they were at an impasse when union members staged a 2-day strike in December. This time they’ll be off all week. The absence will be felt by the public with the loss of garbage pickup and other county services. Specifics on disruptions can be found on the county website at trintycounty.org