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Public Employees May Strike If Deal Isn’t Struck

A union that represents a Thousand Shasta County employees is crying foul as contract negotiations have stalled. The “General Unit” employees are represented by UPEC, but their contract expired in April. The union says the employees took a 7% cut during the recession in order to maintain public services, but now that the county is doing much better financially, the employees are still making less than they did six years ago. They also say it’s not fair that they have to pay an annual 686 Dollar administrative fee but managers don’t have to pay it.  A mediator with the California Public Employment Relations Board will try to get the county and the union on the same page when they meet next Wednesday. If that doesn’t work, a strike is possible.