A union that represents 9,000 Santa Clara County employees,
including 911 dispatchers, announced today that it has reached a tentative
labor agreement with the county.
The announcement by Service Employees International Union Local
521 comes nearly a week after it threatened a strike, citing issues including
required overtime by emergency dispatchers.
The employees will vote on the proposed agreement today and
Thursday, and union leaders are recommending that they approve it, Local 521
"We have reached a tentative agreement!" read an announcement on
the union's website.
County spokeswoman Gwen Mitchell confirmed Wednesday morning that a
tentative deal had been reached and said the target time for ratifying the
contract is 8 p.m. Thursday.
Local 521 also represents public health nurses, hospital
assistants, tax assessors, criminalists and other county employees.
Members voted on Aug. 13 to authorize a strike, and last week
threatened to have 911 emergency dispatchers join the job walk-off.
But County Executive Jeff Smith said dispatchers are essential
public safety workers and that the county would request a court order to
compel them to stay at work.