In our Saturday editorial, we question why the public isn’t being given more of an opportunity to analyze and offer feedback on this new three-year contract with SEIU Local 1021, which represents about half of the 3,400 county workers. The union is expected to vote on Monday, and, if the contract is approved, the supervisors will be voting on Tuesday. But an analysis of the overall impact on county finances won’t even be available until Tuesday we’re told.
Given how much is riding on this, why isn’t the county giving the public more of a chance to find out whether this contract provides the savings the county needs to get out of its pension/budget problems – or even whether it meets the supervisors’ stated goal of getting a 3 percent overall reduction in payroll costs?
We note there are reasons to be optimistic – particularly concerning the 2.5 percent increased contribution by employees. But given the givebacks on increased health care contributions,nothing can be certain until we see the big-picture analysis. And it won’t help to get the math just before the final vote. If the county doesn’t get it right, three years is a long time to wait.
- Paul Gullixson