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Supervisors support $547 million deal for national firm to operate landfill

Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday voiced support for a move that would expand the county’s central landfill by permanently turning over operations to a national solid waste contractor, starting with a 20-year deal with worth an estimated $547 million.

Sonoma County, private operator near $547 million deal to run troubled landfill

The latest solution to Sonoma County’s garbage situation is a 20-year contract worth more than half a billion dollars that would outsource operations of the solid waste system.

It would give control of the county’s troubled 42-year-old central landfill west of Cotati to an Arizona company with $8 billion in annual revenue. But it would keep the site, and the county’s five waste transfer stations, in public ownership.

The proposal is being called the largest public-private business deal in county history and is headed to the Board of Supervisors for the first time Tuesday.

Changes to exempt employees’ pay upset Sonoma County union

A short-lived ceasefire between Sonoma County government and its largest labor union broke down this week over last-minute changes to the pay and benefits proposed for the county’s highest-paid employees.

Decision on Sonoma County contract vote due this week

Attorneys for Sonoma County government’s largest labor union are set to decide early this week if a vote that appeared to approve a new labor contract for the union will stand.

52% of county workers OK contract

Sonoma County government’s largest labor union voted Tuesday by a slim 52 percent majority to approve a proposed labor contract that would balance a short-term salary freeze with future-year wage growth.

County, labor leaders await outcome of contract vote

The outcome of a standoff between Sonoma County’s government and its largest union could be decided today in a contract vote by workers.

Sonoma County says workers who strike may be punished

Sonoma County government administrators have told members of the county’s largest labor union that they could be disciplined if they participate in a planned Feb. 28 strike and the walkout later is found to be unlawful by a state labor board.

County employees make plans for February strike

The largest group of unionized Sonoma County government employees plans to strike next month to protest what it says is county inaction on a union proposal to save taxpayer money and several other issues it says amount to unfair labor practices.

County workers reject contract proposal

The largest union of Sonoma County government workers on Monday soundly rejected a proposed contract that would have cut their pensions and pay. Eighty-three percent of those workers, represented by Service Employees International Local 1021, who voted opposed the proposal.