Oct 26, 2015 12:16 PM by News Staff
More than 100 employees are set to walk off the job Monday, in the first public union employee strike in Butte County.
Butte County officials say employees in the Skilled Trades Unit intend to strike Monday and Tuesday.
The unit is made up of more than 110 employees who primarily provide road maintenance, landfill operations, building maintenance, janitorial services, and other skilled work.
Union leaders say contract negotiations are at an impasse leaving the workers with no other option but to strike.
The county is offering a 3 percent pay raise, which includes contributing to health care costs. The union wants at least a 5 percent pay increase to help cover an increase in the cost of health insurance.
County officials say they are making plans that will keep services running smoothly during the strike, and anticipate limited impacts to public service. However, residents hauling waste to the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility should expect delays because of longer lines.