WEATHER »

County Approves New Union Contract


The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an extended contract with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721, which represents 512 county employees, most of whom are social workers and eligibility workers but also those who work in departments including the Public Defender’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, and Public Health. The new agreement ​— ​effective December 23, 2013 through July 3, 2016 ​— ​will offer the elimination of a freeze on merit step increases for some workers, a 2 percent pay increase starting 12/23, and a one percent pay increase starting in July 2015. Through fiscal year 2015-16, the new contract will cost $2.7 million.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

UCSB Scientist Wins Statistic of the Year

Fully 90.5 percent of plastics ever made have not been recycled.

Jack Hawxhurst Dies

Led Goleta to cityhood and served as mayor and on council.

City Outlines New Homeless Plan After Scrapping ‘Tiny Home’ Idea

Two million dollars in state funds will now go to Cottage, police, and a street outreach team.

The Migrant Caravan and Central American History

Understanding the migrant caravan requires an awareness of Central America's recent history, social scientists say.

Procore Technology Valued at $3 Billion

New financing boost of $75 million ups construction software company.