Labor Negotiations Remain Stuck

Labor nego­ti­a­tions between the county of Men­do­cino admin­is­tra­tion and the union that rep­re­sents most of its work­ers will move to a fact-finding phase after a state medi­a­tion was unable to resolve their dif­fer­ences. The stick­ing point is a 10-percent pay cut many county employ­ees had taken vol­un­tar­ily for years before the last con­tract signed two years ago, made the cut per­ma­nent. Now that the county’s bud­get has a nearly $9 mil­lion reserve, union mem­bers want the county to restore those wages. For the next phase, the county and SEIU will split the cost of a state fact-finder — an attor­ney expe­ri­enced in mediation.