City Employees on Strike!
Talk of the Bay, with Chris Krohn, Tuesday, October 18th, 5-6 PM
on KSQD, 90.7 FM and KSQD.org
They get up early to pick up our garbage and stay late to make sure the sewage flows away from our homes. Many got sick from Covid-19 during the 2-year pandemic because they stayed on the job for us. They are some of our community’s “essential” workers. They are the members of Service Employees International Union, SEIU Local 521, and they are now officially on-strike.
No garbage pick-up, no parking passes sold, no building permits, and no parks and recreation events. The workers walked off their jobs in the city of Santa Cruz at 7am on Monday and they say they aren’t coming back without a contract. This kind of strike has never occurred before in Santa Cruz according to SEIU officials. This week on Talk of the Bay, your host Chris Krohn of the Santa Cruz Political Report, takes a deep dive into what is on the table between city workers and City Manager, Matt Huffaker’s, office. Join us Tuesday at 5pm for an update and in-depth coverage of union solidarity and a city administration slowly melting down because of dissatisfied employees who no longer can afford to live in Surf City on slum city wages. Listen to the show on KSQD 90.7 and KSQD.org Tuesday from 5-6pm.