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County workers' strike authorization vote extended

Posted: November 4, 2013 3:02 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2013 3:02 p.m.

The union representing more than 55,000 Los Angeles County social workers, librarians, nurses and other employees has extended the time for its members to vote on a strike authorization, a union spokesman said Monday.

Negotiations broke down last week between Los Angeles County and the Service Employees International Union Local 721. Union members want a 6 percent raise.

A strike authorization would mean the union membership gives its bargaining committee the authority to escalate action “up to and including a strike” in negotiating a new contract. The old one expired Sept. 30.

County negotiators involved in the talks say the vote is premature.

Members of Local 721 were expected to finish voting on a strike authorization Saturday, but “Because of demand, voting has been extended to Nov. 8,” Local 721 spokesman Ian Thompson said Monday.

The median pay for county workers is around $43,000 a year, according to estimates.
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