Inyo County employees take to the street over contract impasse

By Charles James

It was a nice day for picketing as several dozen Inyo County employees let the public know they are not happy with the progress of talks with the County of Inyo after working the last three months without a contract agreement. Many of the cars and big rigs passing through town “honked” their horns and waved support to the union members.

Unable to talk to the press while union negotiations continue with the County of Inyo did not stop three dozen union members that work for the County from using signs to let their feelings be known about how the direction of a new labor contract seems to be going—which appear to be at an impasse.

Several union speakers and local union supporters, including nurses from Northern Inyo Hospital who recently completed a successful contract with the support of the local County union, emphasized the importance of public services that make life in Inyo County safer and manageable.

One sign mentioned an offer of a 1% raise, which obvious has only served to antagonize the County workers who claim that what amount to about a 15-cent an hour increase was insulting.

The purpose of the union members picketing on Main Street was to bring awareness that the unions and the County are in labor contract negotiations and the union would like the public’s support for “livable wages” that at least keep up with inflation.

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10 Responses to Inyo County employees take to the street over contract impasse

  1. Low Inyo January 3, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

    …Now I’m starting to worry….I’m agreeing with “Trouble” again…I do remember the days,back in the late 70’s,80’s and early 90’s when jobs offered free GOOD medical insurance….and paid a good wage to keep their employees working there…not the way it seems to be now…I know of employers in my little town of Lone Pine that DON’T want their long-time employees to remain at their jobs,thinking easier and better to hire new workers at a lower-wage than the long-time ones maybe asking or hoping for a raise…and medical insurance,a joke at those jobs,I can remember in the 80’s,my medical insurance was offered free along with the employment I had there,and also covering my wife 100 %…and profit-sharing along with it…now with trump talking of “ending Obamacare”,and leaving 20 million people without health insurance,I’m actually thinking just MORE lip-service coming from him on his “twitter-account”,we’ll see how that turns out….I know I can’t afford $1,100.00 a month for health insurance,and doubt many more middle-class people can either.

  2. Trouble January 3, 2017 at 8:15 am #

    To me, low wages and corporate power are the two biggest problems we have in our country. Remember when companies used to offer profit sharing and paid for medical insurance. The working class is getting raped by corporate greed, in the name of stock holders.

  3. Low Inyo December 30, 2016 at 6:36 am #

    Kyle….the same way I think about it too….only without the morning and afternoon weed getting me through my in little ole’ Inyo County,won’t effect me in any way,other than when April 15th rolls around and not feeling too bad when I dodge,weave and lie about the money I make so as not to pay much taxes,if any,in the coming 4 years….if he can do it,so can I…..and I will…but not so sure about your last sentence there….not so much that way anymore I don’t think….the election proved that… it seems more “show me the money”,and your in and a (your) President-elect….myself,can’t have any respect for a “man” that was caught on tape saying what he did about women coming off that bus that was captured by the “insider” T.V. show….

  4. Kyle Crowle December 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    Who cares, as long as I get to Wake-N-Bake and afternoon 420 Bake every day, just to kill the pain of my bleeding Hemorrhoids, let them all drown in the Swamp, because the Swamp must be refreshed with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants from time to time, this is America home of the brave, land of the free!

  5. Low Inyo December 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

    …yeah,”drain the swamp”…..the same as trump said he was “going to do”……take a look at who he’s hiring as “aides and advisers”,and you’ll see just ANOTHER lie and pulling the wool over the eyes of those that were fool enough to vote for him,thinking ANYTHING he said to get elected was going to be true fact…no wall….no deportation forces….no prosecuting Hillary… end to Obamacare… registering Muslims…no tax breaks for any other than the ultra-wealthy….no draining of any swamp…..enjoy,trumpsters,enjoy YOUR President.

  6. american760 December 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Drain The Swamp and let Them eat Cake, We already Pay toooo much Taxes and our country is turning into a Communist DictatorshipNo more GMO’s.. No more DMV.. No more Permits and Fees for everything

    • Tbone December 28, 2016 at 9:56 am #

      So basically, you want a giant Somalia here in the US?

    • Charles O. Jones December 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

      Oh the irony in your comment is just too thick to cut with a knife. Glad you at least spelled american with a small “a” though. Fitting.

  7. Inyo Citizen December 27, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    How about some news here instead of a puff piece. Did you reach out to the County to ask for information?

    What types of raises are workers in Inyo County looking at in general? Didn’t these union employees just get huge raises last time around? While we all live here in the real world.

    • joseph riley January 7, 2017 at 12:07 am #

      Just to say about county employees raises your salaries are paid by the cigarette tax that was inscreased on the ballet. Since I smoke this interests me slightly. How do you think the aged of America drawing Social Security feel.. They received no cost of living raise in 2016. And for 2017 it was a bigger insult to only receive 5.00 Per month. so quit your job and let the poor people of California take over who need a job and be thankful you get anything at all. At least the majority wont look you in the eye and lie to you or call it an administrative error (is this to make up for the embezellment at the welfare office) just askin a good old question no insults intended. Have a nice day and remember who you work for. Next time to read what u are voting for I’m sure all or majority of the county employees agreed to the tax so complain to the tax collector of the state who gave chp 10 millon dollars to enforce trafficting of bogus cigarettes into the state. Also petition for cutting the education of our youth. The poor people of ca dont want to hear anymore how you are suffering or how you only get 1%.


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