Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the County’s proposed compensation package?

The County’s most recent offer to AFSCME included a 9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase over a three-year term, a 2 percent equity increase for all classifications, increases in salary, differential pay and other special pays for individual classifications, and increases in longevity pay and vacation accruals. The County’s latest proposal can be found news.smcgov.org

Would County operations continue during a strike?

County management has developed contingency plans to minimize disruptions in services including public safety, social services, health and other services deemed essential. Employees who provide such services may be legally forbidden from striking. Essential services are those whose absence would create a significant and imminent threat to the health and welfare of the public.

What if an employee or member of the public wants to access a County building during a strike but the location is blocked by picketers/striking workers?

Ingress and egress to a public building (and access to a work station) is a right and not a matter which needs to be negotiated with picketing employees. Members of the public and non-striking employees should avoid confrontations and should not invite or engage in any exchanges which might inflame the situation. If a member of the public feels s/he is being harassed or prevented from accessing a public building, the individuals should call/contact Chief Communications Officer Michelle Durand at (650) 363-4153. If an employee feels s/he is being harassed or prevented from working by picketers or striking employees, the employee should notify their manager immediately.

Are represented employees paid during a strike?

Represented employees who come to work receive the same pay and benefits as they normally do. Represented employees who do not come to work will not be paid. Benefits that are affected by the percentage of time worked or which do not accrue during unpaid time may be reduced. There also may be instances where the County’s contribution to benefits is reduced due to unpaid time.

If employees not represented by AFSCME go on strike, do they lose pay and benefits?

Participation in a strike for Non-AFSCME bargaining members is not sanctioned and therefore employees would be considered AWOL (Absent Without Leave) and subject to disciplinary action. Employees who participate in a strike are not paid. Benefits that are affected by the percentage of time worked, or which do not accrue during unpaid time, may be reduced. There also may be instances where the County’s contribution to benefits is reduced due to unpaid time.