San Jose workers strike paused as terms sent to city council, labor groups say

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023
SJ city workers strike paused, labor groups say
A planned walkout by San Jose city workers has been suspended on Monday.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A planned walkout by San Jose city workers has been paused on Monday.

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Two unions that represent 4,500 city workers are hitting the pause button - for now - on the 72-hour walkout that was set to begin Tuesday morning.

The labor groups say progress has been made at the bargaining table.

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This latest agreement will head to closed session with the city council Tuesday morning.

The unions represent 4,500 workers in sectors of the airport, housing department and city library.

The workers are calling for better wages, better working conditions and asking the city to address nearly 800 job vacancies.

San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan released the following statement:

"While I support substantial raises for our workers, I will be paying close attention to the Budget Office's projected fiscal impact before voting on the proposal. Signing up for tens of millions of dollars in projected deficits and, therefore, likely future service cuts and layoffs wouldn't be fair to city workers or residents. I won't vote for something today that's going to hurt us tomorrow."

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