Of all of the county workers in the state of Oregon, Curry County employees are the lowest paid. In fact, until last year, workers hadn’t seen a raise in nine years—which is why many of them need to work second jobs just to keep food on the table. Any objective person would agree that the County has not made any meaningful movement at the bargaining table that indicates they value their workforce; now, to make matters worse, County Administrator Clark Schroeder is intimidating workers and issuing not-so-veiled threats about workers losing their jobs if they strike.
With their employer openly targeting them, Curry County workers need all the support they can get. Here’s how you can help:
- If you can, please join workers this Sunday, August 19 at 1:30pm at the Curry County Building at 94235 Moore Street in Gold Beach for a unity break. It’s the last mediation session before a possible strike, and a strong show of support would go a long way.
- If you can’t join us on Sunday, join us on the picket line anytime next week 7am-6pm. We’d love to see a friendly face.
- If you can’t join us in Gold Beach, please consider calling the commissioners and telling them to treat their employees with respect and settle a fair contract now. You can reach them at 800-243-1996. It only takes a minute!
In their final offer, the County has offered workers a one-time $1000 bonus. After nearly a decade of stagnating salaries, Curry County workers are not able to take a settlement that sets them up to fall further behind.