The strike started in the early morning darkness of the Juvenile Justice Campus, where workers didn’t report for their shifts starting at 6 a.m. Monday. Instead, they set up tents at two entrances and kept warm by chanting. As the day grew brighter, the two camps came together at the main entrance of the building.
James Geluso is Communications Specialist at SEIU 521. He is based in Bakersfield.
, walked off the job for three days after the county Board of Supervisors imposed a contract while the members were still voting on the board’s last, best and final offer. The workers range from janitors to supervisors. The California Nurses Association, who also had been imposed on by the county, also joined the strike.