A group of county employees, including one set to receive a certificate for 10 years of service, abruptly walked out of Tuesday's county Board of Supervisors over an alleged impasse in contract negotiations.
Frederick J. Bryant, who works in the District Attorney's family support division, when called to receive his certificate in open ceremony, stood up and told the board he could not do so because the county has not granted his bargaining unit a raise in years.
Bryant and about 20 others, amid loud hoopla, then walked out of the meeting.
"We have not received a pay raise in 10 years," Bryant said afterward.
County records show differently. Contracts supplied by the county's human resources department show that Bryant's bargaining unit, the technical unit, represented exclusively by the California School Employees Association, last received a 2 percent pay increase in November 1998, followed by a 2 percent increase in May 1999. Prior to those raises, the unit had received a 3 percent raise in April 1994 followed by a 3 percent raise in November 1994.