I believe I am a pretty typical employee of the County of Orange, and I would like to express my feelings about the stagnated contract negotiations that have dragged on almost three months past the expiration of our old contract.
I work for the Probation Department, and I am a member of Orange County Employees Assn. I am a loyal, dedicated, hard-working public servant, who puts his heart and soul into his work. As such I feel hurt and betrayed by the top management of the county, and I am growing increasingly bitter and angry toward them.
My professionalism and sense of duty to the public have helped me keep these feelings to myself and out of my work. So far I have no interest in striking or participating in any kind of "job action" that will impact the vital service we provide to the public. Still, I am frustrated by the lack of options available to us as a bargaining unit.
The county's position has been both unbelievable and untenable. Initially, they said they didn't have enough money for raises. The only way this could be true, with such an obviously affluent tax base, was for there to be serious mismanagement at the top.