Majority of Sonoma County workers approve union contract, but result unclear

Sonoma County government's largest labor union voted Tuesday by a slim 52 percent majority to approve a proposed labor contract that would balance a short-term salary freeze with future-year wage growth.

But because not all six county bargaining units in Service Employees International Union Local 1021 concurred in the ratification vote, union officials were unclear about its legal outcome.

Lathe Gill, the union's Santa Rosa-based area director, said officials would be reviewing the result with attorneys, a process he said could take "a few days."

The uncertainty has to do with whether the union follows past practice, which required majority approval by all bargaining units, or whether an overall majority is enough to ratify the contract, as dictated by current union bylaws, Gill said.

"The vote was close enough that that is in question," he said.

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