Sonoma County government workers rally for new contract

About 200 Sonoma County government workers staged a noon-time rally Tuesday at the county administration building to express their dissatisfaction with the status of contract negotiations.

The event was organized by the Service Employees International Union, Local 1021, the county's largest bargaining unit.

Protesters wore the union's familiar purple colors and stickers that read, "Enough. It's time to get tough." Many were bused in from around the county to attend the event, which coincided with the Board of Supervisors' first meeting after the summer break.

County Administrator Veronica Ferguson said she welcomed the protest, which she acknowledged was a "show of force."

"We want to see our employees at some point expressing their concern and interest in this process," she said.

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