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County government union rejects contract proposal

The largest union of Sonoma County government workers on Monday soundly rejected a proposed contract that would have cut their pensions and pay.

Eighty-seven percent of those workers, represented by Service Employees International Local 1021, who voted opposed the proposal.

About 1,200 of the 1,700 workers who would have been covered under the three-year agreement were eligible to vote. Voting began last Tuesday. The union represents about half of the county's 3,400 workers.

Lathe Gill, area director for Local 1021, said the proposed contact "didn't deliver enough on health care."

He also cited cuts to holiday time and pensions for the sweeping rejection.

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