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County Workers Approve Contract Extension, Two Percent Pay Raise

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An overwhelming majority of employees of the county of San Diego voted to ratify a two-year extension of their union contract that includes a modest pay raise, it was announced today.

Of about 10,000 members of the Service Employees International Union Local 221 who cast ballots, 89 percent approved of the deal with its 2 percent boost in wages.

The agreement with the county gives members the pay raise in 2010 and a 5 percent hike in their health care flex credit in 2010 and 2011.

The current contract with the union, which represents most of the county workforce of about 17,000 employees, was due to expire at the end of June.

"Our members felt that due to the harsh economic realities the country is facing, the most prudent approach was to extend our contract," said Sharon-Frances Moore, the president of the local.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to approve the extension on Tuesday.

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