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.
Authorities asked the public Friday for help in identifying and tracking down a pair of thieves who have carried out a two-week series of bank robberies this month in the San Diego area.
Backers of an initiative that would allow San Diego State University to buy the SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley for campus expansion are scheduled to begin seeking petition signatures Saturday.
An unknown assailant jumped a woman Friday on a walking trail near Gillespie Field airport and choked her nearly into unconsciousness, fleeing when she managed to break free, authorities reported.
The San Diego Gulls allowed power-play and shorthanded goals in the first period and an empty-net goal in the third in a 4-2 loss to the Stockton Heat Friday night at Stockton.
San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent last month despite seasonal cutbacks in leisure and hospitality jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
The San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation on Friday held an awards ceremony to recognize the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep San Diegans safe.
It has been ten years since devastating wildfires swept through San Diego, destroying thousands of structures and affecting so many lives.
From a baby tiger cub to monitor lizards and a macaw, authorities have seized dozens of animals and filed charges against 16 people as part of what they say is the largest wildlife trafficking sweep in Southern California.
Three officer-involved shootings over the past year, including the killing of a man who opened fire at a pool party at a La Jolla apartment complex, were legally justified, District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Friday.