San Luis Obispo County’s largest public employees union is going to stay the same size. Members of the Trades, Crafts, and Services unit of the San Luis Obispo County Employees’ Association (SLOCEA) failed to garner sufficient votes to splinter off and form a new union.
Those members needed at least 50 percent plus one of the valid votes cast to start a new union, which would have been referred to as the SLO General Employee Association. However, 70 members wanted to stay under the SLOCEA umbrella, 64 wanted to go with SLOGEA, and three voted for no representation. The magic number to create a new union was 70 votes.
“We will try again in a year,” said Michelle Whipple, who was slated to be a union officer had the vote gone SLOGEA’s way.
Asked what the future holds for SLOCEA, which represents about 1,600 county employees, SLOCEA General Manager Kimm Daniels told New Times, “This is it for this issue.”