Courts seek restraining order to halt court employee strike

POSTED: 10:50 AM Nov 19 2013   UPDATED: 9:37 PM Nov 19 2013
REDDING, Calif. -

Shasta County Courts are requesting a temporary restraining order to stop union members from striking.

There is a hearing on the issue at 10:30 a.m.. Tuesday is the second day court clerks and recorders have picketed outside the courthouse in Redding.

On Tuesday the walkout impacted four court departments, delaying three felony trials and one felony preliminary hearing.    Juvenile court will not have any proceedings Tuesday afternoon.

The union members said they have not received a raise in seven years.

On Monday about 90 of the 114 members of the union demonstrated outside the courthouse.
     
The court executive officer said the strike was illegal because the union asked for mediation and that process hadn't even started.

Union negotiator Steve Allen disagreed.   He said the union withdrew its mediation request.  Workers voted to extend the one day strike to a second day.  The court will remain open for business.

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