County Employees Continue Protest --104 Call In Sick

For the fourth consecutive business day, a sickout was staged Tuesday by Los Angeles County employees--this time at the offices of Treasurer-Tax Collector Richard Dixon and Assessor Alexander Pope.

But in sharp contrast to Monday’s work stoppage that forced a shutdown of 11 health clinics and a curtailment of services at 31 others, Tuesday’s sickout involved only 104 mostly clerical employees.

Monday’s one-day sickout involved 2,351 workers--mostly nurses and clerical workers in the health services and welfare departments, county officials said.

The sickouts have involved employees represented by the county’s largest union, Service Employees International Union, Local 660, which has been without a contract since Aug. 31. Bargaining has continued with a state mediator.

Twenty other unions also have been meeting with the county under contract extensions that expire Sept. 30.