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Out on the picket line with Lane County workers: 'I want to get back to work'

Lane County employees strike, October 18, 2017. (SBG)
Lane County employees strike, October 18, 2017. (SBG)
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EUGENE, Ore. - A union representing half of the workers in Lane County government went on strike Wednesday morning.

Negotiations are scheduled to resume Friday.

KVAL News spoke with Heather Young about why she was out on the picket line.

"Well, I'm a public health nurse here at the county, and I'm out here supporting all of my many union coworkers in our effort for a fair contract," Young said. "We believe we should all be brought up to market value for the work that we do, just like the county administrator and the county commissioners and all the management. I'm out here to support all of us workers in our efforts to get a fair contract for all of the work that we do.

"I know that I have some coworkers for example who are office assistants, single parents, and they are really struggling already," Young said. "This strike will have a major impact on them but they are willing to be out here on the picket line because they know the value of their labor and they want to support our community.

"I want to get back to work as a public health nurse and do my job to keep our community healthy. And that's what I love to do."

LEARN MORE: About the Strike | Impact on County Services

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