Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department employees on Tuesday ended their unfair labor practice strike outside county offices with picketers, bullhorns and an inflatable rodent on hand.
Employees launched a three-day strike to protest alleged unfair labor practices last Friday, culmination of more than six months of contract negotiations.
The department administers public assistance programs and includes child and adult protective services. County offices were not affected and remained open during the strike.
Service Employees International Union Local No. 1021 represents 1,100 employees, including social workers and employees who help residents sign up for benefits. The union and the county have been unable to come to terms on salary increases and medical benefits for employees.