SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 100 City of Sunnyvale employees will hold a rally today to demand fair wages and hopefully avoid a strike by the Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA). The rally will be held outside of a public "Fact Finding" hearing where both SEA and the City of Sunnyvale must justify their respective bargaining positions. SEA members have gone over five years without receiving a net wage increase, while the cost of living in the Bay Area has soared 14.2% over the same time period. It is incredibly difficult for employees to afford to live in one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation.
SEA represents over 450 employees in areas critical to the City's operation, including the operators of the Water Pollution Control Plant, maintenance and operation of the City's storm-sewer systems, civilian support for police and fire operations as well as building inspectors, and other functions critical to economic development.