EUGENE, Ore.-- Hundreds gathered at the First Christian Church Tuesday night for the Lane County workers strike kick-off. The potential strike is scheduled to happen Wednesday morning, unless an agreement is reached before then.
The potential strike is to fight for higher wages for county employees like nurses, office assistants, and waste management staff.
The Lane County Board of Commissioners passed an implementation contract on Tuesday which was an $8.8 million increase from their original contract offer on September 15th.
LaRece Rivera, Lane County American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees president, said she is disappointed in the decision. She said they don’t want to strike, and hope to come to an agreement as soon as possible.
"I'm very disappointed that they didn't take the opportunity to look at the offer that we gave them last night. We made some considerable movement and it's pretty evident that they didn't take the time to actually look at it, before they voted on implementing the contract" Rivera said.
Staff with the county said the changes will go into effect on Saturday.
The county commissioners declined to comment.