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Northern California Blackout Pulls Plug on SEIU Strike

Oct. 10, 2019, 8:05 PM

A massive Northern California blackout prompted some 12,000 Santa Clara County workers to call off a strike against the Silicon Valley county in the first walkout in 40 years.

Concerns over wind-whipped live wires sparking wildfires prompted PG&E Corp. to shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers in Northern California, including businesses and residential customers. That prompted Santa Clara County officials to declare a state of emergency, as the shutoff was expected to affect about 38,250 customers in the county.

Service Employees International Union Local 521 responded Oct. 9 by ending its open-ended strike over cost-of-living and staffing...

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