Santa Clara County workers who have been striking since last week are postponing the work stoppage until further notice because of PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff affecting the area.
County employees with Service Employees International Union Local 521 had been striking since Oct. 2 but are back to work Thursday amid the shutoff affecting much of the Bay Area and beyond.
"Our decision to postpone all strike activities was taken out of our concern for public safety and our desire to fully support the needs of the residents who our members serve every single day," SEIU Local 521 chapter president Janet Diaz said in a statement.
The union has accused the county of an unfair labor practice charge, saying the Department of Family and Children's Services was restructured without bargaining with employees.
"Our decision to postpone work stoppage activities does not cancel our unfair labor practices strike," Diaz said. "Our members will remain ready to return to the picket lines at moment's notice."