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Superior Court Clerks Agree to Mediation, Strike Continues

A possible solution to the Santa Clara County Superior Court employees strike is in the works.

The Superior Court Professional Employees Association confirmed on Wednesday its negotiation team has agreed to work toward mediation with court management.

NBC Bay Area reported exclusively Monday management had suggested third-party mediation to settle the strike over wages and staffing, which began one week ago.

The union told NBC Bay Area it agreed to help pick a mediator but only if there were an indication and belief it could achieve the goal of a pay raise in the second year of the proposed contract.

County management has offered basically a 9.5-percent raise with what it called a 15 percent gross raise over two years.

The union rejected that offer.

The 380-member union walked out last Wednesday and many attorneys and members of the public have said the courtrooms are 'chaotic.'

NBC Bay Area has reported on numerous delays in all court business including slowdown in traffic court and inmates not being transported to court dates.

Union officials say the work shutdown will continue until the contract situation is resolved.

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