BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 23 January 2012 10:39 PM

Riverside County’s second-largest union is planning a one-day general strike next week to protest the pension and benefit changes imposed on employees last year.

The Service Employees International Union Local 721 put the Riverside County Regional Medical Center on notice Friday that the Jan. 31 work stoppage is planned. The union is expected to file similar notice to the county today for non-medical workers.

The possibility of a strike — even for one day — marks the latest escalation between the union and county management. SEIU Local 721 represents about 5,800 county workers, from clerks to nurses and 911 dispatchers.

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