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Sonoma County court worker strike continues

Sonoma County court clerks, legal assistants and court reporters take part in a strike rally at the Hall of Justice in Santa Rosa, on Thursday, January 19, 2017. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

PAUL PAYNE,

Sonoma County Superior Court employees continued to strike Thursday over stalled contract negotiations.

Clerks, legal process assistants and court reporters picketed outside the Hall of Justice, demanding better pay and working conditions.

The approximately 100 members of Service Workers International Union 1021 make up about half of all court employees.

Their strike, which began Wednesday, has hampered court operations, causing delays in legal proceedings and the closure of some courtrooms.

The employees have been in negotiations for a new, one-year contract since August.

You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 707-568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @ppayne.