SEIU 221, the union that represents county social service employees, filed a workplace safety complaint against San Diego County after employees at the North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido received multiple threats of gun violence.
The union members allege that the county didn’t follow the safety and security protocol it adopted after the San Bernardino shooting.
“Our facilities are at risk now more than ever,” said Linda Correa, an SEIU 221 member, who does client intake at the North Inland Live Well Center. “The employees are very impacted by what they hear and management and the county doesn’t seem to make it a priority. We serve so many people, so many families, so many children and disabled – it’s a huge concern.”
The North Inland Live Well Center, which opened in September 2015, is a family resource center for people who need health insurance or food assistance, and child welfare services. It also has resources for veterans and meeting spaces for community groups.
The union gathered at least five instances since May in which clients or members of public behaved erratically and threatened to shoot employees and other people in the center.
“Management did not follow protocol in any of these incidents, only one incident was reported to the police,” said SEIU 221 spokesman Adam Ward in an e-mail.