EL CENTRO -- Members of the Imperial County Deputy District Attorneys Association returned to work Wednesday morning after six days on strike.

The decision to return to work came after both it and county District Attorney Gilbert Otero rejected proposals that county officials had submitted to them on Tuesday.

The county's proposals were aimed at helping address the DA's Office's recruitment and retention issues, which ICDDAA members attribute to a low pay rate for experienced prosecutors.

The ICDDAA had gone on strike to call attention to what it said was the county's bad faith bargaining practices and the county's refusal to consider a three-year contract that included compensation benefits greater than a 2.2 annual pay hike.

The county's contract proposal to members of ICDDAA represents a compensation level that is appropriate considering its current financial constraints, county officials have said.

Read more about the labor dispute in Thursday's edition of the IV Press.

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