MODESTO -- It hasn't been smooth sailing for the Obamacare call center that was awarded to Contra Costa County, after Stanislaus County's bid for the center and 200 to 300 jobs came in second in January.
Last week, stalled talks with unions prompted Contra Costa supervisors to table a decision on putting the center either in Concord or Richmond. County officials said demands from unions would cause that county to lose money on operating center, one of three in the state that would help the uninsured obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
Conceivably, Stanislaus could renew its bid for the center if things were to fall apart in the Bay Area county. Kathy Harwell, Community Services Agency director for Stanislaus, said she placed a call after seeing a report last week that Contra Costa had abandoned plans for the center. Harwell said she was told by a Contra Costa department head that the county plans to move forward, despite the news report.