More than half of Hemet’s city employees appeared at the Tuesday, Nov. 10, city council meeting to plead for a wage increase. Workers, who are members of the Service Employees International Union, Local 721, have not had a cost of living adjustment since 2006. Now more than ever, with many having to do double or triple duty due to pandemic-related layoffs, employees said they are feeling frustrated and unappreciated. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person participation is limited inside the council chamber and the building’s lobby to maintain required social distancing. While about a dozen union members chose to make public comments, limited to two minutes each, many others gathered around a computer tablet set up on a truck’s tailgate in the parking lot to watch the proceedings.