LOS ANGELES (AP) — A protest by Los Angeles County social workers has ended with seven arrests.

Police tell City News Service that four women and three men were arrested Tuesday as hundreds of striking workers protested outside the county Board of Supervisors meeting.

Officer Sara Faden says the social workers were arrested in a planned act of civil disobedience when they refused to leave the area.

About 3,600 workers from the Department of Children and Family Services went on strike last week after contract talks broke down.

The workers are seeking a retroactive raise and a reduced caseload. They want the county to hire hundreds of new workers.

County Chief Executive Officer William Fujioka says the county has about 250 new employees who'll be ready to go within the next few months.