Local 1021’s Hayward chapter represents more than 350 city workers, from librarian assistants, water sanitation and water treatment workers, street maintenance and road crews, crime scene technicians and administrative staff.
The vote means workers have authorized their bargaining team to call a strike at anytime.
This follows one week after Oakland City workers, also represented by Local 1021, voted 95 percent in favor of a strike.
Hayward city employees are currently working with an expired contract, after workers and the city have been locked in contentious negotiations for months.
Union members are currently working without a contract, and while the city continues to demand more cuts from workers in the form of healthcare and retirement concessions. Workers have been good partners in stabilizing the city’s budget, giving back more than $12 million, enough to reduce payrolls by 12 percent.
Workers, citing the city’s own financial records, say there is $50 million that could be used to make workers whole again. Instead, worker’s claim the city is using revenue overflow on unnecessary pet projects.