After a one-day strike, 3,500 Oakland workers leave picket lines and head back to work, with city services up to full operation by Tuesday morning.
Oakland — City of Oakland workers, represented by SEIU 1021 and IFTPE 21, are shutting down their picket lines and are returning to work.
“Today we took our struggle to the streets with a successful one-day strike intended to draw the public’s attention to the City’s inaction,” Pete Castelli, SEIU 1021’s Lead Negotiator for the Oakland contract. “We hope that the administration and Mayor Jean Quan got the message and will come to bargaining on July 9 ready to settle a fair, no-concessions contract that bolsters much-needed services and treats workers with respect.”
Mayor Jean Quan has told the media that SEIU 1021 met with the city negotiators this past Friday and that the city put proposals on the table, offering workers a raise, which is simply untrue, Castelli said.
After bargaining Wednesday and Thursday, Castelli, who is also the Executive Director of SEIU 1021, says nothing of substance was put on the table by the city, then Quan makes a disingenuous offer to bargain through the weekend. This is simply to mask three months of bad faith bargaining.
CONTACT: Anna Bakalis, SEIU 1021 (510) 387-5341