OAKLAND — After bargaining for the last five months, SEIU Local 1021 and the City of Oakland reached a 2-year tentative agreement in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 4.
“We are glad we came to an agreement after many long days of tense, around the clock negotiations,” said Al Marshall, President of the Oakland Chapter of SEIU Local 1021. “This agreement will continue to give Oakland residents a high level of service while also recognizing the value of its workforce.”
Marshall added that the agreement is a first step to bring public services back to pre-recession levels, but does not accomplish a full financial recovery for members who sacrificed wages and benefits since 2008.
Details on the contract are pending a ratification vote by SEIU 1021 members.
SEIU Local 1021’s Oakland chapter represents more than 1,000 full-time and 2,500 part-time workers, from street and parks maintenance workers, civilian employees in the Oakland Police Department, librarian assistants, housing inspectors, food service workers and educators for at-risk youth.