Oakland is growing fast, and its problems are growing even faster. A lack of affordable housing is pushing working families out of the city and fueling a homelessness crisis. A broken, complaint-based system for fighting illegal dumping has resulted in streets filled with garbage. Meanwhile, Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Council have failed to offer any solutions, refusing to address chronic understaffing and continuing to exploit temporary, part-time workers, relying on them to solve the city’s fulltime problems.
On Wednesday, August 16, City of Oakland workers rallied at City Hall, calling on Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Council to restore public services to Oakland and offer City workers a fair contract. Hundreds of workers showed up to sign an open letter to City leaders and hear speakers from community organizations in support of working people.
“We deserve city leaders who care about services, and the workers who provide those services,” said Oakland Chapter President Felipe Cuevas. To stand with the residents and workers of Oakland, click here to read and sign the open letter and send it to the mayor.