The longest strike in Oakland’s recent memory pauses as mediation begins between City Negotiators and SEIU 1021, and IFPTE 21 Returns to the Bargaining Table
Oakland, CA – After today’s first mediation session with City of Oakland negotiators, striking city workers represented by SEIU 1021 and IFPTE 21 announced that they would return to work on Tuesday, December 12th. The unfair labor strike and sympathy strike of municipal workers began last week on December 5th.
Felipe Cuevas, a heavy equipment mechanic and SEIU 1021 City of Oakland chapter president went on to describe developments from this morning, “The City Negotiators wasted a lot of time bargaining in bad faith. We met with David Weinberg, the mediator, and we’re moving forward and continuing talks with City Negotiators with his help. While we didn’t settle a contract tonight, City Negotiators’ have adopted a new tone and demonstrated flexibility and openness to continue negotiations.”
“We’re relieved that City Negotiators have indicated that they are willing to finally sit down and talk through the issues,” said IFPTE 21 Member Waliana Dieu, a criminalist for the City of Oakland. “Tomorrow city workers will be back at work.”
An announcement on the continuation of the strike will be made at a later date.