HAYWARD, CA — City Workers who have lost 17% of their incomes due to imposition earlier this year donated 280 toys at Hayward’s City Council meeting Tuesday night — one toy on behalf of each SEIU 1021 member that works for the city.
The toys are being donated in the name of Doris Rodriquez, a former Hayward City Councilmember, who passed away this week.
“Doris worked tirelessly on behalf of working families and improving the lives of children of Hayward,” said Gil Hesia, President of SEIU Local 1021’s Maintenance Chapter for Hayward.
The toys will be donated to the South Hayward Parish, where Rodriquez was a board member. Several charities — including Salvation Army, Glad Tidings and La Familia — will be distributing the toys to some of South Hayward’s poorest families.
The toys were presented during the public comment period at the Hayward City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Rodriquez stood by SEIU 1021 members and spoke out in several council meetings against the City Council imposing a 17% paycut on its workforce earlier this year. The council voted unanimously in February to impose cuts.
“Since imposition, we understand the hardship of having to go without necessities,” Hesia said.
Join Hayward workers in protest against imposition TONIGHT! Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 PM @777 B St., Hayward, 94541
Today, the Hayward City Council is holding a hearing to impose their own terms and conditions on Hayward’s city workers. The Alameda County Democratic Party, the Alameda Central Labor Council, members of the community and their own employees — all have urged them not to do so.
The Hayward City Council’s move unilaterally forces a one-year contract on their workers instead of finding a framework for an agreement, bypasses the ‘fact-finding process’ as well as rules for collective bargaining.
Assistant City Manager Kelly McAdoo’s claim that the city has made multiple offers that was rejected by union leadership is patently false. If the employer was truly willing to sit down and work with their employees, they had more than 8 months to do it.
A neutral, third party factfinder (similar to a mediator), selected by both the City and Union, concluded that the City of Hayward has the ability to begin wage restoration. Rather than take the 70-page document seriously, the city rejected the recommendations and one day after the report went public, posted the notice of an imposition hearing.
City officials misused the bargaining and factfinding process as a means to an end — to impose a concessionary contract. They distorted labor and financial realities in order to justify a 5% cut to workers’ pay and wages on top of the 12% they already took from workers.
That is a total of a 17% cut in take-home pay for many who are among the city’s lowest paid employees. That additional cut equals several hundred dollars each month and could be a lost home, car or college tuition.
City officials dragged their employees through a time-consuming and ugly labor dispute. Labor, community and political organizations urged the council to do the right thing and get back to the table. On Jan. 8, 2014, the Alameda County Democratic Party passed a resolution urging the City Council to reach a fair agreement with their workforce.
The resolution, submitted by Supervisor Richard Valle, Assemblyman Bill Quirk, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski and State Senator Ellen Corbett, reads in part, ‘the Alameda County Democratic Party stands with the workers in the City of Hayward in the fight for a fair contract and calls on all parties involved in the dispute to reach amicable resolution to this difficult situation through honest negotiations at the bargaining table, and to pursue a solution without resorting to imposition.’
There is room for both wage restoration while also helping the city’s long-term finances. That solution needs to be civilly agreed upon by the city and the union, as proposed in the fact-finding report. The union has offered to accept the report and put it to our members for a vote.
I urge the Mayor and City Council to vote ‘no’ to impose and immediately get back to the table to work on a fair agreement.
SEIU 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, 911 dispatchers and administrative staff.
HAYWARD — A factfinding report from a neutral, third party recommends the City offer employees wage increases over a 3-year contract. Although the report repudiates the city’s ‘last, best and final offer’ — which includes a demand of a 5% cut — late Friday, Feb. 14, the City posted notice of an action item to consider imposition of these terms during their Tuesday, Feb. 18 City Council meeting.
SEIU Local 1021 members and community supporters plan to attend in full force to oppose the imposition and to urge the City Council to work with the framework the factfinding report. Join Hayward workers at 5:30 PM for a rally to oppose imposition! 777 B St., Hayward, CA 94541
City employees and community supporters plan to attend in full force to oppose imposition and to urge the City Council to work with the findings of the fact-finding report. Imposition means unilaterally imposing contract terms on city workers.
“We have tried to work with city officials over and over, but since July 2013, they have refused to meet with us nor move off their original position of ‘no.’ That’s not bargaining,” said John Stead-Mendez, Deputy Director of SEIU Local 1021 and lead negotiator for the Hayward bargaining team. “The report represents a good compromise, which we can accept. We are calling on the city to get back to the table to hash out a fair deal, using this report as a framework.”
Rather than the city’s demand of 5% in concessions, the factfinding report recommends the city begin to restore wages over the life of a three-year contract. Workers have lost 12% in wages and benefits since 2010.
The fact-finder was selected by both parties to examine proposals from both sides during a three-day hearing. The report is a recommendation to the City, but the City still, even after the report was released to both parties 10 days ago, refuses to meet. The union has requested to bargain with the City since July but city management has not responded. SEIU 1021 members are currently working without a contract, which expired on April 30.
The fact-finding panel’s recommended deal includes (p29):
• Year 1 (FY 2014): $750 signing bonus for employees in exchange for the Clerical unit making 20% contributions to dental insurance premiums and 50% contributions to vision insurance premiums.
• Year 2 (FY 2015): 1% raise on July 1, 2014 and an additional 1% raise on January 1, 2015. The panel also recommends the City reduce its maximum contribution to health insurance premiums to the family rate of the fourth-highest plan available through PERS, starting in January 2015.
• Year 3 (FY 2016): 2% raise on July 1, 2015 with an additional 2% raise to be paid in Feb 2016 if the City sees 8% revenue growth from FY 2013-2015 and provided there are no further changes to CalPERS pension actuarial assumptions.
• The panel does not recommend the clerical and maintenance units contribute to retiree health benefits
Key quotes from the report:
The City’s use of ten-year financial projections is misguided, “The Panel has concentrated its focus on the first five years of the City’s 10-year plan due to the inherent unreliability of projections further than five years into the future” (p20).
The City has under-projected revenues, especially property tax revenue, “City Finance Director Tracy Vesely indicated that further unanticipated increases in property tax revenue in FY 2013 were tentatively causing her to upgrade her projection of FY 2014 property tax revenues by $2 million over the 10-year plan. The $2million also would be added in projections for later years” (p21).
Despite some recent equity adjustments, the consequences of concession over the past few years has meant workers’ compensation has trailed behind inflation, “The panel finds that the CPI does not support the City’s position, particularly with regard to maintenance workers, since FY 2013 concessions have actually decreased the employees’ purchasing power despite the appearance on paper that their wages have surpassed inflation. In addition, some employees received small or no equity increases” (p10).
Maintenance and Clerical staff would pay a larger burden than police and fire for retiree medical benefits, “The comparability evidence does not support an employee contribution for retiree medical insurance. In addition, if required of the Maintenance and Clerical units, the police and fire units would be contributing a smaller portion of the normal cost of their retiree medical benefit than these units” (p28).
Linda Reid, longtime permit technician and president of SEIU 1021’s Hayward Chapter, talks to a crowd of workers, community members and labor allies on Aug. 14, 2013, the second day of Hayward’s ULP Strike.
We are here today not just for a livable wage for Hayward city workers, we are here on behalf of all workers who are frustrated by the ever-widening economic disparity between our employers and the workers who actually get the work done. The people at the top who think they can keep squeezing us lower and lower, to where we can’t afford to keep our jobs or to live and raise a family in the community we work.
While Hayward city administrators are doing their best to separate us from the community, to label us as a burden to the taxpayers who should just give up a 17% wage cut, the members of the community see something different.
The residents, business owners and workers of this community understand why we are here.
Jobs and families are fleeing Hayward, and this city has a responsibility to reinvest in the people who make the community thrive. That includes paying and treating workers fairly!
The working people of Hayward are like those throughout the country – we are the economic engine of our community. We are the ones who patron downtown businesses and restaurants, attend nearby schools and colleges.
We see that our struggles are the ones everyone faces: The ability to care for our families without economic fear. We live in fear of losing our jobs, and our employers capitalize on that. We live paycheck to paycheck.
Employers like the City of Hayward are just fine giving six-figures to the top brass and extravagant retirement packages, but when workers just try to defend what they have fought so hard to keep – that is when we all must rise to the occasion to fight back.
Yesterday, during our first day of our strike, many of us had conversations with the people of this community – in coffee shops, restaurants, on the street and in the grocery store.
As employers attempt to pit worker against worker, you might think a bunch of purple people taking over downtown would frustrate those folks who aren’t members of our union.
Instead, I heard stories of frustration with the City, of their lack of vision to turn this community around, that they are glad we are standing up. From a barrista in a coffee shop to a bagger at Luckys to a former city worker who lost her job but came down to support us in her purple SEIU 1021 shirt — they all have a desire for change.
That gives me hope. That should give you all hope, too.
We are leading the way in how the community shapes its future.
Hearing these stories helps to take the sting out of how city administrators are treating us at the bargaining table and during this strike.
We asked them to come down here today to talk with us. As you can see, they declined our offer….
So in closing, I want to remind you as we walk the picket lines and talk with our neighbors, we are not alone.
Along with the community, as union leaders, we also carry a storied history to organize a better future for all working people.
Over the years, workers have been exploited, threatened and have DIED for the right for us to be here today. We stand on the shoulders of giants.
We carry the legacy of working people from the last 150 years who have fought so hard for all of us to have 40-hour weeks, a weekend and safety measures in the workplace, and to stand up when we encounter retaliation and intimidation from our bosses.
We all deserve a job that allows us to live above the poverty line so we can pay the medical bills when our children are sick; put gas in the car so we can get to work, put food on the table and save money for the ever-increasing costs of college and retirement.
And today, we continue to talk with businessowners and residents who support us by putting up “We Support Hayward Workers” signs in their windows and in their cars.
You are a part of a long and distinguished union legacy, an inherited a tradition that we continue today on those picket lines!
Today I want to thank you today for standing up for yourself, your families and for working people everywhere.
“We are in the second day of our Unfair Labor Practice Strike. While we continue to hold our picket lines, we want get back to work for the residents of Hayward,” said Linda Reid, Hayward chapter president. “That’s why we are asking the city’s decision makers – the City Manager and Mayor — to come down here in front of City Hall at 12 noon today to talk with us and get back to the bargaining table.”
Workers and community members, labor allies and anyone who wants to join in the fight for better jobs and fair wages will gather at City Hall today, Aug. 14, at 12 noon where they will then march to the Hayward Library, just a block away. There is a second rally planned at 5 PM. Join us and stand with the hard working men and women who help make the City of Hayward work. The City of Hayward workers’ fight is everyone’s fight.
After seven long months of the city’s delay tactics at the bargaining table, city administrators declared impasse on July 27, effectively forcing workers to strike. The City of Hayward has refused to bargain with its workers, who have already given back more than $7 million – or 12% of their wages — since 2010. This year they are demanding another 5%.
SEIU’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, 911 dispatchers and administrative staff.
Press availability for Tuesday. Aug. 13, 2013
· 12 NOON — City Hall, 777 B Street. Press availability, Call to action to Mayor, City Manager during labor rally. Picket lines held.
· 5 PM — City Hall, 777 B Street. Press availability, labor and community allies join in, picket lines and labor rally.