Port of Oakland
When custodians were assigned out of their bidded area more than five times in a month, our union filed a grievance over the violation of Article 6B2 of our contract. Management fought us, but we wouldn’t back down, and eventually we took the issue all the way to arbitration—and won!
Throughout the pandemic, Port of Oakland workers have been pushed to the limit, and they’re fighting back again to win a contract and put a stop to unfair disciplines and chronic understaffing. You can help by signing their petition here.
In a global pandemic, the health and safety of port workers should be the highest priority.
Port of Oakland workers are understaffed and conditions are unsafe. As a result, the airport stays clean and operational by relying on huge amounts of overtime and increasing workloads in ways that are unsafe for workers and cut corners on airport cleanliness.
We are looking for six (6) custodians, ideally, two (2) per shift (Days, Swing, and Grave), who want to continue making our union strong.
The 2023 Custodial Shift Bid meet and confer committee will help determine any changes that need to be made to improve the bidding process and work zones.
When we meet with management, you will receive release time, if you are scheduled to work. There may be some dates/times that you will need to volunteer your time.
You will be responsible for reporting back and collecting information from your coworkers.
Port Management Unprepared for Arbitration
The Port communicated to SEIU that they wanted to settle outstanding grievances before they go before an arbitrator. We meet with the Port on June 6, 2022, with the intention of settlement. As a union, we were prepared!
Our union has met and conferred with Port management, and we’re pleased to announce a new work from home pilot program, a good step forward for better working conditions. If your work can be done from home and if you are interested in this opportunity, request an eligibility form from your supervisor.
Please note: to participate in this program, your address must be correct with HR.
Bargaining Committee Election
Interested in bargaining for our next contract? Then join the Negotiation Team. Worried about missing work while bargaining? Don’t be! SEIU Local 1021 will handle that, while you will be handling the contract.
Port of Oakland Custodians Speak Out About the Understaffing Making the Airport Unsafe for Passengers and Workers
“What do we want? We want to be safe! What do we want? We want YOU safe!”
On Wednesday, April 14, dozens of custodians at Oakland International Airport held an informational picket to call out chronic understaffing that is leaving crucial sanitation work undone and creating unsafe conditions. The custodians picketed and hung a banner over 880 to call attention to the issues they have been facing for more than a year.
Oakland Airport Custodians Bring Their Safety and Staffing Demands Straight to the Boss
“Know one thing: Custodians are essential!”
Custodians are standing together to demand an end to understaffing and improved safety in the workplace at Oakland’s International Airport.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaning high-traffic areas absolutely cannot be compromised on, but understaffing is making that impossible at the airport. As Jo’Ell Thompson, a custodian at the Oakland Airport for ten years, said, “We are cleaning contaminated areas, where people who are known to be infected have been, but we’re understaffed and unable to keep the airport properly cleaned.”
Port of Oakland, SEIU Local 1021 2021 Chapter Board Election
ELECTION NOTICE & METHOD of NOMINATIONS
These elections shall determine Chapter Board Officers as follows:
Chapter Board Officers
- Vice President
- Chief Steward
- COPE Coordinator
The term of office shall be for two (2) years.
In a global pandemic, the health and safety of airport workers should be the highest priority.
But the Port of Oakland custodians are understaffed and conditions are unsafe: areas of the airport are not being properly disinfected, and workers are being injured.
This is unacceptable. We the undersigned demand immediate action from Port of Oakland management so we can have a properly staffed, safe working environment and an airport that is clean and safe for passengers.
Port of Oakland management thinks it’s fair to ask SEIU 1021 members to endure layoffs or up to 16 unpaid furlough days while they sit on more than 70 million dollars in reserves. It’s not fair, and it will make our jobs less safe, and we won’t stand for it.
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