Port of Oakland

SEIU 1021
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NEW Custodial Shift Bid Committee Nominations Are Open!

We are looking for six (6) custodians, ideally, two (2) per shift (Days, Swing, and Grave), who want to continue making our union strong.

Under the newly negotiated contract language, the 2024 Shift Bid Committee will begin meeting with management in July. The 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.

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Port of Oakland workers prepare for a strike and get big wins

After years of negotiating and organizing to fight off takeaways, Port of Oakland workers have a new contract! Late in the night of Tuesday, April 4, Port workers and management signed a tentative agreement, which port workers then overwhelmingly voted to accept.

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Tentative Agreement Summary
Between SEIU Local 1021 and the Port of Oakland

Late in the night on Tuesday, April 4, on the eve of our Strike School and Strike Vote sessions, your elected bargaining team came to a comprehensive Tentative Agreement (TA) with the Port of Oakland.

This three-year-and-three-month contract includes solid wage increases, retroactive to the expiration of our last contract, improved disciplinary procedures and job protections, and retains our right to strike.

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Port Management Wants Us To Settle For Low Wages, Unfair Discipline, And NO RIGHT TO STRIKE

To win a fair contract, we need to show management that we’re sticking together and willing to do what it takes. Our elected Bargaining Team is asking every member to come to Strike School and vote YES to authorize a strike, if it becomes necessary.

STRIKE SCHOOL AND STRIKE VOTE

Wednesday, April 5
Alameda Labor Council HQ
7750 Pardee Lane, Suite 110
Oakland, CA 94621

Just minutes from the airport.
Plenty of free parking available.

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As Mediation Continues, PURPLE UP EVERY FRIDAY
February 2023 Union Update

As Mediation Continues, PURPLE UP EVERY FRIDAY

Port management continues to push for takeaways in mediation.

They want to:

  • Force us to accept a no-strike clause
  • Reject our swing shift and graveyard shift differentials
  • Deny us a fair raise as inflation continues to hurt our members
  • Refuse dedicated safety training for Port workers
  • Reduce the rights of custodians to have their bidded shifts

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We need to purple up every Friday to show management that we’re united and we won’t accept these takeaways.

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Custodial Shift Bid Committee Nominations Are Open!
Get Involved to Make Your Union Stronger!

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.

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Winning for Members
Port of Oakland NEW Work From Home Pilot Program Announced

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.

Highlights:

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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.

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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.”