SEIU 1021

We did it!

Gayle McLaughlin

Electing three strong progressives to City Council means we finally have representatives who will stand up to Mayor Tom Butt’s bad ideas and misguided priorities.

Claudia Jimenez, Gayle McLaughlin, and Melvin Willis will put working families first and won’t try to balance the budget on City workers’ backs. With our community partners, including ACCE, APEN, IFPTE Local 21, and the Contra Costa County Labor Council, we helped elect these candidates and pass Measure U, a progressive business tax. These wins will make Richmond a better, fairer city.

Our fight for a fair contract isn’t over, though. On November 6, we presented our case to a panel as part of a factfinding process we requested the City go through with us. Both sides expected the hearing to conclude in one day, but the panel has scheduled a second day, which will allow the Union to rebut inaccuracies and inconsistent statements in the City’s presentation. We expect the panel’s report in a few weeks.

Until then, we need all our members to stay strong and united so the Mayor and current City Council know we mean business. Stay tuned for more information and our next chapter meeting.

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