Oakland Strike Bulletin 12.11.17


IFPTE Local 21 Oakland Strike Bulletin: Day 7

December 11, 2017

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WE APPLAUD LOCAL 21 MEMBERS FOR THE TENACITY, SPIRIT, AND DEDICATION SHOWN THESE PAST SEVEN DAYS

We are extraordinarily proud of all Local 21 members who walked the picket lines, refused to cross the lines, and organized their coworkers. Your efforts have made this a historic event; this has been the longest strike that Local 21 has ever participated in. The pressure you built through the strike forced the City to move on several key issues, including wages.

Members really shone through the seven-day strike; Ali Schwarz missed her daughter’s birthday to be on the picket line, and with the help of Nicole Ferrera, placed an op-ed in the East Bay Express offering an Oakland striker’s side of the story.

Members like Cookie Robles-Wong, Sylvia San Miguel, Calvin Hao, Waliana Dieu, Renee Sykes, Laura Takeshita, Kenny Ip, Helena Wong, Jasmine Chan and others, became bona- fide spokespersons and spoke eloquently about our cause to the media.

Mike Munson brought his smoker and home-made BBQ that he fed to his fellow strikers out of his pick-up truck during the strike.

Members like Gerald Bradley missed out on stand-by pay during the holidays, while countless others spent long hours on the picket line chanting, only seeing loved ones and family for a few short hours before showing up the next day as early as 5:30am to keep the picket line going strong.

Andrea Turner passed out from dehydration after her third day on the picket line; she was carried away in a stretcher chanting “Fight the power!” and came back to the picket line the very next day.

Tony Daquipa, our music captain, led other musically inclined members in keeping the picket lines lively with percussion and lively beats.

Bargaining Team members met late into the night and during the weekend to make decisions in reaction to fast-paced developments.

Local 21 members Simon Russell, Emilio Meno, and Rafael Mandelman participated in a civil disobedience action and risked arrest; an hour before they sat on the

intersection of 14thand Broadway, they were in a Local 21 van with Local 21 staff ferociously scribbling phone numbers on their arms to call if they landed in jail.

This was a tough seven days, but Local 21 members have proven ourselves to be stronger than we ever thought, more resilient than we’ve ever been, and more united than the Mayor of Oakland ever thought we could be.

Thank you all for all that you have done these past seven days.

 

SEIU 1021 SUSPENDS UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE STRIKE

Following the announcement that SEIU 1021 has suspended its 7-day Unfair Labor Practice strike, Local 21’s Bargaining Team is officially announcing that the Local 21 Sympathy Strike will end today as well. Local 21 members are asked to return to work on Tuesday, December 12.

 

RETURN TO WORK TOMORROW, TUESDAY, DEC. 12

There should not be any issues when you return to work, but if you encounter any, we have a Local 21 staff person and attorney on call at the Local 21 Strike Hot Line at (415) 914-7371.
 

SEIU 1021’S MEDIATION PROCESS HAS STARTED

SEIU 1021 started mediation with the City today and they felt there was enough progress to ask members to return to work. Their next mediation date is Monday, December 18th.

Mediation means an experienced, outside, independent third party person meets separately with both the employer and union(s), and then brings them together to look for common grounds and a path to settlement.

David Weinberg is the mediator. He is well respected within the labor community. Hopefully, introducing him into this process will mean more productive meetings, and a settlement will be in the close future.
 

LOCAL 21 WILL BE BARGAINING TOMMOROW, TUESDAY, DEC. 12

Wear your Local 21 union swag to work tomorrow to show your continued solidarity with the Bargaining Team.