Oakland Strike Bulletin 12.5.17

Local 21 Strike Bulletin: Day One
December 5, 2017


STRIKE DAY ONE REPORT
Every service except public safety and 911 dispatch was shut down by the first day of the strike. Thousands of City workers participated. You can see videos and pictures from the strike on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IFPTELocal21.
 
LEGALITIES CONCERNS: THIS STRIKE IS LEGAL
It is legal for Local 21 to be on a sympathy strike with SEIU 1021. SEIU 1021’s basis for the strike is the multiple ULPs (Unfair Labor Practices) the City has committed while bargaining with SEIU 1021, not that they are at impasse. The mayor is putting out misinformation to scare people, but it’s not true. This is NOT an illegal strike.

When asked by the press, David Rosenfeld, a UC Berkeley lecturer in labor law who represents SEIU 1021 said, "A public-sector union has a right to strike in this context because I assume there’s no contract in effect and they haven’t reached one. That’s basic public-sector law. I don’t know what the city’s problem is.”  Local 21 attorneys agree; the claim by Mayor Schaaf that the strike was illegal is another disgusting anti-union employer tactic to scare people back to work.
 
CITY COUNCIL IS MEETING TOMORROW. SHOW THEM WE’RE GOING STRONG!
The City Council meets tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. to discuss the strike and to consider the latest union proposals. It is IMPORTANT to come picket tomorrow to have a strong presence when City Council goes in to look at our proposals!
 
THE STRIKE IS CONTINUING TOMORROW
Want a good contract with a fair raise? It is imperative that we stay strong on Day Two of the strike. Do not go to work tomorrow. Strong picket lines are the key to making our voices heard, and making sure our co-workers know not to go into work and undermine our goal of getting a fair contract.
 
Picket locations and the start times for picketing:
Frank Ogawa Plaza Buildings (1, 150, 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza)– 6:30am
Police Administration Building (455 7th Street) – 5:30am
Oakland Pubic Library, Main Location (125 14th Street) – 8:00am
Corporation Yard (7101 Edgewater Drive) – 6:30am
 
*Please report to the Local 21 table set-up at the locations above to get your picket location assignment.  There will be one table set-up for the Frank Ogawa Plaza buildings.
 
If your work location is not listed above, report to the following locations based on your department:
Police Department:  Report to Police Administration Building (455 7th Street)
Recreation Centers:  Report to Frank Ogawa Plaza Buildings
Senior Centers:  Report to Frank Ogawa Plaza Buildings
Public Works:  Report to Corporation Yard (7101 Edgewater Drive)
 
THE CITY HAS A NEW OFFER

 In reaction to the strike deadline, the City made a new offer to Local 21 over email on Monday. The new proposal is identical to the proposal made earlier to SEIU 1021. The offer on wages is: 4% in year one, retro to July 1, 2017 and a revenue driven formula in the last day of the last month in year two that could produce a 1%, 2% raise – or no raise at all in year two. While the 4% year 1 raise and the retro are better than the 2% raise previously on the table, it is still not good enough in year two. The offer must improve.
 
WAS THERE A CHANCE TO AVOID THIS STRIKE?
Yes. Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown had offered his services to informally mediate the situation. On Monday, December 4, it was proposed that the City and Labor accept his offer to mediate the dispute and try to avoid the strike.  Mayor Schaaf declined the offer because she doesn’t trust Mayor Brown, and a rumor coming out of the Mayor’s office indicated she was embarrassed that another former Mayor would have to come to Oakland and clean up her mess. No one wants to be on strike, and the unions have made every effort to avoid one. We hope that the City can come to the unions with a settlement soon so this strike does not have to continue longer than it has to.