Oakland Strike Bulletin 12.6.17

Local 21 Strike Bulletin: Day Two

December 6, 2017

 

You can see videos and pictures from the strike on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IFPTELocal21.  Use #OaklandStrike to show your support!

 

THERE WILL BE A STRIKE DAY THREE – STAY STRONG!
Local 21 continues on the dual tracks. First, we continue to make every effort to lend our support in unity with the other city unions to settle the contract as quickly as possible. 

Our second track is to keep the picket lines strong and keep our colleagues from going to work. The stronger our picket lines, the stronger we look to the City Council. It forces them to step in and work with us to settle. We’re trying our best to make Day Three the last day, but it is only when the City Council realizes this won’t end without a fair settlement that they will make a real effort. Stay strong – you’ll be proud!

 

MAYOR SCHAAF CONTINUES TO SPEW ALTERNATIVE FACTS
It is the second day of the strike, and instead of coming to the table to settle the dispute, Mayor Libby Schaaf is busy smearing city employees as greedy and irresponsible. The Mayor made a pathetic plea on TV yesterday, saying, “I can’t agree to give employees money I don’t have.”

We’ve got news for the Mayor: first, it is not her money.  Second, the City of Oakland has a bad record of manipulating numbers by under-projecting revenue and over-projecting expenditures as a dirty trick. For example:

  • The City ended with $58.5 million more revenue than projected in FY 2015-16
  • The City ended with $61.9 million less expenditures than projected in FY 2015-16
  • The City is currently saving $10.7 million dollars from vacant Local 21 positions

We have made the case with both the press and City Council that the union salary proposal is fiscally responsible. She is intentionally not using honest numbers so she can paint a bleaker picture to serve her personal agenda. Local 21’s research has shown that the City can definitely afford the raises we are asking for.

The Mayor is also claiming that she is offering “up to 6% in raises,” but is in truth offering 4% over two years. The formula she claims could generate up to another 2% is rigged so that is will likely generate nothing for workers.

 

LOCAL 21 BARGAINING TEAM AMENDS PROPOSAL IN ALIGNMENT WITH SEIU 1021 AND IBEW 1245’S PROPOSALS

After the City made a new offer to local 21 over email on Monday, Local 21’s Oakland Bargaining team responded by placing our counter on the table: 4% in year one, retro to July, 1 2017, and 4% in year two starting July 1, 2018. Our bargaining team’s proposal is in alignment with SEIU 1021 and IBEW 1245’s proposals.

 

ALAMEDA LABOR COUNCIL SAYS MAYOR SCHAAF DOES NOT DESERVE THEIR ENDORSEMENT
The Alameda Labor Council sent a scathing letter to Mayor Libby Schaaf today expressing support for striking Oakland workers, while letting her know that the anti-union activity she is engaging in has lost her any favor she had with them.

The letter details: “If this is your political belief- that good government means you squeeze all you can from your workforce at the cheapest price- you don’t deserve consideration for any kind of support from our Labor Council. We have a long memory; the losses to our union members if you succeed with your attempt to short them will impact them every year of service going forward. They won’t forget and neither will we.”

 

CITY COUNCIL MET IN CLOSED SESSION TODAY
The City Council met today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. to discuss the strike. Local 21, SEIU 1021, and IBEW 1245 members chanted outside City Hall during the closed session. Local 21 Executive Director Bob Muscat, Alameda Labor Council Executive Secretary Treasurer Josie Camacho, SEIU 1021 Chief Negotiator Rob Szykowny, and SEIU 1021 Oakland Chapter President Felipe Cuevas were present and spoke to the Mayor and Council.  We are waiting to hear the outcome of the Council’s deliberations and were told they will meet again on Thursday.

 

THE STRIKE IS CONTINUING TOMORROW. NOTE THE REVISED START TIMES.

We know that everyone is tired, but we must stay strong. We cannot let up on the picket line. The Mayor is digging her heels in, and we need to stay strong on Day Three of the strike. DO NOT GO TO WORK TOMORROW.

 

Picket locations and the start times for picketing:

Frank Ogawa Plaza Buildings (1, 150, 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza)–7:30am
Police Administration Building (455 7th Street) – 6:30am
Oakland Pubic Library, Main Location (125 14th Street) – 9:00am
Corporation Yard (7101 Edgewater Drive) – 7:30am

*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)