Oakland Strike Bulletin 12.8.17


Local 21 Strike Bulletin: Day Four

 
December 8, 2017
 

CITY DECLARES IMPASSE WITH SEIU 1021
SEIU 1021 advised us this afternoon that they received an official declaration of impasse from the City.  If SEIU 1021 ends their current strike and enters into the mediation and impasse procedures, weeks could pass before a resolution is reached.
 
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR LOCAL 21?

Local 21’s bargaining team met late Friday afternoon to assess informal discussions with the City and other unions about next steps in bargaining and the strike. IBEW Local 1245, the third union bargaining with the City along with us and SEIU Local 21, broke ranks and reached a settlement that accepted the basic city economic proposal of:

  • 4% retroactive to July 1, 2017
  • 1% guaranteed in January 1, 2019, and an additional 1% based on the original revenue driven formula retro to January 1, 2019

IBEW Local 1245 has around 20 workers with the City of Oakland. IFPTE Local 21 and SEIU 1021 have a combined 3,000 workers with the City of Oakland. We know the legal technicalities of a sympathy strike, impasse, mediation and fact-finding, can be confusing. We are in a sympathy strike because our interests are tied to other city employees. We have more power when we coordinate and support each other.
 
WEEKEND STRIKE STATUS
We are remaining on strike over the weekend. If there is a SEIU 1021 picket at your work site over the weekend, please join them.
 
WE HAVE DECISIONS TO MAKE. WE'D LIKE MEMBER INPUT; PLEASE TAKE THE SURVEY BY SUNDAY AT 4PM
Unless plans change over the weekend, SEIU 1021 is planning on continuing their strike on Monday. The Local 21 Bargaining Team will be meeting this Sunday at 4pm to discuss next steps. We have set up a survey to see how members are feeling.  Although this is not an official vote, taking the enclosed survey will be helpful to the Bargaining Team.

LOCAL 21 MEMBER ALI SCHWARZ HAS OP ED PIECE IN THE EAST BAY EXPRESS
Ali Schwarz, who had to miss her daughter's fourth birthday yesterday to join us on the picket line, penned an op ed piece that was published in the East Bay Times. A special thank you to Ali Schwarz for sharing her story, and Local 21 member Nicole Ferrera for helping get the piece out. Read it here: Opinion: Getting the Shaft From Schaaf
 
LOCAL 21 MEMBERS SHOW COMMITMENT, GRIT, AND SOLIDARITY
We are extraordinarily proud of our Oakland members. Four days is a long time to strike and the serious financial consequences are felt by all of us. We have shown exemplary spirit, and kept up the infectious energy for all four days of the strike.
 
Gerald Bradley, a Public Works Supervisor and Local 21 member, also forwent stand-by pay in addition to losing four days of wages to strike. Stand-by pay is when an employee is on 24-hour call to deal emergency issues like street closures, and is 2.5x regular pay. This is his first time being offered stand-by pay as a Public Works Supervisor, but he sacrificed it to stand in solidarity with us.
 
Local 21 members Simon Russell, Emilio Meno, and Rafael Mandelman participated in a civil disobedience action and risked arrest today, sitting on the intersection of 14th and Broadway in protest of Mayor Libby Schaaf’s disrespect of Oakland city workers. Fortunately, Oakland Police stood in solidarity with us, and did not arrest our brave union brothers.
 
Yesterday, Local 21 member Andrea Turner passed out from dehydration after her third day of chanting and picketing. Bargaining team member Laura Takeshita stayed by her side and made sure she was alright as the paramedics arrived. “She was knocked out cold,” said Laura. “I checked her vitals, pinched her, but she had no response. So I ran to the police on the other side of the plaza and told there was a medical emergency and gave her orange juice and water until she came to.” It was a tense and scary situation, but as Local 21 sister Andrea carried out on a stretcher, she was chanting. Pumping her fist in the air, she shouted “Fight! Fight the power!” You can watch the video of her on our Facebook page here.
 
You can see videos and pictures from the strike on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IFPTELocal21 and our Twitter at www.twitter.com/ifpte21.  Use #OaklandStrike to show your support!