On Thursday August 16th, IFPTE Local 21 presented our detailed “Financial Condition and Budgetary Review” to the Port Board of Commissioners.
After a thorough review of the Port of Oakland’s finances and financial history, we have determined that:
The Port Has Achieved Financial Recovery
Earlier this week, Local 21 member Steve Hernandez was appointed to the City of San Leandro’s Successor Agency Oversight Board, which is responsible for overseeing the City’s activities as it absorbs certain Redevelopment functions.
Local 21 members working for the City of Richmond voted to extend their contract for one year. The group’s MOU was originally set to expire in June, but will be rolled over with all terms, wages, and benefits preserved. Additionally, if SEIU, the other large non-safety unit in the City, negotiates any improvements in their contract Local 21 will automatically get the same improvement. Members also voted to enact a holiday closure for 2012.
Local 21 was saddened to hear about the passing of the Port of Oakland Chapter’s newly elected chapter President, Marcel “Skip” Conrad III (1948 - 2012). Skip lost his courageous battle to pancreatic cancer on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Local 21 extends our condolences to the Conrad family as we honor his valuable leadership and contributions.
February 1 marked the end of redevelopment for 400 cities and counties in California. The transition for employees represented by Local 21 has been smoother in some places than in others. Here is a brief run down:
San Leandro & Hayward
San Leandro is still determining next steps following the dissolution of Redevelopment. The Union is meeting and conferring with Hayward administrators over the impact of layoffs and bumping.
Last week, University of California announced that Richmond’s 120-acre Field Station would be the new site for an extension of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Scheduled to open in 2016, this will mean hundreds of high-paying jobs coming to the City of Richmond.
The Berkeley Unified School District chapter won a significant arbitration case this month. The chapter filed a grievance, which was based on a “me too” clause in the current MOU that the employer was refusing to honor. The clause states that any raise that is given to a bargaining unit in the District would also be given to Local 21.
Save Jobs, Affordable Housing and Economic Development
As you may know, the CA Supreme Court ruled that the measure to abolish redevelopment was legal and that the bill allowing redevelopment programs to continue in exchange for shifting millions of dollars to the state was unconstitutional. Worse, they ruled that redevelopment agencies should wind down their activities by February 1, just days from now.