Retired Contra Costa Water District member and Local 21 leader Bob Langston passed away last month after a brief illness. He worked at the District from 1997 to 2007 as an Administrative Analyst.
On Thursday, August 16 Local 21 presented its analysis of the Port of Oakland’s current finances and fiscal outlook. Local 21 members are currently bargaining a new contract at the Port and are faced with demands for 9% in concessions, despite the Port’s inability to justify concessions given its own improving revenue projections.
After conducting our analysis, we found that the Port’s demands for cuts are entirely unmerited, and that the Port can afford to provide our members with a 3.2% cost of living increase and still meet its financial obligations.
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.