Oakland Chapters Call for Strike on Monday, July 1

**Download the Local 21 Oakland Strike Manual**

WHAT: Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21 announced today that it is calling the first strike in its history against the City of Oakland on Monday, July 1. This is a one-day strike.

The union is dismayed by dishonest budget numbers the City is using to under estimate revenue. The City has also refused to enact budget reforms proposed by Local 21 to save millions of dollars and help the City operate more efficiently. Employees, who took a 27% pay hit, are asking for a small cost of living increase to help them catch up.

Over the past five years, Oakland civilian employees agreed to $150 million in wage cuts, developed $20 million in budget efficiencies and streamlining, urged hiring freezes and proposed retirement incentive programs – all for the preservation of core services for Oakland residents during the economic downturn.

In 15 weeks of negotiations the City has failed to engage in meaningful and substantial negotiations that could have avoided the strike.

“Our members are tireless advocates for fiscal responsibility and efficiency because we believe we must all be part of the solution to fix Oakland,” said Local 21 Oakland VP Renee Sykes.

“Now that the recession is over and city coffers are full, the City has not been straight with employees or residents about the budget. They continue to put forward dishonest budget numbers and not engage in substantive and meaningful contract negotiations,” said Union Representative Vickie Carson. “There is enough funding in the city budget to strengthen public safety, expand economic development, restore core services and hire key employees. There is money to help civilian employees who lost 27% of their paycheck purchasing power to begin to recover with a small cost-of-living increase. “

Yesterday the union filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint against the city for failing to negotiate seriously and substantively.

WHEN: Monday, July 1, 2013 from 6 am to 6:30 pm.

WHERE: Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland City Hall 

After nearly 60 years of labor peace in Oakland, the Local 21 Oakland Bargaining Team is calling for a one day City shut down on Monday, July 1.

WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: Monday’s strike is a joint action with SEIU 1021. The picket lines will be friendly and supervised – with a strong and visible demonstration of support for a fair contract.   

HOW IT WORKS:
  1. On Monday, July 1 we are asking all members not to go in to work but instead join a picket line at your work site.
  2. You can sign up for a four hour shift by calling our hotline, 510-451-4635 or emailing the information to Christine Garrett or Subha Varadarajan. Shifts start at 6:30am, 10:30am and 2:30pm. 
  3. When you arrive at the picket line, check in with a Local 21 Captain (look for the green vest) and they will give you an assignment. We will be joined on the picket lines by members of SEIU 1021 and civic and community groups.
  4. Water and snacks will be provided, please bring your own lunch.
  5. We expect it will be very warm Monday so bring a hat.
  6. Getting to the picket may be challenging due to the impending BART strike. Please check Local 21's Facebook page for alternative travel options or find a car pool by going to 511.org
  7. Check Local 21's Facebook page for updates.
THE BOTTOM LINE: 
1. Do not cross the picket line and do not go in to work.
2. Show up to picket and send a message the Mayor and Council: “Enough is Enough!”
 
LEGAL & TECHNICAL:
  • The strike is legal under state labor law. We have a legal team in place to assist and advise us.
  • The City will not pay you for the day while we are out on strike.
  • Since this is a one-day strike, we will return to work on Tuesday, July 2. No additional actions will be taken unless another strike is called by your Bargaining Team.