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3,000 Oakland City Workers Striking Today


City of Oakland Leaders and Negotiators have refused Pre-Impasse Mediation and Mayor Willie Brown's Offer to Mediate Contract Talks

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Who: Nearly the entirety of the City of Oakland civilian workforce will be on picket lines today after City Negotiators rejected workers' proposal to enter into informal mediation to avert a strike. More than 2,000 workers represented by SEIU 1021 will strike in protest of the City's unfair labor practices, with IBEW 1245 honoring their picket lines. The nearly 1,000 City workers represented by IFPTE 21 will be on sympathy strike.

What: At issue in these negotiations are unfair labor practices, understaffed departments, vacancy and retention problems, health and safety issues for the community caused by a shortage of illegal dumping crews and mandatory overtime for emergency dispatchers, and an increasing reliance on temporary part time employees to service the growing city. 

Where and When: Picket lines will be up throughout the city at 7:00 am, including the Equipment Services Facility at 7101 Edgewater Drive and at Oakland City Hall at Frank Ogawa Plaza

Workers and community advocates will continue to protest in front of Mayor Libby Schaaf's re-election fundraiser hosted by Oakland's top developers and property owners that evening at 5:30-7:30pm at The Law Offices of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean 1111 Broadway #2400, Oakland, CA.

To learn more about the issues facing Oakland's residents and city workers visit or on Facebook at @LibbySchaafsOakland. 


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