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Oakland City Workers Continue Strike


No Outreach From Mayor Libby Schaaf or City Administration to Resume Talks

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly the entirety of the City of Oakland civilian workforce will continue to be on picket lines for a second day, neither Mayor Schaaf or City Administration have asked to resume negotiations. 

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: The Oakland City Council is scheduled to enter into close session for a briefing and discussion of contract negotiations with all of the City's unions. 

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. The City Council will enter into close session at 1PM on Wednesday, December 6th

City Council members and necessary staff will be issued passes so they can cross the picket lines at City Hall and enter the close session. 

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


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SOURCE IFPTE Local 21; SEIU Local 1021

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