Hayward settles dispute with SEIU over illegal wage cuts, will repay workers $2 million

The Hayward City Council’s decision in 2014 to place an across the board 5 percent wage cut on over 300 of its city employees, roiled the labor movement and for years poisoned the relationship between City Hall and its workers. But the controversial imposition was later deemed illegal by the state Personnel Employment Relations Board (PERB).

Following an appeal by the city, a highly contentious chapter in Hayward politics appears to be over after the Hayward officials agreed last month to repay $2 million in lost wages and benefits to workers represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021.

A PERB report in December 2015 determined that Hayward city leaders did not engage in good-faith negotiations with SEIU Local 1021 representatives before unilaterally reducing city workers’ pay by five percent, an average of $400 a month in lost wages for some workers. Over the previous four years, SEIU workers had agreed to a cumulative 12 percent reduction in wages and benefits.

It was really important to me to resolve this matter.-Hayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo

Councilmembers and then-Hayward City Manager Fran David repeatedly argued that without the cuts the city would struggle to maintain services and current staffing levels. “If we don’t save now, we put your benefits at risk,” Councilmember Al Mendall said in February 2014.

The city later appealed the decision in April 2016 while SEIU representatives publicly pleaded not to reopen the still healing wounds following the imposition battles that included a three-day strike by workers prior to the imposition in August 2013.

“Getting to this settlement required a long process, but our members never wavered in

their demand for fairness, and we are proud that they will finally recoup their losses,” SEIU Local 1021 Executive Director John Stead-Mendez, said in a statement.

Hayward impostion vote
Former Councilmember Marvin Peixoto smiling for the camera just before voting for imposition in February 2014.

Pending complaints previously scheduled to be heard by PERB have been dropped by both parties. SEIU Local 1021 leadership approved the agreement on Nov. 15 and the City Council did the same during a closed session meeting last Nov. 27. The city admits no wrong doing in the matter.

“It was really important to me to resolve this matter,” said Hayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo. “Our employees provide outstanding essential services to the Hayward community. Resolution of this matter helps us to repair the relationship with our employees, so that we can continue to provide outstanding services in a healthy and safe work environment.”

Although labor relations in Hayward have slowly improved under McAdoo–on the political front–union officials and local Democratic Party leaders maintain long memories. In the two election cycles since imposition, Hayward elected leaders have found little institutional support in the East Bay.

In addition, the political futures of some Hayward councilmembers remain up in the air because of their votes four years ago. In recent years, those up for re-election have mostly been shunned from endorsements by the Democratic Party and unions.

Those successful at the ballot box, such as Mayor Barbara Halliday, have done so, in part, because their challengers in both mayoral elections also voted for imposition.

Among the current Hayward City Council, those carrying the mark of imposition include, Halliday, Councilmembers Francisco Zermeño, Mark Salínas, and Mendall.

4 thoughts on “Hayward settles dispute with SEIU over illegal wage cuts, will repay workers $2 million

  1. These are the folks that Aisha spent money and who contributed at least $1,000 to her campaign. The only cash loan in the campaign was by Aisha. Whether the campaign pays this back to her tells a lot about how she will handle lots of money. At present she has a pretty significant cash bank, based on what is reported so far. The Afghan community and Aisha contributed 28% of the nearly $60,000 reported. Ten Unions paid for a whopping 14% of the total raised. How much of the cash goes back to those renters needing housing remains to be seen.

    PAC Union 595 PAC Union 595 10 $0.52 $0.14 $8,346.00 13.9% International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 595 Dublin 94568
    Aisha Wahab 2 $0.40 $0.11 $6,424.00 10.7% Business IT Consultant Santa Clara County / Assistant Treasurer Hayward 94541
    Nilab Shansab 2 $0.10 $0.03 $1,550.00 2.6% Teacher Little Flowers Montessori Dublin 94568
    Nurges Gheyaszada 1 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% Marriage and Family Counselor Bay Area Community Services Pleasanton 94566
    Omar Gheyazada 1 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% Self Employed Pleasanton 94566
    Mariam Wahab 2 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% Social Worker County of Santa Clara Fremont 94301
    Mohammad Shanesh 1 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% Consultant San Francisco County Union City 94587
    Malalai Akhtar 1 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% N / A Hayward 94541
    Jalil Ghiasezada 1 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% Retired Pleasanton 94566
    Abdullah Popal 1 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% Retired Dublin 94568
    Rena Popal 1 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% Executive Director Afghan Coalition Dublin 94568
    Nabeal Altareb 3 $0.09 $0.02 $1,400.00 2.3% Chase Bank Manager San Lorenzo 94580
    Mariam DiMaggio 2 $0.09 $0.02 $1,400.00 2.3% Director Quogue Capital New York City 10023
    Dunya Zekria 2 $0.08 $0.02 $1,300.00 2.2% US Bank Branch Manager San Lorenzo 94580
    William Quirk 1 $0.06 $0.02 $1,000.00 1.7% California Assembly Member (Not Noted as a PAC) Hayward 94542

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  2. Anonymous,

    These are the top contributors to Aisha’s campaign from 2/2 to the primary 6/6/2018. Notice that the treasurer for the campaign also contributed. Notice also that these area all contributions outside of Hayward and are clearly ethnically driven in the beginning. This is of course before Aisha became the front runner. Note that the percentage reflects the total contribution to the total raised of nearly $60,000 dollars. The Union Contributions and mainline Democrats contributed in the end a great deal more money. What was bought for all of this is Aisha’s vote.

    Nurges Gheyaszada 1 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% Marriage and Family Counselor Bay Area Community Services Pleasanton 94566 $1,424.00
    Omar Gheyazada 1 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% Self Employed Pleasanton 94566 $1,424.00
    Mariam Wahab 2 $0.09 $0.02 $1,424.00 2.4% Social Worker County of Santa Clara Fremont 94301 $1,300.00
    Nabeal Altareb 3 $0.09 $0.02 $1,400.00 2.3% Chase Bank Manager San Lorenzo 94580 $1,100.00
    Dunya Zekria 2 $0.08 $0.02 $1,300.00 2.2% US Bank Branch Manager San Lorenzo 94580 $1,100.00
    Mariam DiMaggio 2 $0.09 $0.02 $1,400.00 2.3% Director Quogue Capital New York City 10023 $900.00
    Mariam DiMaggio 0.8% Director Quogue Capital New York City 10023 $500.00
    Abdul Wahab 1 $0.03 $0.01 $500.00 0.8% Fletcher Jones Mercedes General Manager Fremont 94536 $500.00

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  3. You really grasping at straws. All donated after she was the clear front runner. Look at the dates. Only a few unions donated, quirk donated at the very end and everyone else donated $250 or less.

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  4. The unions are certainly back and active in their support of other candidates in Hayward. 8 separate Unions provided 13.9% / $8,346.00 to Aisha Wahab’s top grossing campaign for City Council. Between the Unions and $1,000 from Bill Quirk, Richard Valle, the Hayward Democratic Club with a modest help from Buffy Wicks Aisha certainly found the mainstream old school money.

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