3,000 Oakland city employees set to strike on Tuesday

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland is headed toward a work stoppage as more than 3,000 members of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 and other city unions announced they will strike on Tuesday.SEIU Local 1021 and the Oakland city administration have been in negotiation since the early spring. In recent months, SEIU Local 1021 representatives … Continue reading 3,000 Oakland city employees set to strike on Tuesday

As Oakland labor talks stall, SEIU unleashes a flame throwing web site at Mayor Schaaf

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf won't likely facea credible candidate for re-election next yearbut SEIU Local 1021 is acting like anopponent.OAKLANDFew East Bay labor unions are more aggressive than the Service Employees International Union Local 1021. Whether in Hayward where union leaders screamed at elected officials during a long labor contract impasse or the seemingly routine … Continue reading As Oakland labor talks stall, SEIU unleashes a flame throwing web site at Mayor Schaaf

San Lorenzo school administrator called cops to break up teachers’ union meeting

San Leandro elected officials speaking at a rally Oct. 20 in support of San Lorenzo teachers.PHOTO/SLEA SAN LORENZO | The labor dispute between San Lorenzo teachers and the school district is getting tense by the day. In recent days, the push by teachers for higher wages and increased benefits is being met with harsh tactics by school district administrators.Last … Continue reading San Lorenzo school administrator called cops to break up teachers’ union meeting

Hayward City Council to Forego Pay Raise; Swear-In New Mayor Tuesday

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | At least, the Hayward City Council puts its money where its mouth is.As the city continues its hard line against some of its public employee labor groups, the Daily Review reports, the new City Council will again turn down a 2.6 percent cost of living increase and continue paying half the cost … Continue reading Hayward City Council to Forego Pay Raise; Swear-In New Mayor Tuesday

East Bay Political Groups Give Hayward Mayoral Candidates the Cold Shoulder

HAYWARD | MAYOR | As more local political groups continue to shun Hayward mayoral candidates seeking their endorsement, it’s becoming clear the trio who voted to impose a five percent wage cut of city workers carry a torturous Scarlet Letter around town.You can pick whichever letter signifies Councilmembers Barbara Halliday, Francisco Zermeno and Mark Salinas’ … Continue reading East Bay Political Groups Give Hayward Mayoral Candidates the Cold Shoulder

Hayward Mayoral Candidates Explore City’s Budget Dilemma

HAYWARD | MAYOR | Hayward has two competing but inextricably related problems. One, is a long-held public perception the city is anti-development and, second, it's a bear for small businesses to set up shop making it difficult for Hayward to create new revenues streams. Meanwhile, the entire council, including three running to replace Mayor Michael … Continue reading Hayward Mayoral Candidates Explore City’s Budget Dilemma

Intriguing Hayward Mayoral, City Council Races Set for June Election

City employees picket Hayward City Halllast August. CAMPAIGN 2014 | HAYWARD | It's been eight years since Hayward had a competitive race for mayor. In 2006, Michael Sweeney topped Brian Schott and subsequently won re-election four years later against a write-in candidate. Sweeney, though, announced last August he would not seek re-election. The decision leaves a wide-open … Continue reading Intriguing Hayward Mayoral, City Council Races Set for June Election

‘This is an Act of War’: Hayward Imposes Five Percent Pay Cut on City Workers

Hayward City Manager Fran David, right,is seen by the union as one of the city'shard line advocates for imposition.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | LABOR | The city council of Hayward, a city once known as the most union-friendly in the Bay Area, unanimously voted Tuesday night to force pay cuts on nearly three hundred union clerical … Continue reading ‘This is an Act of War’: Hayward Imposes Five Percent Pay Cut on City Workers

Hayward Looks to Impose Pay Cuts on City Union Workers

Hayward city employees striking in frontof City Hall last August.PHOTO/Steven TavaresHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | LABOR |Ten months after contracts for nearly 300 Hayward city employees expired, the City Council may decide Tuesday night to unilaterally impose its last, best and final offer despite declining to meet with labor negotiators since July. Both contracts represent immediate … Continue reading Hayward Looks to Impose Pay Cuts on City Union Workers

Hayward’s Lingering Labor Dispute Is Really About A Lack Of Leadership

Hayward City Council, left to right, Mark Salinas, Francisco Zermeno, Mayor Michael Sweeney, Al Mendal, Barbara Halliday, Greg Jones, Marvin Peixoto.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL//LABOR/ANALYSIS | To the casual observer the continuing labor strife between Hayward and its city employees might appeared to be about city officials taking an extremely hard line against labor or workers asking for … Continue reading Hayward’s Lingering Labor Dispute Is Really About A Lack Of Leadership

Legislators On BART Strike: ‘The Time Is Now To Start The Healing’

LEGISLATURE//BART STRIKE | Citing progress between strike BART unions and management, in addition to the weekend’s tragic death of two BART employees, the entire East Bay legislative caucus is calling for an agreement tonight that would end the latest four-day labor dispute.“We call on the parties to resolve those issues today and get the trains running … Continue reading Legislators On BART Strike: ‘The Time Is Now To Start The Healing’

Labor Negotiators For Hayward City Employees Accuse City Of Threatening Layoffs

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL//LABOR | A three-day strike by Hayward city employees last month did nothing to persuade city officials to return to the bargaining table, while union negotiators accused the city of threatening layoffs if their demands for wage cuts were not met.“We’re at a stalemate,” Gilbert Hesia, a Hayward city employee directly involved in … Continue reading Labor Negotiators For Hayward City Employees Accuse City Of Threatening Layoffs

Tough Talk As Hayward City Employees Hunker Down

Striking Hayward city employees assemble in front of City Hall Tuesday evening. PHOTO/Steven TavaresHAYWARD//STRIKE | Members of the Service Employees International Union, Local 1021, the same labor union involved in the dispute with BART management, say Hayward officials have failed to negotiate with the union since February. In July, the city declared an impasse in … Continue reading Tough Talk As Hayward City Employees Hunker Down

Hayward City Employees Prepare For Three-Day Strike

Striking Hayward city employees set to picketin front of Hayward City Hall starting Tuesday.HAYWARD//STRIKE | In Hayward, the confluence of an uncompromising city manager, a complacent City Council and city employees hoping for relief following three years of concession have led to a three-day strike set to begin Tuesday morning.Two hundred eight members of the … Continue reading Hayward City Employees Prepare For Three-Day Strike

Ms. Santana, The Writing Is On The Wall

OAKLAND | Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana never looks happy. If the sheer weight of Oakland’s problems perpetually on her shoulders wasn’t enough, her own job security now seems perilous.Matthew Artz’s article Friday shows the discontent from labor and various other groups in the city has reached Mayor Jean Quan’s office. "Deanna is part of … Continue reading Ms. Santana, The Writing Is On The Wall