East Bay Kaiser Permanente employees set a strike date

Kaiser Permanente workers, including 4,900 in Alameda County, haveset a strike date: Oct. 14. The group of unions representing optometrists, laboratory scientists, x-ray technicians, licensed vocational nurses, and housekeepers, among a number of other types of workers, are billing the strike as the largest in the U.S. since 185,000 Teamsters walked the picket line for 16 … Continue reading East Bay Kaiser Permanente employees set a strike date

Kaiser stymied strike vote in the East Bay after closing cafeteria meeting space

Kaiser Permanente management closed hospital cafeterias across the state Monday before a vote by some of its workers to authorize a strike this fall. The meeting spaces were closed at Kaiser hospitals in Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Fremont, Livermore, and Pleasanton, a representative for Service Employee Union International said. SEIU represents more than 4,800 employees at … Continue reading Kaiser stymied strike vote in the East Bay after closing cafeteria meeting space

Two East Bay educators lead lawsuit against teachers’ union dues

Lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court is based on last year's Janus v. AFSCME ruling.

ACTransit first to issue support for labor unions ahead of critical SCOTUS decision

The AC Transit Board of Directors became the first local government body to issue support for labor unions as its ability to gain new members could be diminished soon by an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

EBC AGENDA: May 25-31 — OAKLAND pension strategy; ACTransit supports unions ahead of SCOTUS ruling

Also: San Leandro's own city manager scandal could be heating up again on Tuesday night.

The Ro Khanna era finally begins

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | In the end, voters in the 17th Congressional District decided Rep. Mike Honda's on-going ethics investigation, in addition, to a view his tenure had morphed into general apathy, was too much to bear for another two years. The alternate ending says the South Bay's Congressmember-elect Ro Khanna made the far … Continue reading The Ro Khanna era finally begins

Alameda mayor’s opposition to utility tax measure could be costly

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer's ballot argument againstutility tax measure asserts the same items it will fundare endangered if it passes in November.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer is officially opposing a November utility tax measure that, if defeated, could blow a $5 million hole in the city's treasury.Spencer was the lone vote against placing … Continue reading Alameda mayor’s opposition to utility tax measure could be costly

Union to Hayward: Don’t ‘rip the scab’ by appealing unfair labor practices finding

Hayward City Manager Fran David's unwaveringstances against union city workers was found tobe improper, according a legal finding.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |After Hayward city employees--working without a contract for two years--agreed to a new contract last summer, they believed labor peace was at hand. But a state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruling in late December … Continue reading Union to Hayward: Don’t ‘rip the scab’ by appealing unfair labor practices finding

Khanna’s labor endorsement may have forced Honda’s hand

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda’s response to losing support of a labor union to Ro Khanna appeared breathless, maybe desperate. On Monday, the feeling was underscored with an astonishing roll out of new endorsements from five statewide office holders, notably state Attorney General Kamala Harris.Last week, Khanna seized upon a growing narrative … Continue reading Khanna’s labor endorsement may have forced Honda’s hand

City Hall Insider: Agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 15-17

OAKLAND/June 17, 5:30 p.m.Lake Merritt land deal returns to councilE. 12TH ST, PART III It’s the Oakland public land deal that forced a shutdown of the City Council in May by protesters and nearly went down in flames two weeks ago before Councilmember Desley performed a parliamentary save to keep the proposal from defeat. The … Continue reading City Hall Insider: Agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 15-17

Assemblymember introduces bill to ban BART strikes

AB 528 is Assemblymember Catharine Baker'sfirst piece of legislation.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | Freshman Assemblymember Catharine Baker’s first bill makes good on a major campaign pledge she offered last year. It may also be a potential boon to one candidate in the State Senate special election in her Contra Costa County district.Baker introduced legislation Monday … Continue reading Assemblymember introduces bill to ban BART strikes