Rob Bonta tries to erase vestiges of Red Scare from state law

Assemblymember Rob Bonta18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTBeing a member of the Communist Party can get you terminated from a state job, according to existing California law.A bill authored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta remove from state law a provision allowing a public employee's membership in the Communist Party to be grounds for termination.The Assembly bill was … Continue reading Rob Bonta tries to erase vestiges of Red Scare from state law

Hayward appeals state finding it illegally imposed wage cuts on city employees

SEIU Local 1021 members in Hayward staging a three-day strike in 2014 to protest the city's then-alleged unfair labor negotiations.HAYWARD | Months after a state Public Employment Relations Board found the city of Hayward’s five percent wage imposition two years ago on 300 city workers was illegal, the city is quietly appealing its findings.Hayward City Manager Fran David, though, … Continue reading Hayward appeals state finding it illegally imposed wage cuts on city employees

Bonta: Proposed ‘Voter Empowerment Act will adversely affect CalSTRS, women

Assemblymember Rob BontaASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | A proposed statewide ballot measure that could severely undercut the stability of public employee pensions might also disproportionately affect women, says East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta.The initiative, currently called the Voter Empowerment Act of 2016, would allow voters in local jurisdictions to vote on various government employee benefits … Continue reading Bonta: Proposed ‘Voter Empowerment Act will adversely affect CalSTRS, women

San Leandro talks of paying down unfunded debt with new revenues

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The uncertain economic times of year’s past appear in the rearviewmirror in San Leandro. “Things are on a significant uptick in San Leandro,” said City Manager Chris Zapata during a budget work session Monday night. The city’s proposed two-year budget estimates a $6 million surplus during the next fiscal year … Continue reading San Leandro talks of paying down unfunded debt with new revenues

Ro Khanna: ‘Chuck Reed is an American Hero’

San Jose Mayor Chuck ReedCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Any illusions Ro Khanna is a progressive may have been erased with an endorsement Monday from public employee pension crusader and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.Reed’s endorsement may signal a move by Khanna’s campaign to accentuate his credentials to moderate voters. However, it does little to … Continue reading Ro Khanna: ‘Chuck Reed is an American Hero’

AD16: Steve Glazer’s Lucky Break

Steve GlazerASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 16 | In the sports world, it's called a fortuitous bounce. In politics, it's what happened today for 16th Assembly District candidate Steve Glazer.Although, nowhere close to the Oakland Hills and Contra Costa County-center assembly district, members of the San Francisco Transport Workers Union Local 250, who began a potential three-day sickout … Continue reading AD16: Steve Glazer’s Lucky Break

Swalwell Accepted Pay from Government Shutdown After Pledging Not to Take It

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | The great government shutdown of 2013 lasted 16 days. While the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party obstructed the budget process in a bid to scuttle Obamacare, federal employees went without a paycheck last October. Over half of the House of Representatives, including the East Bay's Rep. Eric Swalwell, … Continue reading Swalwell Accepted Pay from Government Shutdown After Pledging Not to Take It

Attack On Public Employees Embedded Into Administrator’s Pension Story

SUNDAY COLUMN | On the same day this week reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle took to social media in protest of a proposed hike in health care premiums laid out by their management, the paper’s two star reporters wrote Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi essentially pulls down $800,000-a-year—not news--but that her pension will pay her over $400,000 … Continue reading Attack On Public Employees Embedded Into Administrator’s Pension Story

Hayward Erases Much Of Its Budget Deficit With Help From City Employees

HAYWARD//CITY COUNCILMay 15, 2012 | Hayward’s $14 million budget shortfall became much more manageable last week after its city employees agreed to salary cuts that will lower the funding gap to $4.5 million. The City Council will discuss erasing the remaining amount through additional fees and further cuts.City Manager Fran David called the sometimes contentious … Continue reading Hayward Erases Much Of Its Budget Deficit With Help From City Employees

Cassidy Says Respect For Public Employees Is Not Based Upon Dollar $igns

SAN LEANDROApril 3, 2012 | It's no coincidence San Leandro city employees are beginning to voice opposition to Mayor Stephen Cassidy and his treatment of city worker by lobbing words like "respect" and "dignity" as he continues to drive some of the most hostile anti-labor venom of any public official in the East Bay. Monday … Continue reading Cassidy Says Respect For Public Employees Is Not Based Upon Dollar $igns

Cassidy’s Pension Stance Serves Business Interests; Revels In Attacks Against Workers

ANALYSISMar. 22, 2012 | Like Mayor Jean Quan in Oakland sitting stoically during council meetings against a torrent of angry residents, San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy took repeated body blows from a union activist in silence, but the punches undoubtedly hurt just the same. The tactic is not usually utilized for a quick knockout, but … Continue reading Cassidy’s Pension Stance Serves Business Interests; Revels In Attacks Against Workers