2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part IV – Oct-Dec: Oakland Strikes

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSAs fall began to bleed into winter, everything seemed to go wrong for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. The unions were already nipping at her heels with a campaign-style website  portraying her leadership in dire tones. An August raid by ICE agents in West Oakland, is later found to have been aided by … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part IV – Oct-Dec: Oakland Strikes

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

SEIU files suit against Oakland for violation of City Charter

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's largest public employees union filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court Tuesday alleging the City of Oakland is violating its City Charter with an over-reliance on part-time workers.Representatives for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1021 contend Oakland administration is undermining full-time positions with less expensive temporary workers.“Just like the … Continue reading SEIU files suit against Oakland for violation of City Charter

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

Alameda County Supes appoint treasurer-tax collector, but some question his integrity

Henry Levy will be sworn-in as Alameda County'snext treasurer-tax collector sometime in May.ALAMEDA COUNTYIn the end the unions got their man. Following an hour-long deliberation, highlighted by some contention, including questions about the applicant's integrity, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed Henry Levy as treasurer-tax collector, replacing the retired Donald White. Levy, a long-time … Continue reading Alameda County Supes appoint treasurer-tax collector, but some question his integrity

Alameda County supes await labor union’s choice before appointing next treasurer-tax collector

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County supervisors will wait another week before appointing a new treasurer-tax collector while the powerful Service Employees International Union Local 1021 decides which of the four candidates to endorse.The four candidates are former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, accountant Henry Levy, Castro Valley Unified School District assistant superintendent Dr. Candi Clark, and current assistant … Continue reading Alameda County supes await labor union’s choice before appointing next treasurer-tax collector

HAYWARD COUNCIL PREVIEW: Three incumbents, one former member poised for a return to office

Hayward City Council candidates (pictured clockwise): Councilmember Al Mendall, Matt McGrath, Councilmember Elisa Marquez, Mark Salinas, and Councilmember Francisco Zermeno.MEET THE CANDIDATES Every four years in Hayward, voters have the unique opportunity to alter a majority of their city council. However, Hayward voters have also been strangely adverse to casting a ballot on a regular … Continue reading HAYWARD COUNCIL PREVIEW: Three incumbents, one former member poised for a return to office

20 things I think about the East Bay’s June primary election

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors reignas champions of local entrenched poltics maycome to end on June 7.JUNE PRIMARY PREVIEW |1. I think Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley is scared to the point that he cries at bedtime.2. I think other supervisors, especially Scott Haggerty and Wilma Chan are feeling indigestion-level discomfort over the possibility … Continue reading 20 things I think about the East Bay’s June primary election

First-time Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath is attracting attention

Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath retiredas a Hayward department head in 2014.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward has a dearth of prospective candidates at all segments of its city government, but one may have been hiding all these years in its maintenance services department.Matt McGrath is turning heads over the past month in the 10-person race … Continue reading First-time Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath is attracting attention

Union spent $140k to get Hayward’s Measure C on ballot; city’s old guard balks at labor’s intrusion

Some of the 13,000 signatures SEIU Local 1021submittted last January to the Hayward city clerk.HAYWARD | MEASURE C | It’s one thing for a group to file a local ballot measure and other to fund the fees and people power needed to gather enough signatures for qualification on the ballot.A truly grassroots effort like the … Continue reading Union spent $140k to get Hayward’s Measure C on ballot; city’s old guard balks at labor’s intrusion

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

Hayward ballot initiative to change city elections date heads to June ballot

A campaign flyer given to Hayward residentsadvocating for the charter amendment. Theliterature was paid for by SEIU Local 1021.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | A charter amendment to move Hayward municipal elections from June to November starting in 2018 is heading to the upcoming primary ballot.The Hayward City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night directing the Alameda … Continue reading Hayward ballot initiative to change city elections date heads to June ballot

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

5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #4 HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL

ELECTION16 | Starting in 2013, the Hayward City Council waged a war over wages and ultimately imposed a five percent wage cut on more than 300 city employees represented by SEIU Local 1021. Following the council's decision in February 2014, Chris Daly, the very outspoken former San Francisco supervisor then employed by SEIU, rose from … Continue reading 5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #4 HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay: Nov. 3

HAYWARD/Nov. 3, 7 p.m.The Quiet War with labor continuesCAMPAIGN FINANCE ORDINANCEA truce over the war between city employees and the Hayward City Council, starting in 2013, was technically settled earlier this year when both sides agreed to a new contract. The deal was actually pretty good for city employees, represented by SEIU Local 1021. But, … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay: Nov. 3