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

EBC AGENDA | DEC 1-6 | BERKELEY Climate plan makes progress; ALAMEDA weighs-in on Israel-Palestine; OAKLAND labor strike cancels meetings

THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 1-6--OAKLAND-- [MEETINGS CANCELLED DUE TO LABOR NEGOTIATIONS] City Council committee meetings, Tuesday, Dec. 5, start at 9 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--PUBLIC SAFETY OT IN THE RED-- Oakland's overtime budget for police and fire is projected to be in the red by more than $38 million, according to a … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | DEC 1-6 | BERKELEY Climate plan makes progress; ALAMEDA weighs-in on Israel-Palestine; OAKLAND labor strike cancels meetings

‘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

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

Striking Hayward City Employee Hit By Van While Picketing

Paramedics tend to Hayward city employee Jerry Schilling after he was struckTuesday morning by van while picketing. PHOTO/SEIU 1021HAYWARD//STRIKE | Just hours after 280 Hayward city employees began a three-day strike Tuesday morning, a picketing worker was hit by a van.The accident occurred around 9 a.m. Tuesday when a man driving a white van attempted … Continue reading Striking Hayward City Employee Hit By Van While Picketing

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

Don’t Blame Striking Workers, Blame MTC

SUNDAY COLUMN | How about blaming the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) on Monday morning when your car is sitting in traffic, instead of workers? Oh, you don’t know what or who MTC is? That’s exactly how they like it. Starting on Monday, the East Bay could be in the middle of one major traffic jam, but … Continue reading Don’t Blame Striking Workers, Blame MTC