ONN – City Of Oakland City Workers March To Expose Severe Understaffing
Oakland, CA – On Wednesday, September 25, hundreds of Oakland city workers, and community leaders will hold an informational picket and rally to demand that the City Administration address alarming staff vacancy rates in city departments and take action to improve the retention of city staff in the face of starved city services.
This month, Senator Bernie Sanders, 2020 U.S. Presidential Candidate, in a tweet offered his support behind the City of Oakland Workers fight to fill hundreds of vacant city positions: “I stand with the 3,000 SEIU 1021 and IFPTE Local 21 public servants fighting to provide quality city services to the residents of Oakland. It’s unacceptable that 600 positions are currently unfilled.”
IFPTE Local 21 and SEIU 1021, the labor unions that represent more than 3,000 City of Oakland workers, and community leaders will expose the severe understaffing affecting Oakland residents at a noon event at 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland.
The event marks the almost nine months into the 2019 collective bargaining fight between the City of Oakland and nearly 3,000 of its employees represented by SEIU 1021 and IFPTE Local 21—including engineers, librarians, planners, transportation and public works staff, street paving and cleaning crews, 911 dispatchers, neighborhood service coordinators, housing services staff, and Head Start program coordinators. Both unions’ contract expired on June 30, 2019 after City Administration failed to reach an agreement.
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