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Santa Cruz City Workers Rally, March, Arrests
by Skidmark Bob
Tuesday May 26th, 2015 9:56 PM
Rally, March and Arrests for Santa Cruz City Workers.
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After seven years of stagnant wages, city workers who have been economically shut out approx 200-300 city workers and supporters gathered at town clock rallied and marched from Town Clock to City Hall to hand-deliver a letter from the community to the City Council—demanding a response to the need for a living wage, affordable housing and community investment for all. People spoke to council and six or seven were arrested refusing to leave chambers when cleared by police.

With signs that Santa Cruz has recovered from the recession, such as a balanced city budget and bonuses paid to its city leaders, city workers remain behind.

The city pays an average of only $34,000 per year—about half of the median income for Santa Cruz County—to its workers such as landscapers, sanitation drivers, administrative personnel, library workers and parking attendants.
§Town Clock High View
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§Post Office Corner
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§March down Pacific
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§At city hall
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§Civic Corner
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§Teamsters Support
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§Outside Chambers
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§Inside Chambers
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§Cops clear chambers
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§Arrests Made
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§We'll Be Back
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§Worker Demands
by via SEIU 521 Tuesday May 26th, 2015 10:40 PM
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City of Santa Cruz workers are fighting for:

Affordable Housing in Santa Cruz FOR ALL
Like you, City of Santa Cruz employees struggle to afford to live in the city. In fact, 46% of city workers are unable to live within city limits due to high housing costs and wage cuts workers have agreed to since 2009 to deal with the recession. Stand with us to change that!

A Real Living Wage in Santa Cruz FOR ALL
From 2012 to 2013, city executives received over $500,000 in extra compensation in addition to base salaries in the six-figures. During this same period, frontline workers saw wage cuts and staff reduction in public service areas such as Public Works and Parks. We stand with the 99% against gross income inequality. Stand with us to change that!

Pay Equity in Santa Cruz FOR ALL
In Santa Cruz 35% of our female workers, on average, make $1.29 less than their male co-workers. City workers, when compared to neighboring cities and counties, are not compensated for their experience and skillset. Stand with us to change that!

Transparency in Government FOR ALL
City Council meetings occur in the middle of the day. Working families cannot take time off to participate in local governance impacting their lives. City Council members reject our proposal to schedule evening meetings. Stand with us to change that!

Secure Retirement in Santa Cruz FOR ALL
Unlike other workers, City workers are not eligible for Social Security. Instead, they pay into their pension plans with hopes it will be enough to age with dignity after retirement. But most City workers will retire with a fixed income of approx. $1800 per month because the City won't contribute its fair share to make sure its workers retire with security. Stand with us to change that!
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Micah Posner: Trains and Budget Decisionsvia MicahMonday Jun 8th, 2015 10:23 AM
a lack of community pushback in the face of the total commercialization and gentrificationGMonday Jun 1st, 2015 9:32 AM
Public Worker complaintsRazer RayMonday Jun 1st, 2015 8:02 AM
I meant to addSlow ChangeSaturday May 30th, 2015 10:07 PM
Government workers often complain about protestsSlow ChangeSaturday May 30th, 2015 10:03 PM
We'll see...Robert NorseSaturday May 30th, 2015 9:51 PM
At least one city worker was arrestedSaw the video footageSaturday May 30th, 2015 9:49 PM
They announced the civil disobedience ahead of timeRead SEIU's press releaseFriday May 29th, 2015 3:20 PM
A word of advice in the face of stalled negotiationRazer RayFriday May 29th, 2015 2:55 PM
Someone on the council was aware...A little birdyFriday May 29th, 2015 2:25 PM