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Oakland Mayor Schaaf's Union Busting War On Labor Time For A "General Strike"
Striking Oakland city workers continued their strike and rallied at Oakland City Hall on December 11, 2017. The Democratic mayor Libby Schaaf continued to lead the war against the unions declaring that the strike was illegal. SEIU 1021 and IFPTE Local 21 members talked about the growing stress and inability to survive in Oakland and the massive use of temporary workers by the Schaaf administration. Some also called for a general strike to stop these attacks.
Oakland mayor Libby Schaff is in a war on working people and labor. She is trying to go after the legal right of SEIU 1021 and IFPTE Local 21 3,000 members to strike. Striking workers on December 11, 2017 talk about the conditions of Oakland workers who are being driven out of the city and forced to commute many hours to work. They also discuss the gentrification and remove of African Americans and Latinos from the city while Mayor Schaff and the city council have forced more and more workers into part time jobs. Some supporters of the strike are supporting a general strike to unite the entire working class and community against these attacks.
The strike was called off later in the day without a contract by SEIU 1021 and IFPTE Local 21 saying "“…While we didn’t settle a contract tonight, city negotiators have adopted a new tone and demonstrated openness to continue negotiations,” said Felipe Cuevas, president of the Oakland chapter of SEIU 1021. Mayor Schaaf continues to pursue charges against the unions for a supposedly "illegal" strike.
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Oakland workers shutdown city hall and other city locations.
Oakland city workers rallied against the Mayor Schaaf's union busting tactics.
Many union officials were shocked by the open union busting tactics of Mayor Schaaf and the labor supported city council.
Firefighters joined the labor solidarity rallies along with other unions. There have been no mass labor solidarity rallies of all bay area unionists to support the strike.