Oakland City Workers Fight to Fill 600 Vacancies

Over 400 Oakland City Workers picketed outside City Hall on September 25. A sea of purple and blue shirts united in the streets, literally on 14th and Broadway, as union members stopped traffic to send a message: Urge Mayor Libby…

Oakland City Workers Fight to Fill 600 Vacancies

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Over 400 Oakland City Workers picketed outside City Hall on September 25. A sea of purple and blue shirts united in the streets, literally on 14th and Broadway, as union members stopped traffic to send a message: Urge Mayor Libby Schaaf to fill 600 vacant city jobs.

Oakland is facing a crisis. Our communities are being starved of city services.

“We’re severely understaffed, and have more than 600 vacant positions. That’s 600 people who are not filling Oakland’s potholes, preventing residents from getting evicted, paving streets, or helping our homeless population. We’re doing the work of 2 to 3 people, sometimes 4 or 5. And we’re underpaid. But we stay because we love Oakland,” said Felipe Cuevas, City of Oakland heavy equipment mechanic and SEIU 1021 Oakland Chapter President.

The Mayor and City Administration has not addressed our core issues: the high cost of living in the Bay Area, chronic understaffing that endangers vital city services and the protection of key benefits and civil service rights.

City Administration, they’re trying to gentrify not just our neighborhoods, but also our city’s workforce by trying to weaken important civil service protections.” said Anthony Reese, a City of Oakland real estate agent and Oakland Vice-President of IFPTE Local 21.

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