The City of Oakland’s civilian labor unions have announced their intention to call a one-day strike today, Monday, July 1. The Administration is making plans to address the unpredictable service impacts. City facilities, programs and services will be disrupted or severely reduced, if not closed.
Our highest priority is to continue to provide public safety services to the community. Police, fire and emergency services personnel will not participate in a strike. Police emergency response, including traffic enforcement and investigations, will be operational.
The City of Oakland’s civilian labor unions have announced their intention to call a one-day strike on Monday, July 1.
In an effort to avert a labor strike on Monday by unions representing about 2,470 City of Oakland employees, Mayor Jean Quan met on Friday with representatives of IFPTE Local 21 and SEIU Local 1021. During the meeting, the Mayor and City negotiators presented an economic proposal package that included a cost-of-living pay increase for employees, within the amount allocated in the budget passed by the City Council.
Mayor Quan offered to meet Friday night and as long as necessary through the weekend to reach an agreement and avert a strike. The Mayor’s offer to continue talks was declined. She continues to offer to meet any time, and hopes the City and the employees will return to the table and accelerate negotiations. City negotiators are expected to meet with IFPTE Local 21 at their next regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, July 5th. SEIU Local 1021 negotiators have offered to meet on Tuesday, July 9th.
The Administration is making plans to address the unpredictable service impacts in the event of a strike. City facilities, programs and services will be disrupted or severely reduced, if not closed, in the event of a strike. The following is a summary of possible service impacts we can anticipate. However, details can change: this is a fluid and unfolding situation, and we will provide timely updates as more information is available.
The City of Oakland is continuing to negotiate with six employee labor unions and bargaining groups representing approximately 2,470 civilian City employees whose contracts expire on Sunday, June 30, 2013. While City leaders hope that this process will successfully result in new contracts, City labor unions have announced their intention to call a one-day strike on Monday, July 1. Police, fire and emergency services personnel will not participate in a strike.
The City Council approved a budget Thursday night that invests strongly in public safety, job creation and family services while setting aside money to help the City negotiate fair contracts with employees.
As mandated by the City Charter every 10 years, the City of Oakland must review and revise City Council District boundaries to equalize each district’s population according to U.S. Census data. At its meeting on Tuesday, June 4, the Oakland City Council provided specific direction to City staff and established the criteria to be used in reviewing the Council District boundaries. The public is invited to engage in the redistricting process through a series of Town Hall Meetings. Additional opportunities for input and feedback are also available.
The City of Oakland administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. While the City’s administrative employees are out of the office, if a situation arises that requires more staffing, the City has a plan in place to call in additional resources. Police, fire and emergency services are not affected during the holiday.
On June 13, 2013, at 12:50 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the area of 8th Avenue and International Boulevard on a report of a strong arm robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers were flagged down by witnesses. The victim pointed out the two female juvenile suspects and stated that they took his cell phone. The two suspects were arrested in connection with the strong arm robbery. The loss was recovered.
On Tuesday June 25, 2013, 70 members from the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and 13 youth from the Oakland Police Activities League (PAL) will participate in a nine-mile portion of the Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefiting Special Olympics Northern California. As of June 24, the OPD team has raised $9,620, bringing them close to their goal.
On June 6, 2013, at 3:02 AM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the
4200 block of 12th Street to investigate a report of commercial burglary at a
business. Soon after officers arrived, they heard a noise coming from the business.
LED Streetlight Conversion
Following the success of a pilot program late last year, Oakland will be converting 30,000 existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) cobra head streetlights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights. Replacement of the existing streetlight fixtures with the new LED fixtures will provide a better quality of light that will enhance public safety and help reduce crime. In addition, the conversion project will save the City money as the new LED technology is more energy efficient and the bulbs have a longer lifespan.
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: MacArthur Blvd. at 98th Avenue – north-east corner of intersection
Speakers & Invited Guests will include: Mayor Jean Quan, Councilmember District 7 Larry Reid, Public Works Director Vitaly Troyan, representatives from the Oakland Police Department, Amland Corp. AEKO Consulting, Graybar, GE, CAL Lighting