The workers are demanding a pay raise, which the City of Oakland says it cannot afford. The strike started on Tuesday.
The services affected by the strike include street cleaning, parking enforcement, libraries, building inspectors, senior services, and some head start services.
There are currently no negotiations planned for Tuesday.
Here is a statement from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released on Tuesday:
I want to urge every Oakland resident to take the time to find out more about the issues underlying the strike by municipal workers.
At its core is this critical issue: How do we sustain essential city services like road repair, libraries, parks, infrastructure improvements, and healthcare, while being fair to our workers?
How do we grow these essential services during good times in such a way that we are not forced to make cuts and layoffs in bad times?
Before I was an elected official, I was a city employee for more than decade. During that time, I was laid off amid the 2010 recession, and the experience taught me quite painfully that our city must prepare for any financial hard times ahead.
That’s why I believe it is important to prudently balance wage increases that our employees deserve, in a way that does not lead to cuts and layoffs in the future.
If you’d like to read more about the city’s offer and impact of the strike on city services, click here.
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