Oakland city workers enter third day of strike

OAKLAND (KRON) — The Oakland city workers strike continued for a third day on Thursday.

About 3,000 Oakland city workers were on strike and picketing for a third day after failing to agree to a new labor contract.

The union and Mayor Libby Schaaf tried to negotiate Wednesday afternoon but didn’t make any progress.

There will be a 2:45 p.m. meeting Thursday at the mayor’s office.

Mayor Schaaf is expected to offer the union a new deal that could possibly end the strike.

The city and union have agreed to a 4 percent salary increase in the first year but are stuck on increases for the second year. The city has offered a 2 percent increase if certain revenue conditions are met, but the union wants the city to commit to another 4 percent increase.

Talks broke down Monday after the city refused a union proposal to bring in an informal mediator.

The unions say they will not go back to the table without a new offer from the city.

The strike is affecting many Oakland city services, including the Head Start program, that many families rely on.

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