150 union members in the City of Concord have authorized a strike, to demand an end to the City’s “unfair bargaining”, according to Teamsters Local 856.
The following press release is from Teamsters Local 856:
Field and Operations and the Administrative, Technical and Clerical Units authorized a strike by 96% and 93%, respectively.
The two groups have been working without contracts since July 1, 2014.
Teamsters 856 filed charges with the Public Employment Relations Board on October 15, 2014 alleging bad-faith bargaining on the part of Concord negotiators.
“The City negotiators are politicizing the process and trying to bully the workforce with the extension of Measure Q,” said Rudy Gonzalez, vice president of the workers’ local union.”
“We could have a deal today, if the City would simply respect its employees,” Gonzalez continued. “The negotiator representing the City has cost the citizens nearly 500,000 dollars, which includes the lengthy fact-finding process employees invoked in 2013, to convince the City to end furloughs and restore services to the public. The people who work hard to keep Concord moving need to be prioritized.”
The Union contends that the City is trying to delay negotiations until after the November 4th general election,when 3 council seats and a sales tax extension will be decided by voters.
The two units include employees working as administrative clerks, heavy equipment operators, maintenance workers, permit technicians, recreation program coordinators, community service officers, police dispatchers, and police records personnel.