While the mood of striking seems to be in the Bay Area these days, the East Bay Regional Park District's union averted a planned, possible strike for the July 4th holiday.
In a statement on Tuesday, the AFSCME Local 2426 Workers Union said they had reached a tentative agreement with the East Bay Regional Park District late Monday. The proposal includes a four-year contract and settles disputes over wages, retirement and healthcare contributions.
For the past six months, the union representing the lifeguards and maintenance workers has been seeking a new contract with better pay and benefits.
While commuters have been dealing with a two-day BART strike so far, and a one-day Oakland city worker strike on Monday, the park district strike would have come at a busy time for the district as many loe to flock to the many lakes and parks to celebrate the July 4 holiday.