East Bay Regional Park District Strike Averted

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013  |  Updated 2:14 PM PDT
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East Bay Regional Park District Strike Threatened for July 4 Holiday

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East Bay Regional Park District Strike Threatened for July 4 Holiday

Union members said a two-day strike beginning July 4 will happen if an agreement with the park district is not reached early next week. George Kiriyama reports.
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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.

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