Oakland City Service Workers Suspend Strike After Seven Days

A union representing Oakland city service workers said a strike that has lasted for seven days will be suspended.

An estimated 3,000 city employees are set to return to work on Tuesday while the union and city continue to negotiate. Employees have picketed since last Tuesday.

Service Employees International Union Local 1021 has raised concerns about health and safety for cleanup workers.

The city is proposing a wage increase, but the union says the city's proposal does not keep pace with cost of living. Mayor Libby Schaaf previously said the city has addressed concerns about working conditions around homeless encampments, offering a premium wages and increases for other positions.

The mayor said the city also is facing sharp increases in pension costs over the next five years and can’t give what they don’t have. Union leaders say there are other revenue streams not being considered.

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