A pedestrian walks by a display of candles outside of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station honoring two BART workers who were struck and killed by a BART train over the weekend while servicing tracks near the Walnut Creek station on October 21, 2013 in Oakland, California.

Up to 3,000 Oakland city workers went on strike Tuesday morning to demand pay raises and protest what they say are unfair labor practices. Librarians, sewer workers, building inspectors and other city employees crowded the front of City Hall with picket signs. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says the strike is unlawful, since the city and the union are still undergoing negotiations. But Service Employees International Union Local 1021 says the strike is legal, since the contract expired at the end of June. Schaaf issued a statement saying Oakland offered a six-percent raise, but “cannot spend more than we can afford.” We’ll find out more about the dispute between the city and its employees.


  • John Sepulvado, host, KQED’s The California Report
  • Robert Szykowny, chief negotiator, Service Employees International Union Local 1021
  • Kimberly Veklerov, staff writer, San Francisco Chronicle
Thousands of Oakland City Employees Strike 5 December,2017Michael Krasny

  • Gene K.

    Comparing themselves to richer communities and how they are not getting the same pay. Too bad! Move then, but don’t expect to be paid the same as workers in cities with a higher median income and tax base. Oakland is broke and so is my car for having to drive on the substandard roadways.

    • Livegreen

      They already moved. Most (certainly not all) haven’t lived in Oakland for years if not decades.

      Around the time of the last Salary Survey only the librarians had more than 50% of workers living in Oakland…And Oakland was affordable then.


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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