Oakland’s Second Largest Public Union Votes to Ratify Agreement

February 8, 2018

For Immediate Release  
Press Contact IFPTE Local 21: Jennifer Li (917) 573-1488

 Oakland’s Second Largest Public Union Votes to Ratify Agreement

Oakland, CA – After four days of voting, IFPTE Local 21 members in Oakland voted to ratify the latest offer with 82% of participating members voting yes.

IFPTE Local 21 members voted to ratify the following agreement:

• 4% wage increase retro to July 1, 2017
• 1% wage increase in Jan. 2019
• Additional potential revenue-triggered 1% in Jan. 2019

This agreement will now go to the Oakland City Council for ratification. We will be working diligently to ensure the new agreement, including the more than 70 tentative agreements, gets implemented the way they were intended.

The City’s original starting offer was 0% wage increases. By the time IFPTE Local 21 went on a 7-day sympathy strike with SEIU 1021 in December 2017, our members had been working for 6 months with an expired contract, and the City of Oakland was offering Local 21 members 2% increases the first year with no retroactive pay, and 2% in July 2018. The pressure members built through the strike drove the City to move on several key issues, including wages.

It was a long and hard fight, but the tenacity and collective action of public employees has moved us toward a better contract. We are extraordinarily proud of all our members.
IFPTE Local 21 represents nearly 1,000 Oakland City workers.