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While all attention in the Bay Area has been focused on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) strike, which brought massive traffic jams to Bay Area freeways this morning, thousands of Oakland City workers are out on a one-day "shot-across-the-bow" work stoppage.

Their issues are similar to BART workers and should be familar to almost everyone with a job these days: takebacks and pay cuts imposed in the Great Recession coupled with inflation have caused City workers to have an effective loss of 25% of their wage purchasing power since 2008. They're not going to stand for it any more. As the chants have been ringing out

Enough is Enough!

But City Management doesn't think enough is nearly enough. They want to continue imposing takebacks on health benefits and pensions while offering nothing more than cost of living increases. All the while insisting that they need to train and hire large numbers of new Oakland Police who make, on average (with overtime and benefits), at least three times what other city employees make while costing the City of Oakland millions in civil rights lawsuit settlements, far more per capita than any other major city in California.

Community organizations have come out today in support of City workers: The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition, ACCE, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Fight for $15 (Living Wage), Occupiers and likely members of other groups have all been walking the picket lines at times with union members from SEIU Local 1021 and IFPTE Local 21 at various locations around the city.

Here's some select tweet-pictures from today's activities.

The front door of Oakland City Hall, facing Oscar Grant Plaza




Workers and activists took over 14th & Broadway,
downtown Oakland's main intersection




Deanna Santana is Oakland's City Manager,
 who has stonewalled negotiations for months.




Noon rally at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater in front of City Hall

The banner moves in mysterious ways...

Originally posted to jpmassar on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 02:34 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, Hellraisers Journal, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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