Statement on behalf of Bob Schoonover, President of SEIU Local 721:
"In the last 48 hours, the SEIU 721 bargaining team and our Fix LA community partners have finally witnessed some movement at the bargaining table. For that reason we have decided to not initiate a strike today. However, key issues for our members and the communities they serve must still be fully addressed.
Fix LA--workers, city residents and faith leaders--demands City Hall stop Wall Street giveaways and restore middle-class jobs and vital city services that Angelenos need.
Slashed jobs, service cuts and outsourcing have left the city we love hurting.
Instead of working with us to restore city services and Fix LA, City Hall continues to push for even more cuts including making LA City workers pay $1,600 or more a year for health insurance and slashing lifetime earnings--while still funneling $300 million a year to Wall Street
The Fix LA coalition--with the backing of SEIU 721 members and LA City Traffic Officers--blanketed the City Hall area Thursday to feed parking meters and place faux tickets on cars, then traveled to Bunker Hill deliver a giant parking violation to Bank of New York Mellon, which takes in $5 million a year in taxpayer money as a result of a bad bank deal.
Their message: Get back taxpayer money from Wall Street so we can use it to restore city services such as street repair, removal of abandoned cars, alleyway clean-up, and traffic control.
Today SEIU 721 and our partners in the Fix LA coalition scored a huge victory: the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 Wednesday to hold...
Elected members of SEIU Local 721 and five additional unions representing a wide range of city workers--from librarians to sanitation truck drivers to crossing guards--took...
On July 1, SEIU Local 721 members will march alongside community leaders, taxpayers, city workers, and clergy to tell Mayor Garcetti and the LA City Council to stand up to Wall Street and recover the resources we need to save middle-class public sector jobs and restore vital neighborhood services.
On July 1, hundreds of SEIU Local 721 members, community leaders, taxpayers, city workers and clergy marched from Bunker Hill's Financial District to City Hall to demand that city leaders hold Wall Street accountable.
On April 8, LA City Bargaining Team members participated in a summit to discuss upcoming negotiations with management and solutions to make the city better.
For employees eligible for Flex benefits, LA City is announcing the 2014 Dependent Eligibility Verification program. The program is designed to ensure that all dependents enrolled in Flex health plans are actually eligible for coverage. It's part of the City's commitment to control health care costs and promote the sustainability of our health benefits.