Strike Authorized — City of Rancho Cucamonga Public Works
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City of Rancho Cucamonga workers in the Public Works Services Department voted to authorize a strike on July 19th. The vote resulted in unanimous approval to authorize their union, Teamsters Local 1932, to call a strike should it be deemed necessary.
A union contract covering approximately 90 workers expired June 30, 2018, with negotiations between Teamsters Local 1932 and the City currently in mediation. “The City never went to negotiate. They have not budged from day one,” says Donald Ballard, a Maintenance Worker and member of the Teamster negotiating committee. “Despite the City’s encouraging growth, it’s clear that they don’t want to share its financial success with the working people who help keep this city growing.”
The City’s Public Works Services employees, who are prepared to go out on strike if the City continues to delay progress during negotiations, include workers who maintain it’s streets, public centers, and parks.
“I feel like they don’t see and understand the work we’re doing to change that we’re making the city,” said Kenneth Stepter, a Maintenance Worker, shortly after the vote. “We’re human — we have families. The work we do for the City is how we feed our families, and the vote is how we show the City that they should value it.”
As Teamsters Local 1932 continues to transform the Inland Empire by producing positive change for its 14,000 members, the public organizations that employ them, and the community they strengthen, please visit Teamsters1932.org for more information.