Filipinos join strike against city of Hayward
HAYWARD, Calif. – Filipinos joined dozens of public employees in Hayward who walked out of their jobs in a three-day strike that began last Tuesday.
The workers said they are on strike because city officials are asking them to contribute more toward their health care and retirement benefits.
They said premiums have risen recently and it’s not right that the city wants to take more money from their paychecks.
The two sides have been negotiating since February. No deal has been reached.
“What we want is fair negotiations. Right from the onset, the city has been demanding concessions and that’s not the way to negotiate,” said Randy Soriano, a revenue collector.
“Our message for the officials of the city of Hayward is this — get back to the table and negotiate with the union (local 1021),” said Amy Yoshihata, a secretary of the Hayward Police Department.