Margaret Cunningham 
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Re: “Oakland Officials Wrestle for Control Over New Police Commission Staff Positions

Measure LL, the subject of which is creation of an INDEPENDENT Citizens Police Review Board was passed by 83% of Oakland voters. I would argue that the voters have already de facto changed, or overridden any contrary Charter language. Obviously, the City Attorney cannot exercise such control as hiring, firing and evaluating the Commission's legal staff.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 06/20/2018 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Permanently Temporary

This is a fight I'm familiar with. Negotiated my TPT contract shortly after going to work for (then) SEIU 790 in 1987, and several thereafter. We always pushed for more FT hiring of part-timers, or at least more Permanent Part-Time (Civil Service, same benefits as FT). We made gains over the years in pay and benefits, less in FT positions. It looks as if the City is abusing the category more than ever now, which reflects the trend in employment as a whole.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 03/08/2018 at 4:09 PM

Re: “The Warriors' Empty Gesture

These sports teams have screwed us for decades.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 02/20/2018 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Opinion: Getting the Shaft From Schaaf

Union workers are fighting for their families. They don't want to "fit in" and join the race to the bottom. And the Oakland workers are definitely not "under skilled" and "under educated." They have to do well in very competitive civil service exams to be hired. Their performances are evaluated annually. They have to pass a probation period. Unions are the best hope of maintaining a middle class, despite attempts to diminish and break them.

Support these folks. The decent salaries and benefits they have struggled for may one day belong to your kids.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 12/09/2017 at 5:35 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Suddenly concerned about the new condo construction across the street. Will it be torched and will my buildings and neighboring buildings be evacuated or even catch fire? This is not the way to stop gentrification, higher rents, and displacement.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 07/10/2017 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Making Oakland a Real Sanctuary City

Right on, Rebecca Kaplan and Brian Hofer! Thank you.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 06/30/2017 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

Allowing the Mayor's appointees to comprise a majority on a disciplinary panel will appear to or actually make the Commission just another City agency, rather than independent. Independence is the heart of what the voters approved by 83 percent.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 06/15/2017 at 7:47 AM

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