Union reps say progress made in contract talks
by Garth Meyer
Carlos Rubio, regional president for Teamsters Local 911, led a crowd of Redondo Beach city workers Tuesday night, Nov. 7, picketing along Pacific Coast Highway and at city hall. Later, in the city council meeting, representatives reported progress in contract talks.
Redondo Beach Professional and Supervisory Association president Lina Carillo, addressing the council, referred to a possible agreement to bring workers up to median pay within three years (compared to nearby cities).
“Council, we’re close,” Carillo said.
Redondo Teamsters negotiations resume Thursday.
“This is the first time in the last 15 years we’re making headway,” said Danny Garcia, a Redondo Parks worker and member of the Local 911 bargaining committee.
“What do we want?” The Teamsters’ Rubio called out Tuesday as picketers marched on the steps of city hall.
“Fair wages!” yelled the workers.
“When do we want it?”
“Do we love Redondo?”
“Can we afford to live in Redondo?”
After picketing, several of the city employees spoke at the council meeting.
Three of the city’s union employee groups contracts run out Dec. 31. ER