News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

9/24/2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 09242009
Subject :

Palo Alto’s Service Impacts from Striking SEIU Employees Minimized
Many Employees Choose to Work Instead of Strike
Contact : Linda Clerkson, Office of the City Manager    (650) 329-2656

Palo Alto, CA - Essential City services have not been impacted by SEIU workers' unauthorized strike today. Out of 526 SEIU employees who were scheduled to work today, 221 reported for work. About 300 workers walked out. Police, fire, and emergency services continue to operate as usual.

"Nearly 50% of SEIU-represented employees who came to work are pitching in to minimize service disruptions as much as possible to the community," said Russ Carlsen, Human Resources Director.

The City is working to minimize service disruptions to the community during the strike as much as possible. Here are the known impacts to existing City service levels at this time:

  • All libraries are closed, except Mitchell Park Library.  The schedule at Mitchell Park will be 12 noon - 6 pm.
  • Animal Services is open; no surgeries will be performed.
  • Utilities Customer Service Center at City Hall is closed and walk in customers are being handled on a case by case basis on the 2nd floor in City Hall.
  • Utility Marketing Services at City Hall will be open with reduced levels of service for customers seeking rebates/rebate information.
  • The Development Center will have reduced staffing levels and be open until 4 p.m.
  • Electric and Water-Gas-Wastewater Engineering at Elwell Court will have reduced staffing levels and remain open.
  • Parks will have reduced staffing and remain open.
  • The Lucie Stern Community Center will have reduced staffing and remain open.
  • Cubberley Community Center administrative offices are open and facilities for tenants are normal. The front reception desk at Cubberley will be closed.
  • In Utilities and Public Works, some routine work (construction, concrete and asphalt work) has been stopped.

Yesterday, the City was granted a court injunction that required 99 City workers represented by SEIU and identified as "essential to health and safety" to report to work today. These workers operate the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, the water, gas, electric and wastewater collection systems, and 9-1-1 dispatch.

"We are pleased that the court agreed with us yesterday and issued an injunction that required these SEIU employees to come to work alongside the employees who chose to come to work today," said James Keene, Palo Alto's City Manager. "Having all these employees working together ensures that we can remain focused on protecting the health, safety and welfare of the community and our employees."

For more information about any changes in programs or services today, the
community may visit http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/ or call the City's Main Information Desk at (650) 329-2100.





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