While city administrators continue to push more cuts, effectively doubling down on their failed austerity policies that are slowing economic recovery, Hayward workers, business owners and residents want a new direction.
We care about the future of our community and have a genuine need for change and economic recovery.
Hayward families were already coping with the down economy before the City took 12% in wages and benefits.
Now, as the cost of living continues to rise, like all working people, we are struggling to pay gas to get to work, food for our families and utilities to keep the lights on, let alone help the economy grow.
The additional 5% cut could be a lost home, car or college tuition.
Our financial research shows that taking more from city employees is not justified. We ask our elected leaders to stand up now with our community to stop the cuts that hurt our economic recovery.
Hayward employees go to work every day with one thing in mind: Providing quality, vital services to residents.
Workers are not just fighting for their livelihoods; there is a negative effect in our community when working-and middle-class wages get stripped away.
When hundreds of workers lose, so do businesses and the local economy.
We need real reform by demanding our leaders to prevent unnecessary economic harm to workers and residents in our community!
Hayward Businesses Support Hayward Workers
"I support Hayward workers. I am a union man for 30 years, and I know what it’s like to go through tough times, but the economy is picking up. The city workers have been giving and giving, you can only give so much. The city needs to do the right thing for the workers and our community".
- Alfredo Rodriguez, Owner of Vintage Alley and longtime Hayward resident
"Unions are just trying to keep working and middle class jobs safe and wages fair. City workers just want to be able to provide for their families without fear of losing their homes or their jobs."
- Pete Schaaphok, Owner of Music Depot in Hayward and IUOE Local 39 member
"I am for the workers of Hayward. How can administrators and managers give themselves raises and ask their workers to continue to take pay cuts? They should be fair and honest with the residents, and also respect the workers."
- Carolyn Leandro, Owner of St. Gabriel's Catholic Books and Gifts