HK Dockers

Hong Kong Dockers Strike – US Speaking Tour

Hong Kong Dockers  –

Speaking in San Francisco April 8th

Tuesday April 8th 7-9pm
Unite-Here Local 2
209 Golden Gate Ave –  San Francisco, CA 94102

In the spring of 2013, a 40 day strike by 500 dockworkers at the Hong Kong Port aroused massive support in Hong Kong society and throughout the world. The target was one of the world’s richest and most powerful men – oligarch Li Kai-shing. The Hong Kong dockworkers, suffering years of frozen wages and inhumane conditions, divided by a subcontracting system meant to deflect Continue reading

Stop TPP

Jan 31st Protests to Block ‘NAFTA on Steroids’

by Benjamin Gerritz – Reposted from Labor Notes

San Francisco March Against TPP
Friday – Jan 31 90 7th st. San Francisco

Workers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will unite in an Inter-Continental Day of Action Friday to stop a massive new trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership—commonly referred to as “NAFTA on steroids.” In the U.S., the immediate fight is to block a bill that would grant the president “fast track” authority to sign off on the TPP. Defeating fast track would likely stop the TPP. Fast track is designed to swiftly pass trade deals, circumventing the standard Congressional Continue reading

Boeing

Opinion: Boeing Deal

Boeing Deal

A Defeat for Us All

by Andy Piascik
Re-blogged fro Counterpunch

In a move that strikes yet another blow to democracy and the living
standards of working Americans, Boeing forced major givebacks on its
30,000 union employees in the state of Washington while simultaneously
pulling off what may be the biggest welfare rip-off in the nation’s
history. Confronted with company threats to move production of a huge
new project out of state, workers reluctantly voted by an extremely
narrow margin to give up defined pensions in exchange for risky 401(k)
retirement plans. Thus Boeing, which earned $3.9 billion in profits Continue reading

Fast Food Pickets

Saturday Strike by Oakland Airport Fast Food Workers

Low-Wage Workers Are Fighting

Saturday (December 21)
Picket Line 4 Am – 6 Pm
Mobilizations At 7 Am, 12 Noon, 5 Pm
Oakland Airport Terminal 2

200 Oakland Airport fast food and retail workers will walk off the job THIS SATURDAY, December 21st. Workers are making the tough decision to strike during the holidays to protest Unfair Labor Practices by their employer, Host International – including regressive bargaining proposals that Continue reading

Opinion: Hard Lessons from the BART Strike

What to Learn from the BART Strike

By Warren Mar and Susan McDonough

Reposted from The Stansbury Forum

Introduction:

Our attempt at this article was inspired by a brief analysis of the BART strike by Maria Poblet of Causa Justicia/Just Cause. We agreed with much of her global view that the strike was conducted under the current neo liberal agenda in this country of dismantling public services, at the same time blaming the inadequacy of those services on the public workers and their unions. In this article we would like to not repeat or focus of these points but home in on what the union(s) could have done better under these conditions – in particular SEIU 1021 – because we are more familiar Continue reading

Support Oakland Truckers

Port Truckers Strike Success

Truck Work At Oakland Port Slows to Trickle

Re-Posted from  Port Trucker Solidarity

Oakland, CA – Truckers working at the Port of Oakland began a major work stoppage this morning in protest of unsafe working conditions and unfair labor practices by terminal owners and Port of Oakland management.

Primary pickets were set up at the four SSA terminal gates beginning at 5am, but due to violent police action, lines began migrating between gates to prevent arrest and detainment of picketers. At least one person picketing was struck by the vehicle of a terminal employee crossing Continue reading

Striker and Cop

ONE DAY STRIKE AT UC BERKELEY—NOV 20th

ONE DAY STRIKE AT UC BERKELEY—NOV 20th

Wednesday, Nov 20 4:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Bancroft Avenue at Telegraph Avenue & University Avenue at Oxford Street

UC Continues Intimidation and Threats

by Liz Ortega 

Berkeley, CA The University of California’s largest union today gave UC Administrators notice that its members will participate in a one day Unfair Labor Practice Strike of UC Campuses and Medical Centers on November 20th. AFSCME 3299 Service and Patient Care workers will be joined on the picket lines by members of the California Nurses Association and UC Santa Cruz’ Skilled Crafts Unit (K7—also represented by AFSCME 3299)—each of whom have authorized a sympathy strike and given notice to UC.

The Strike stems from a coordinated campaign of illegal intimidation, coercion, and threats against UC Patient Care and Service Workers who participated in a two day walkout back in May over unsafe staffing levels at taxpayer supported UC hospitals—which posted record profits just this week. Continue reading

protest

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is NAFTA on Steroids

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a Corporate Coup

Both Bush & Obama have kept negotiations secret – TPP is not about free trade

Edited by Jim Hightower and Phillip Frazer

Reposted from Hightower Lowdown

This thing is a supersized and nuclearized NAFTA, the 1994 trade scam rammed through Congress by Bill Clinton, Wall Street’s Robert Rubin, and the entire corporate establishment. They promised that the “glories of globalization” would shower prosperity across our land. They lied. Corporations got the gold. We got the shaft–thousands of factories closed, millions of middle-class jobs went south, and the economies of hundreds of towns and cities (including Detroit) were hollowed out. (Most Mexicans got the NAFTA shafta, too. US grain traders like ADM dumped corn into Mexico, wiping out millions of peasant farmers’ livelihoods, and thousands of local businesses were crushed when Walmart invaded with its Chinese-made wares.)

Twenty years later, the corporate gang that stuck us with NAFTA is back, hoping to fool us with an even more destructive multinational deal. This time we really must pay attention, because TPP is not just another trade Continue reading

BART Workers to Strike Midnight Tonight

Oakland, CA Oct 17 – Radio news stations are reporting that the unions will strike BART at midnight tonight.

CBS, at SanFrancisco.cbslocal.com reports :

BART Unions Announce Midnight Strike As Negotiations Reach Impasse

October 17, 2013 4:42 PM, OAKLAND  – Unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit workers announced a midnight strike after an impasse in contract talks Thursday afternoon.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 issued a statement just before 4 p.m. announcing “Unions to strike when trains return to station tonight.”

A union leader announced Thursday that BART and union negotiators have agreed on economic, health care and pension issues, but remained apart on work rule issues.

Roxanne Sanchez, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, said that workers would go on strike at midnight unless officials agree to submit the remaining issue to arbitration.

“I’m sorry, I’m regretful,” Sanchez said at a news conference outside Caltrans offices on Grand Avenue in Oakland where negotiations have been taking place.

“The employer has been unwilling to reach an agreement or to settle these disputes without a strike,” Sanchez Continue reading

Color Wanted Poster

BART Unions Continue Talks – Monday Strike Deadline

 Re posted from SEIU1021.org

Oakland, CA  October 11, 2013 Bargaining teams for BART’s unions, SEIU 1021, ATU 1555, AFSCME 3993 released the following statement on the state of negotiations:

“Tonight we’ve had two significant changes at the bargaining table: elected BART Board members are now involved and engaged in negotiations in addition to Bay Area legislative leaders who agree on the need to avoid a strike.  The Unions expect that the BART General Manager will sit down Continue reading