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

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

BART riders in Station

BART Strike Facts – 1% vs. the 99% – Again

by Armean Megroian

BART workers and their Unions are being forced into a strike which will begin on Thursday Oct. 11th.  This will cause congestion on roadways and bridges of Bay Area. But while you’re sitting in heavy traffic and stewing, don’t curse the so called overpaid, lazy Union workers. Acquaint yourself with a few facts first. Of course you know, that you will not get actual facts from the corporate media, only melodrama. Continue reading

BART Strikers

BART Workers Call for Labor-Community Rally – Tues Oct 8

Rally and March, Tuesday October 8

Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza, 5pm

BART General Manager Grace Crunican sits on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Council, a group of Bay Area CEOs and managers working to bring down wages and working conditions for all of us. Help strategize and organize to beat back the Wisconsin attacks in the Bay Area.

When BART workers went on strike July 1, the whole Bay Area was Continue reading

flying squad

Opinion: Strike Threat Wins Oregon Public Workers Zero-Concessions Contract

by Shamus Cooke

re-posted from LaborNotes

After years of painful backsliding, the state workers of Oregon’s largest union, Service Employees 503, scored a big win this summer in contract negotiations against Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber.

The governor had demanded many concessions that attacked health care, wages, and work conditions, but backed down when the union proved organized and ready to wage a statewide strike.

A strike would have shut down many Continue reading

ballot-box-

AC Transit Workers Reject Austerity Contract by 257 “Yes” to 576 “No” Votes

Voting all day Saturday, August 17, and late into the night, the members of ATU Local 192, employees of Alameda Contra Costa Transit, have rejected the Tentative Agreement negotiated by their Local’s leadership by more than 2 to 1. One member who voted “no” explained that the contract, which included substantial increases in monthly payments for medical, “put money in one pocket and took it out of the other”. After accounting for Continue reading

Train + Bus + Ferry

Transport Workers call for AC Transit-BART Solidarity Against Concessions

The Transport Workers Solidarity Committee (TWSC), a group of  BART, longshore, ferry, and AC transit workers, is distributing a leaflet to the AC Transit employees represented by ATU Local 192.The leaflet calls for transportation worker solidarity against the austerity give-backs demanded by both BART and AC Transit in their recent negotiations. The Local 192 workers Continue reading