Members of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition on Tuesday held a one-day unfair labor practice strike at Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District offices near the bridge’s tollbooths. The 450 workers in the unions that make up the coalition have been working without a contract since July 1.
San Francisco taxi drivers last week voted to form the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance (SFTWA) and affiliate with the National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA). They are the second group of taxi workers in recent weeks to join with NTWA following the Montgomery County (Md.) Professional Drivers Union’s affiliation.
The 450 workers in the 13 unions that comprise the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition have authorized a strike if a new agreement cannot be reached. The ferry deckhands and captains; bus servicers and mechanics; bridge ironworkers and inspectors; and construction tradesmen and women have been working without a contract since July 1.
Some 4,000 International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 21 members who work for the city of San Francisco help make that vibrant and diverse city work for everyone. This new IFPTE video, “A San Francisco for Everyone,” highlights a number of those workers who talk about how their jobs impact the city and its residents.
It was announced yesterday, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike was blocked for a 60-day cooling-off period. A San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered the period requested by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
The New York Times recently reported on how small business owners in certain cities are dealing with paid sick days laws. The takeaway? These new requirements have caused very little pain. The article highlights Bill Stone, the owner of Café Atlas in San Francisco's Mission District, who was initially leery of paid sick days for his employees back in 2007 when San Francisco became the first city in the nation to implement a paid sick leave law. In 2007 Bill felt that the new paid sick law would only make it more expensive to run his business.
Union bakers at San Francisco’s famous Dianda’s Italian-American Pastry Co. have been creating some of the city’s most loved cakes and pastries since the Mission district bakery opened its doors in 1962. What is the secret to their long success? Happy workers, time-honored recipes and loyal customers.
San Francisco cab driver Brad Newsham does not believe that corporations are people and that money is free speech. And he wanted to do something big to get his point across. So he went to the beach, brought a helicopter and 1,000 friends. This video shows what happened next.
This is a cross-post from the California Labor Federation's blog, Labor's Edge, by Danielle Tipton.
There is no issue more important in California and America right now than jobs. All of us know someone struggling to find one—you might even be struggling to find one yourself. So why is our tax money helping to ship jobs to other countries?