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Striking SEIU workers shut down operations at Port of Oakland

Striking workers brought operations to a halt at gates to the Port of Oakland this morning, leaving more than 100 trucks lined up waiting to get in.

SEIU Local 1021 and the port have been trying for months to negotiate a new contract to cover just over 220 workers. Those workers include, among other staff, electricians, clerical workers, security and janitors.

About 100 trucks lined Middle Harbor Road outside the Port’s gates Tuesday morning as about 200 workers and union supporters carried signs, blocking most entrances. The strike is being honored by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, who load and unload cargo containers on ships and trucks at the port, effectively shutting down port operations.

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