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, [...]
From respected writer and photographer David Bacon:
Janitors March and Threaten to Strike
The national confrontation between janitors and some of the world’s richest property owners has arrived San Francisco, where on Wednesday over two thousand building cleaners shut down the city’s main artery, Market Street, in a huge march. Later twenty-seven workers and supporters [...]
The Port of Oakland announced it is undertaking actions to cope with stalled contract negotiations with Service Employees International Union Local 1021.
The agreement between the union and the Oakland port expired June 30, 2011. The union represents 250 janitorial, maintenance and security workers.
The port and SEIU had reached and signed a tentative agreement [...]
Port of Oakland
City of Oakland and port leaders are gearing up for a potential legal fight over a city proposal to end the port’s autonomy in establishing personnel rules for employees.
Port officials say the proposed amendment to city law violates Oakland’s charter and would add another layer of costly bureaucracy to port [...]
Mike Elk of “In These Times” mentioned the ILWU in a recent article along with other union victories:
For the first time in my journalism career, during one week I wrote four stories about workers winning tough fights. … This extraordinarily rare string of victories leads me to believe that despite major attacks [...]
Colombia FTA protest
What brought Jose Hugo Yanini and other Colombian unionists to Washington is a simple demand that the U.S. simply not continue to do business with a country where speaking out for labor rights can be a death sentence.
Beyond labor issues, Colombia suffers from a whole range of crises: a [...]
Rite Aid rally
Rite Aid workers at the company’s massive Southwest Distribution Center in Lancaster, Calif., declared victory on May 1 in their five-year effort to form a union and improve working conditions.
Workers signed a three-year tentative contract with management—subject to a May 12 membership ratification vote—that will improve conditions at the million-square-foot [...]