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Labor Strikes and Disputes

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    BART Unions: We're Ready to Return to Work

    Accusations flew Friday as BART trains stood still and some 400,000 Bay Area commuters struggled to find another way to work. BART workers went on strike at midnight Friday following a breakdown of marathon 28-hour negotiations over details for a new labor contract, specifically a proposed pay incr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    BART Strike Averted Again, Negotiations Continue

    Nothing has changed over at the negotiating table" There's no BART strike, but there's also no labor deal yet. Last night after another day of nonstop negotiations, federal mediator, George Cohen fired off a statement to the public at about 11:30 p.m., alerting everyone that they can sleep well kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Burger King, Taco Bell Employees Hungry for More Pay, Plan to Walk Off The Job This Week

    Looks like you'll have to cancel that weekly family dinner at Burger King. Fast-food workers over at Wendy's McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and other greasy chains are planning to walk off the job Thursday as part of a nationwide "unprecedented strike" over pay. The workers want $15 an hour, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    BART Strike Might Be Back On

    So remember all those posts we wrote earlier this week about the BART strike being narrowly averted? Uh, just kidding. Maybe. BART's unions renewed their strike threat Thursday, announcing that if they don't see progress at the bargaining table by this evening, they may issue yet another 48 hour not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    BART Strike: Gov. Brown Will Ask Court To Save Bay Area

    If you're a BART commuter, you have a governor -- and a judge -- to thank if you get to work on time Monday. With the Bay Area mere days away from the second BART strike in as many months, it was Gov. Jerry Brown who came to the rescue on Friday. Brown -- who last week bought Bay Area commuters a we ... More >>

  • News

    August 7, 2013
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    August 2, 2013

    BART Prepares to Bring the Pain

    BART management and labor negotiations continue, and, Godwilling, they've even agreed on the shape of the table. The shape of contract talks and what it means for the transit agency's 367,000-odd daily riders remains amorphous. Delivering news as pleasant as a soiled BART seat, longtime Board of Dir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    BART Is Shelling Out $15K a Month on PR for Labor Dispute

    A labor fight is somewhat like a divorce. Your dirty laundry and finances are aired in public over months -- or years -- of ugly strife and even uglier squabbling, after which you end up with less than you had hoped. But at least with a divorce you end up single, which makes a labor struggle that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    BART Strike: Negotiations Pause While BART Negotiator Goes on Vacation

    BART riders received multiple reprieves last week during the agency's first labor strike in 16 years: 1. the four-and-a-half day strike came on a short week punctuated by a holiday. And 2. the transit agency's labor unions agreed to go back to work for 30 days on July 5 in order to flesh out a labor ... More >>

  • News

    July 10, 2013
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    June 28, 2013

    Not Just BART, But the Whole Damn City of Oakland Is Going on Strike

    Along with not being able to BART to work come Monday, you also won't get your street swept or sewer line fixed if you're living in Oakland. Oakland city workers this morning announced the big news that they, too, will walk off the job on Monday at 7 a.m. in protest of stalled labor negotiations. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    KRON4 Labor Woes Drag On

    Just like BART employees, fruit pickers, janitors, and pretty much everyone else who isn't in the tech industry, newsmakers over at KRON4 are not happy with their paychecks. Last week, contract negotiations between KRON4 employees -- represented by the SAG-AFTRA union -- and management broke down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    The Financial District is Still the Best Place to Protest for Fair Wages

    A sea of purple T-shirts was crowding downtown San Francisco as hundreds of union security workers marched through the streets to bring attention to their contract negotiations with security and janitorial contracting companies ABM Security and Universal Protection Service (UPS). While the march a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Symphony Timpanist David Herbert Explains Why He's Ditching S.F. for Chicago Orchestra

    As we told you yesterday, roughly 100 of the SF Symphony musicians went on strike in protest of a prolonged wage battle with their management. The musicians, who canceled today's performance, are demanding a raise, citing the astronomical rent in San Francisco and real concerns that the local talent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Museum Workers, Janitors Are Ready to Strike (Update)

    Update (4 p.m.):Janitors are planning to negotiate with management through the night, and hope they can reach a satisfying deal by the morning. If not, then Ahsha Safai, political organizer for the janitor's union, says a strike could come next. "The members have already authorized a strike, it's ju ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 4, 2012
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    May 23, 2012

    Court Workers to Decide on Possible Strike

    There are few experiences in San Francisco more excruciating than waiting in line outside the Hall of Justice to take care of a traffic ticket. People crane their necks, instinctively trying to snatch a sight of the front of the line. Somebody inevitably says, "Why are three of the windows closed?" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Occupy Decides Not to Occupy the Golden Gate Bridge After All

    (Update 5:15 p.m.): The Golden Gate Larkspur and Sausalito ferries will not be in service tomorrow due to a planned strike as part of the May Day action. The ferries will resume service again after 2 p.m., according to transit officials. Hopefully, this gives ferry commuters some time to make altern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Boots Riley: Oakland General Strike Is "Like Us Flashing Our Guns"

    via EKA PhotographyBoots Riley at Occupy Oakland​ The Occupy movement doesn't have a leader, but Oakland activist-rapper Boots Riley is serving as one sort of de facto spokesman for his hometown's defiant occupation, lending the collective grievances a high-profile voice. Inspired by public g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Oakland Dogpiles on Mayor Jean Quan

    Mayor Jean Quan has had better days ​Now that she has somewhat placated Occupy Oakland protesters, Mayor Jean Quan is pissing off police and the business community. Like a mother with rivaling children, Quan is stuck trying to balance the demands of both police and protesters as the city braces fo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    S.F. Ferry Ticketers to Strike Today to Protest Automation

    Matt SmithMr. Ferry Boat doesn't like to get angry.​UPDATE: Media outlets are reporting that the planned strike has been called off. Original story 7:25 a.m.:Ticket taking on the Golden Gate ferry system has been one of the last manual labor jobs kept safe from automation. But that may change with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Muni Operators Vote to Authorize Strike -- City Threatens to Sue

    Negotiations are as spotty as Muni service ... ​It wouldn't feel right at this point if negotiations between Muni and its operators went smoothly. And it appears even the drivers are prepping for the worst -- the union has voted in favor of a strike should negotiations break down. A preliminary vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    'Muni Sickout' San Francisco's Own Quran-Burning Moment

    Is this the braniac behind the Muni 'sickout' flier?​With threats of a Muni sickout receding into the distance, San Franciscans can get back to their usual litany of complaints about our transit service: urine, loons, crime, loud music, the driver accelerating while you're trying to sit down, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    No Muni 'Sickout' -- Yet

    No sickout here...​If Muni drivers do hope to pull off a "sickout," it's gotten off to an anemic start. While an anonymous, all-caps flier urged drivers to call in sick en masse from yesterday to Sept. 17, that hasn't happened -- yet. Per the flier, "ALL TRANSIT OPERATORS WILL CALL IN SICK ON SEPT ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Labor Dispute Over Solar Panels Heats Up

    Members of Aboriginal Blackmen United wait for a meeting with City Administrator Ed Lee​A labor dispute over solar technology is heating up, with one union now considering legal action against the city, and a Bayview worker's group visiting City Hall to demand meetings with top officials.At issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Convention & Visitors Bureau Kicks Out Unruly Union

    ​Since its labor contract expired in August 2009, hotel workers' union Unite Here Local 2 has spent months waving signs in hotel-visitors' faces and generally causing a ruckus (this is, after all, how labor actions work) in its efforts to win a new labor contract. Tired of this crap, this week the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    The Coast Should Be Clear for Alice Waters' Book Signing Next Weekend

    ​There sure was a whole lot of hullabaloo surrounding Alice Waters this week, but, as Eater SF reports, it ended with a fizzle. In other words, it won't be some great act of political defiance to go see Waters when she hits sweet little Noe Valley shop Omnivore Books on Food to sign copies of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Bay Links: Ballard, Booksellers, & Santa

    The eminently quotable Nathan Ballard!​Top five Nathan Ballard quotes. [Sweet Melissa]Quick, where did you stash your slutty Santa costume last year???? [Laughing Squid]Local booksellers not carrying Palin book: ""We're a small store and it would probably gross us all out." [SFgate]The best new bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    BART Strike Would Impact 40 Percent of Employees ... In the Communications Department

    ​When one juxtaposes the terms "union negotiations" and "BART," images of men and women in jumpsuits driving or fixing trains come to mind. You don't think of spokespeople or anyone with the term "multi-media" in his or her job. But you should. Of the five employees in BART's communications depart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    U.C. Employees' Picket Line Blocks Out Gavin Newsom

    Will HarperIf ever you were looking to keep Gavin Newsom away, scare up a picket line Employees of the University of California vociferously protesting proposed fee hikes and furlough days had an unforeseen consequence on the plans of one Mayor Gavin Newsom -- who may or may not have a Santa Clara U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of General Strike Falls Amid Renewed Police-Labor Feud

    See you on the waterfrontThis Sunday, July 5, San Francisco's International Longshore and Warehouse Union will hold a procession to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Bloody Thursday, the clash between police and striking longshoremen during the city's 1934 General Strike that led to a permanent lo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Gavin's Dilemma: Dis Firefighters or Darling of LGBT Political Community?

    Who should I snub? Ballard! My magic eight-ball!If you were Gavin Newsom -- and, odds are, you weren't -- these were your choices: Head to last weekend's U.S. Conference of Mayor's in Providence, R.I. and talk about your treasurer's innovative economic plan and a former supervisor's innovative healt ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008
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    February 6, 2008
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    November 30, 2007
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    November 5, 2007
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    October 25, 2007
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    January 3, 2007
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    May 4, 2005

    Darth Vega to the Rescue

    New Chronicle Publisher Frank Vega has been cast as a villain, but he may be just what the Hearst empire needs to defeat the dark forces of the new economy

  • News

    March 30, 2005

    I Picket, Ergo Sum

    With philosophy on their side, there's no way San Francisco hotel workers can't win their labor dispute

  • News

    October 27, 2004

    Apathy to the Rescue

    How to make the undecideds break for Kerry? Threaten to turn off Survivor and Friends reruns.

  • News

    October 20, 2004

    Maid in San Francisco

    Secretly, don't you hope the hospitality multinationals crush those loud, annoying, striking hotel workers? Find out. Take the quiz.

  • News

    January 22, 2003

    Bent Outta Shape

    San Francisco bike messengers hit some nasty economic potholes as they struggle to unionize

  • News

    June 5, 2002

    Off the Waterfront

    News media have abandoned the labor beat and missed a story of global financial import: the looming possibility of a longshoremen's strike at West Coast ports

  • Culture

    February 28, 2001

    Treat Him Write

    Sam Hamm writes great scripts. So why do they rarely get made?

  • News

    March 24, 1999

    Strike While the Iron Is Hot

    Bike messengers organizing for April 15 walkout

  • News

    May 14, 1997

    Unhealthy Debate

    There's a new and nasty labor-management war. Health care is the battlefield. San Francisco is the front line.

  • News

    May 14, 1997
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