Labor Unions

  • News

    October 23, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Untied We Stand: The Major Disconnect in the BART Strike Conversation

    Aside from leaving commuters stranded, what is this BART strike really accomplishing? What we do know is that it's definitely created momentum among all unions in the Bay Area. Along with a possible AC Transit walkout, there are striking concessionaires at AT&T Park, protesting security guards at G ... More >>

  • 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

    August 20, 2013

    Lusty Lady, North Beach Strip Club, to Close its Doors

    Sad news for the horny gents in town: San Francisco's Lusty Lady Strip Club is closing its doors in two weeks. The North Beach club, which is the only unionized strip club in the world, is closing after nearly four decades of servicing San Francisco 24 hours a day with its naked girls, popular pee ... More >>

  • News

    August 14, 2013
  • 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 3, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    BART Strike to Continue Tuesday

    Hopefully, Monday was enough time for you to learn how to get around town without the help of BART. If not, you still have Tuesday to nail down the perfect route. BART officials announced this evening that the strike will continue Tuesday, as union workers have shown no indication they will head b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    BART Workers File Lawsuit Against Transit Agency Over Violence and Crime, Strike Looms

    BART labor negotiations are breaking down faster than a train at rush hour. In the latest turn on the BART labor drama, two of the largest transit unions filed a lawsuit this morning, claiming that BART leaders are not bargaining in good faith, specifically when it comes to worker safety. Member ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Organized Labor Flexes Muscle for Medical Marijuana Dispensary

    Support from UFCW Helps Mission Organics Win PermitSan Francisco's reputation as a union town was hard-won on the docks and picket lines of the 1930s. Less violence accompanied the city being known as a haven for pot-smoking freaks, but it took the carnage of the AIDS epidemic for San Francisco to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Grass Roots Is First S.F. Medical Cannabis Dispensary to Join Union

    Look for the union label​San Francisco is known as a union town and a city rich with medical cannabis dispensaries. It was only a matter of time before the two intersected. A year after United Food and Commercial Workers began organizing medical cannabis operations in Oakland and Marin County, Gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Apple Employee Wants to Unionize

    Taking a bite out of Apple​There's a great scene in The Social Network where Andrew Garfield's character, Eduardo Saverin, storms into the Facebook office, picks up Mark Zuckerberg's laptop, and sends him a strong message by shattering it.That's the sort of scene we imagined when word got out that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Muni Contract Falls Through

    It's worse than a reality show ​Update: Union leaders deny leaking tentative deal to press ahead of time. Read more after jump. Muni operators overwhelmingly rejected a contract agreement last night -- and are squarely placing the blame on a Muni spokesman. As the Chron notes this morning, union o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Is Marijuana Union Battle Budding?

    Meanwhile, over at the pot dispensary...​Don't smoke that! Get a union man to smoke that! San Francisco is a famous union town, a reputation won on the docks. But this isn't the 1930s, and "budtenders" at cannabis dispensaries aren't the spitting image of striking longshoremen. Still, organi ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2010

    Labor Pains

    A fight between two unions here could set the course of the U.S. labor movement.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    SEIU Boss Andy Stern Quits. Bay Area Union War He Started Continues.

    Andy Stern is gone. His mess remains. ​Rivals of America's most powerful union boss, Andy Stern, have cheered the resignation of the SEIU's erstwhile leader. But Mark Brenner, director of Labor Notes, a magazine covering the U.S. union scene, says a Stern resignation will not quell bitter disputes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Tangling With Muni Union Helped Make Mayor Frank Jordan Into Ex-Mayor Jordan

    A number of work rules that may have made sense when this bus was new are still in Muni's union contract...​As many folks steaming on Muni know, the drivers' union last week spurned concessions that would have saved the city some $15 million -- while accepting city charter-mandated raises for $8 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2009

    Be Elated As You Ride BART Monday. Who Knows How Long It'll Last?

    Has BART found the map to smooth service?​If you were hoping to work from home Monday, your best excuse just pulled out of the station. BART and the tenacious ATU No. 1555 union reached a tentative accord yesterday. You can ride the morning train with a new-found enthusiasm Monday. See you over th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    BART, Unions Reach Accord -- Union Vote Could Come Next Week

    Seats: Still sticky. Union contracts: Tentatively agreed upon.​BART's trains don't run 24 hours -- but its negotiations with unions do. After an all-night session, bedraggled transit and union officials emerged, blinking, before cameras not long ago to announce a tentative pact.  Several sour ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    S.F. Labor Icon Jack Henning Dies -- But the Labor Movement He Joined As a Young Man Died Long Ago

    Jack HenningLabor leader Jack Henning, the president of the state's AFL-CIO from 1970 to 1996 and the man credited with helping pass bills that gave farm workers and government employees the right to form unions and strike, died today at his home in San Francisco. He was 93. According to a press rel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    SEIU Moves to Dismantle California Health Care Affiliate

    Service Employees International President Andy Stern today advanced a threat to dismantle the union's 150,000-member Northern California health care affiliate, announcing plans to move some 65,000 workers into a new group dedicated solely to providers of long-term nursing care. The move is seen in ... More >>

  • News

    October 1, 2008
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    July 15, 2008
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    February 20, 2008
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    February 6, 2008
  • News

    December 19, 2007

    Paper Chase

    The Guild is up against a cost-cutting mogul and declining revenues, but the union continues to seek converts

  • News

    June 6, 2007

    Mazzola Is Slippery

    The union boss has once more escaped punishment for funds diversion

  • News

    April 11, 2007

    Union Disunity

    The secret deal worked out between SEIU bosses and nursing home owners denies union members the right to speak out, strike, or protect patients

  • News

    June 21, 2006

    Filling the Civic Gap

    Meet Donald Fisher, the private billionaire with unprecedented sway over ordinary San Franciscans' lives

  • News

    May 4, 2005

    Labor's Pain

    Why it's unlikely there'll be a strike at the Chronicle this summer

  • News

    April 6, 2005

    Requiem for a Pension Fund?

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger launches an attack on CalPERS. The giant pension fund's Democratic allies aren't taking it lying down

  • News

    June 25, 2003

    Former Pimp Laid Low

    Muni union official suspended over racy book on whoremongering past; sexual harassment alleged

  • News

    January 22, 2003

    Bent Outta Shape

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

  • News

    March 15, 2000

    Closed Shop

    Organizer out of work after bucking SEIU 790's Willie Brown lovefest

  • News

    November 10, 1999

    Breaking Ranks

    Union leaders endorsed Willie Brown, but the rank and file has other ideas

  • Calendar

    June 23, 1999
  • News

    March 24, 1999

    Strike While the Iron Is Hot

    Bike messengers organizing for April 15 walkout

  • News

    December 2, 1998

    Rewarding Failure

    What's really wrong with Muni? For starters, one third of its employees don't show up to work, causing systemwide delays and costing the agency more that $20 million a year in overtime. First in a two-part special report

  • Calendar

    October 28, 1998
  • News

    August 19, 1998

    Crime and Patronage

    For more than a decade, three different mayors have let one man dole out government jobs to alleged murderers, crack dealers, and other serious felons. The question, obviously, is why.

  • Music

    March 11, 1998
  • Calendar

    January 7, 1998
  • Calendar

    August 20, 1997
  • 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
  • Calendar

    January 29, 1997
  • News

    December 4, 1996

    Temporary Solidarity

    With a new (powerful) champion in Silicon Valley, a recent court victory, and ranks that continue to swell by the day, long-beleaguered "contract workers" have reason to believe their house may not be so bleak after all.

  • News

    January 17, 1996

    Investing in Willie

    Integrated Health Services of Maryland puts its stock in Brown

  • News

    June 28, 1995

    Temps of the World, Unite!

    The Wobblies set out to organize temporary workers

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