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 >>
Now that Twitter has created a seismic shift in local property values and single-handedly transformed San Francisco's downtown retail corridor, it's facing the ire of union activists who are accusing the company of shafting its security workers. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) rec ... More >>
While cheering the opening of the new Bay Bridge today, let's not forget that the Bay Area still has some other serious transportation problems unfolding in front of us. Amid a 60-day cooling off period, BART labor unions are already reporting that tension between them and management are not actua ... More >>
It's become sexy to talk about Silicon Valley in stark social class terms. George Packer steered the conversation in an epic New Yorker article, waxing nostalgic about orchards and Eichler homes even as he documented the dissolute lifestyles of today's newly minted tech elite. Shortly thereafter, Sa ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Denizens of the Financial District may have seen -- or, more likely, heard -- recent demonstrations by unionized janitors, who have threatened to strike if negotiations with the city, Macy's, and the Westfield mall aren't resolved by today. Buildings don't clean themselves, however, and ads for scab ... More >>
Court workers who walked off the job this morning are gathered in front of the San Francisco Superior Court House, where they plan to picket throughout the day. SF Weekly correspondent Jeff Sandstoe caught up with some of the nearly 200 demonstrators, who are being represented by the Service Employe ... More >>
Matt SmithTime to put the signs back in the shed.The Service Employees International Union yesterday decisively won an election to represent 43,000 workers at Kaiser medical facilities around California, an occurrence academic observers predict could be the death knell for dissident leader ... More >>
A fight between two unions here could set the course of the U.S. labor movement.
Karl Marx would be proudCalifornia's largest labor union is getting behind a ballot initiative that would allow governments within the state to regulate and tax marijuana, as the Service Employees International Union announced today that it would back Proposition 19 on this November's ballot.Obse ... More >>
Your government in action...Official fired for criticizing sale asked to air beefs in Sacramento next week; he says government is looking for "exit strategy." Top California Democratic Party players are piling on a movement to scuttle Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to sell 24 state buildings a ... More >>
School's out -- forever? California has the highest inmate recidivism rate in the country: 70 percent. Now, as a result of a $250 million budget cut in prison education programs, the state is gearing up to liquidate programs, slash in-class hours, fire more than 800 of the state's 1,200 prison te ... More >>
We here at The Snitch have followed the long-running murmurs about a future state constitutional convention with interest. After all, in a state as saturated with moneyed interests and crippled by partisan hackery as California, just what rough beast might be born from a thorough redesign of our met ... More >>
At Guantanamo, hunger strikes don't end earlyThis just in from the San Francisco Labor Council: Apparently a group of workers have broken off their fast at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's local office on Post Street. The workers' hunger strike was the latest in a series of local events and rallies organized ... More >>
The Service Employees International union ran up a bill of nearly $2 million with an international security firm specializing in industrial espionage, hired to assist the January takeover of dissident Oakland-based affiliate United Healthcare Workers-West, according to a complaint filed in San Franc ... More >>
The National Union Of Healthcare Workers, a renegade splinter union formed in January when the Service Employees International Union ousted the leadership of its 120,000-member United Healthcare West affiliate, claims to be near stealing away 50,000 workers at Kaiser Permanente.The new union is hold ... More >>
This summer, the Service Employees International Union plans to spend some $50 million to ensure passage of a labor-friendly law that would allow any workforce to join a union if more than half of its employees sign a petition. Currently, workers approve whether a union should represent them in elec ... More >>
The leader of an Oakland-based health-care affiliate of the Service Employees International Union said Monday that workers may quit the union en masse if SEIU president Andy Stern follows through on a threat to take over the affiliate. "If the SEIU International forces us into trusteeship, we will c ... More >>
Andy Stern, boss of the two-million-member Service Employees International Union, sent an ultimatum Thursday to California health care workers ordering them to accept a deal critics say will undermine the rights of elderly nursing home patients. The ultimatum comes after Stern claimed last fall that ... More >>
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 >>
By Matt SmithThe Service Employees International Union plans to spend $50 million during the coming months lobbying for a bill that would make it harder for employers to fight against unionization drives.But critics of the union's national leader, Andy Stern, say ongoing scandals in California may s ... More >>
Will a lobbyist for a local healthcare union extend a bill proven bad for patients' health?
Could there be a secret deal with Arnold on health care that will inflate union rolls?
SEIU members in Northern California challenge the national boss over his collaboration with employers
Week of 4-25-2007
The secret deal worked out between SEIU bosses and nursing home owners denies union members the right to speak out, strike, or protect patients
On many fronts, the spiteful are doing harmful things that you should know about
SEIU lobbies for nursing home chains. Clint Reilly vs. Jack Davis, redux. Kerry raises money for Reilly's wife. Fabulous. Absolutely Fabulous.
How the nursing home industry, organized labor, John Burton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are cooperating to guarantee giant health care corporations huge profits -- using billions of your dollars
Week of Wednesday, July 14, 2004
The California service employees' union and the nursing home industry join forces to increase corporate profit, grow union membership, and sell out abused nursing home patients
A journalist frets about job security, then realizes things could be worse -- he could be a janitor at Yahoo!
There's a new and nasty labor-management war. Health care is the battlefield. San Francisco is the front line.
Janitors claim building managers are treating them like dirt