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 >>
San Francisco's Hyatt Hotels and the labor unions are once again bickering about best practices. Back in July, if you'll remember, hotel workers picketed outside the Grand Hyatt Union Square, protesting difficult working conditions and calling for a boycott of the chain. This time, the dispute is ... More >>
Hellman's Frankenstein Monster Just a year after Warren Hellman launched The Bay Citizen, the editorial newsroom decided to officially unionize. On May 26, The Bay Citizen signed union cards indicating they want to join the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of The Newspaper Guild-Communica ... 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 >>
We'd protest too...A half dozen men from Carpenters Local Union 152 picketed outside the Safeway at Fourth and King Friday morning. It seems they didn't make much of a splash. For one, they held rather vague signs about what the mammoth grocers' alleged sins were. And, unless you were on foot -- ... More >>
'Jetson, you're fired! And since you're an illegal alien, I can't be forced to rehire you by the NLRB!'Employers were seemingly given broader license to fire illegal immigrants at will by a San Francisco federal appeals court, which ruled this week that a company cannot be forced to hire back f ... More >>
Mama Mia! Da NLRB a-rule against mia protest!Late last month, we wrote about the head-turning sight of burly union carpenters dressed as Italian pizza chefs. The theatrical protest in front of Amici's East Coast Pizzeria in Mission Bay disguised a convoluted, modern-day Rashomon, complete with brawl ... More >>
Atsa spicy protest! San Francisco is a town where you can often turn more heads wearing a three-piece suit than nothing at all. And yet, the sight of two burly union carpenters from the Local 22 handing out fliers in front of Amici's Pizza on King Street -- while dressed as Italian chefs - still ma ... More >>
By John Geluardi Three Contra Costa Times reporters, who say they were targeted for layoffs once they succeeded in forming a union, filed an appeal last week with the federal labor board after the board rejected their initial complaint for lack of evidence. Last July, just weeks after organizers ... More >>
By John Geluardi Bay Area News Group – East Bay) managers have rescinded the eight newsroom layoffs they announced last week after the company’s new union filed a complaint with the National Labors Relations Board. Managers told the eight employees who are part of the bargaining unit that ... More >>
Segregation and racism are used to pit black and Latino carpenters against each other at a low-income-housing site
The Guild is up against a cost-cutting mogul and declining revenues, but the union continues to seek converts
How a once-proud San Francisco television station became ground zero in the nation's most controversial experiment in local TV news.
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
Week of February 19, 2003
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San Francisco bike messengers hit some nasty economic potholes as they struggle to unionize
Is that forced Safeway smile a customer service, or an annoying attempt to control?
How Susie Tompkins Buell built, wrecked, and sued San Francisco's legendary Esprit de Corp. clothing company, and why she still gets to sit next to President Clinton
There's a new and nasty labor-management war. Health care is the battlefield. San Francisco is the front line.