Golden Gate Bridge District Members Settle Contracts

After 11 months of fierce bargaining and several demonstrations, our Members at the Golden Gate Bridge District have new contract agreements.  Local 21 has been negotiating as part of the 13-union Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition.  After our public actions, the District dropped many draconian proposals, and the new contracts include wage increases that keep pace with cost of living increases and preserve healthcare.  The three-year Labor Coalition deal includes 3% raises each year, and a small increase in premium sharing -- about 0.2% in wages a year for Blue Shield PPO-participating Members.

These negotiations have been difficult and our Members honored the picket lines of coalition unions at a Machinists Local 1414 strike and a Ferry Strike held by Marine Engineers' Beneficial Associationcaptains. Actions escalated in October when Teamsters Locals 665 and 856 announced that all their GGB units would go on a one-day strike at the bus division.  The District requested that the Governor’s office intervene and call for a 60-day cooling off period.  Governor Brown did not need to intercede because soon after, the District submitted an offer with raises and reduced its healthcare premium-sharing proposal dramatically.  In December, side table bargaining sessions were held with the District and the framework for a settlement was reached. The L21 Engineering Unit made some minor language changes and added language that the District should provide necessary safety equipment to Members. The L21 Allied Unit won language that provides for wage equity adjustments of 7.5% for two represented classifications.  Finally, the District agreed to drop management’s draconian proposal to eliminate comp time for all Allied Unit members.

Although the District succeeded in implementing a toxic healthcare plan option, it is clear that the Labor Coalition campaign resulted in a much better contract than what had been on the table on July 1, 2014. For example, in June 2014, District Painters, represented by a unaffiliated non-Labor Coalition union, accepted a much worse three-year contract with only a 2% in wages each year and a tripling in the cost of their Members' healthcare premiums.