The Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition needs your help!

 

Workers at the Golden Gate Bridge District, including some Local 21 members, are currently holding strike authorization votes, the results of which will be announced early next week. The employees—ferry deckhands and captains; bus servicers and mechanics; bridge ironworkers and inspectors; and construction tradesmen and women—have been working without a contract since July 1.

These 450 workers are members of the unions that make up the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition. The Coalition is pulling out all the stops to make these workers’ voices heard and encourage the District Board of Directors to come to an agreement that gives members a real wage increase to close the gap on their 12% lag behind the cost of living—and relief from the proposed increase in healthcare premiums.

The Coalition launched www.goldengatelabor.com last week, in addition to radio ads, and is getting some earned media, as well. Click here for a great editorial that ran in Monday’s Marin Independent Journal.

The website has a link to a petition the Coalition is asking the public to sign in support of these workers and to send a strong message to the District that neither the public nor the Coalition members want a strike. And it can be prevented if the District does the right thing.

The Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition is made up of 13 unions and includes the Machinists, Laborers Teamsters, Plumbers, Ironworkers, Carpenters and IBEW.