Golden Gate Labor Coalition Members Speak Out!

Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition members, including unionized deckhands, captains, terminal assistants, mechanics, and other District workers all have been fighting for a new contract and to keep healthcare affordable for their families since April of 2011. The Golden Gate Bridge General Manager and Board have insisted on concessions to help them out of a short term budget challenge but have given the non-union employees at the District a raise in July of 2011. At the table, the union coalition has offered major concessions worth an estimated $2 million per year, and has been told by management that the District's financial needs have been met. The District is now insisting on principle, not on real economic need, that union members should be forced into a healthcare premium sharing plan that unfairly burdens families with the highest costs. The District is also insisting that retirees' vested healthcare benefits should be reduced. While the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District misguided policy of under staffing the ferries and buses means that boats, overloaded with bicycles, run later and later, stranding commuters.

Please watch the video and email or call Janet Reilly, President of the Board Of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge District at 415-921-5858.

TV News Video Clips:

CBS 5-Striking GG Ferry Workers, Occupy Activists Join In May Day Protests

CBS 5-Striking Ferry Workers Picket In May Day Protest

KTVU- LARKSPUR: Strick to shut down morning Golden Gate Ferry service Tuesday

ABC- Golden Gate Ferry Service to resume after strike

KTVU- Strike to shut down Golden Gate Ferry service Tuesday morning

Golden Gate Bridge District Press Release

KRON 4- Update: May Day Demonstrations Underway As Union Workers Stage One Day Strikes

ABC- Golden Gate Ferry strike planned for Tuesday

KALW Radio 91.7 FM- May Day brings unions and Occupy together

Print Media:

KTVU-Strike to shut down Golden Gate Ferry service Tuesday morning

Marin Independent Journal-May Day strikers hit Marin ferry service, Novato Community Hospital; Occupy Marin holds march, rally in San Rafael

KTVU Channel 2 News-Oakland May Day protest triggers arrests and tear gas

San Francisco Bay Guardian-May Day protests begin with ferry workers strike

CBS NEWS-US May Day protests planned, may disrupt commutes

Washington Post-Labor, immigration, Occupy activists combine for May Day protests that could disrupt commutes

Bloomber News-Occupy Starts New York May Day Protests With Chants, Waltzes

Business Week- Immigrant, labor, Occupy groups join for protests

NBC Bay Area- Occupy Takes to Oakland Streets Thousands march on the streets of Oakland Tuesday afternoon

New York Times-Arrests and Clashes Downtown as May Day Protests Spread

USA Today-Stinging gas sends May Day protesters in Oakland fleeing

BBC NEWS-Occupy Wall Street stages day of US protests

San Jose Mercury News-San Francisco Bay Area: May Day Protests 2012

UTICA Observer Dispatch-May Day protests under way -- locally, nationally, globally

The Statesmen(Austin TX) Clashes flare at some May Day protests

The TimesStandard-Oakland: Hundreds rally at Fruitvale BART station

Associated Press-Stinging gas in Oakland sends May Day protesters fleeing, police take 4 into custody

Daily Democrat-Hundreds gather in Oakland and San Francisco for May Day protests

CNBC-Occupy takes May Day protests to streets

SALON-What to expect on May Day

CNN-San Francisco Bay ferry service suspended in anticipation of protest

San Francisco Chronicle-Occupy SF, Oakland plan May Day rallies, pickets

Two Marin ferries cancelled due to worker strikes

Patch.com-Ferry Workers Call Strike A Success

SF Appeal-May 1 Workers' Action To Shut Down Golden Gate Bridge Cancelled, Ferry Service Targeted Instead

Occupy Oakland and Workers Back Off Plan to Shut Down the Golden Gate Bridge for May Day

Marin Independent Journal-Golden Gate Bridge workers call for strike Tuesday, urge protesters to keep span open

Phil Matier on CBS-Contract Battle Sets Up Possible ‘Occupy’ Shutdown Attempt On Golden Gate Bridge

Marin Independent Journal-Golden Gate Ferry workers, Sutter nurses to strike as part of May Day protests

Oakland Tribune-May Day strike to shut down Tuesday morning ferry service

Huffington Post-Occupy The Golden Gate Bridge: Activist Group Plans Shutdown Of Iconic Span

Day of action on May 1 could lead to Occupy takeover of Golden Gate Bridge

Occupy factions, divided in tactics, to start anew