Local 21 members honor one-day strike at Golden Gate Bridge


Machinists Local 1414 members held an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike against the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District Tuesday, Sept. 16. IFPTE Local 21 members, also part of the Coalition, joined the picket lines and honored the strike.

[Click here to see photos of Tuesday’s action].

The one-day strike comes as a result of the District not honoring a retiree healthcare agreement made in 2012. The announcement came Monday afternoon, following another round of negotiations resulting in no settlement.

“We cannot trust the District on healthcare, and this ULP shows why the Machinists and the Coalition will not agree to the healthcare concessions being pushed by the District at the bargaining table,” said Art Gonzalez of Machinists Local 1414.

Traffic at the Bridge was not impacted during Tuesday’s action. However, other unions as part of the Coalition have voted to authorize additional strike actions if negotiations continue to stall.

“We are going on strike to show the District we are willing to lose pay to stand up for healthcare,” said Gonzalez.

The Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition includes ferry deckhands and captains; bus servicers and mechanics; bridge ironworkers and inspectors; and construction tradesmen and women. Approximately 450 workers are part of the Labor Coalition.

Go to www.goldengatelabor.com to sign the petition and ask the District to settle with these workers.