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[By Nathan Wyss | 24 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
US Congressman George Miller joins OUR Walmart strikers at the store in Richmond, Calif. (Nathan Wyss/ CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Amid the Black Friday shopping frenzy, workers, protesters, labor groups launched what they called a nationwide strike against big box retailer Walmart in protest of the company’s treatment of employees.

The company said the strikes, which took place at select stores around the country, were “made for TV” events attended largely by non-Walmart employees.

San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 13 Oct 2010 | No Comments]
Hotel Protest

SAN FRANCISCO — Approximately 850 hotel workers made good on a promise to walk off the job Wednesday to participate in a six-day strike after tenuous labor negotiations between hotel management and the labor union representing the employees.

Workers at the Hilton Union Square, the area’s largest hotel, picketed in front of the building’s entrances. Union organizers said they would continue the picket line until Tuesday morning.

Traffic & Transit »

[By California Beat | 16 Aug 2009 | No Comments]

Fruitful negotiations over the weekend between BART management and the lone union that rejected the agency’s contract proposal has averted a potentially disastrous strike that would have crippled the Bay Area’s highways and thoroughfares Monday morning.

The announcement about an accord between ATU Local 1555 and BART occurred at around 6:30 p.m. Sunday as commuters were preparing last minute plans to figure out how they would get to work the next day without the region’s public transportation workhorse.

With the strike called off, many will get to breathe a sigh of relief. BART trains will now operate as scheduled.

Traffic & Transit »

[By California Beat | 11 Aug 2009 | No Comments]

OAKLAND — The union representing BART’s train operators and station agents rejected the agency’s latest contract proposal Monday night in a surprising move that shattered union leaders’ and district managements’ hopes that a negotiated labor deal would finally be reached.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 voted down the deal 406 to 224 during a day-long voting session that brought in about 70 percent of union membership Monday. The defeat signified just how fragile the negotiated contract was and brings talks back to square one with the growing possibility that BART workers could walk off the job.

Traffic & Transit »

[By California Beat | 23 Jun 2009 | No Comments]

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 — the labor union representing BART’s train operators and other personnel — passed a strike authorization vote Tuesday evening, as Bay Area transportation officials started sounding alarm bells warning commuters that the region could come to a standstill as early as next Wednesday if BART employees walk off the job after their current contract expires on June 30 and a new one isn’t ratified.

ATU members spent much of Tuesday evening casting ballots at their Oakland union hall. Putting the possibility of a strike on the bargaining table would give ATU and other BART employee unions much more leverage in securing a contract to their liking with the agency. Union heads said 98 or 99 percent of the votes were in support of a potential strike if labor negotiations crumbled further.