It was a bad day for Big Macs, but a good day for workers.
Joining a nationwide day of action, a wave of over a hundred protesters crowded into a Oakland McDonald's, on Jackson street, demanding fast food workers to join in the strike.
Four employees joined in the strike, and others briefly joined the march outside.
100 cities across the country held similar strikes, with workers in Detroit, New York City and more demanding a livable wage of $15 an hour.
The protest was nationally led by labor unions, including the SEIU, but locally it was led by men like Jose Martinez. Martinez led the strike at KFC some time back, and was one of the organizers at the forefront of today's action at McDonald's and other fast food outlets.
"It's a movement for all fast food workers to come together and fight for our rights," he said.
Standing with Martinez in Oakland, rapper, performer and music producer Boots Riley said he was in support of the fast food workers' movement.
"Fighting to raise wages of anyone helps everyone, a high tide raises all boats," he told the Guardian. "You help make that profit, your labor is worth more than minimum wage."
Inside, the fast food joint was bursting at the seams, the workers hungry for justice. Read more »
National Transportation Safety Board investigator James Southworth confirmed at a press conference on the afternoon of Oct. 21 that the train that struck two BART workers was “in operation for training and maintenance purposes,” and that the operator at the time of the fatal crash was a trainee. He said two of the six people on board were trainees.
The NTSB conducted interviews for 8-10 hours with the train operator, the operator's supervisor and someone from the dispatch office. Read more »
UPDATED 5:30 PM:Guardian News Editor Rebecca Bowe filed a report from the latest NTSB press conference on the BART accident that claimed the lives of two workers in the midst of the BART strike, which can be read here.Read more »
A reprieve in BART negotiations has given the Bay Area time to breathe before the next possible strike, but a lot of public concerns and animosity toward BART still remains. So the Guardian decided to take a look at BART workers themselves (we found them through their union) and ask, “How would your life change if the unions adopted BART management’s offers on safety, pensions, wages and health care?”
Note: The audio interviews are summarized in this post, but give them a listen to get a fuller picture of the impact of labor negotiations on worker’s lives.Read more »
After a contested organizing effort that raised questions about the tactics and resources being used by management at Larkin Street Youth Services, a nonprofit social service provider funded with government grants, the National Labor Relations Board today tallied the votes, which union sources say was 67-17 in favor of organizing.Read more »
Larkin Street Youth Services does great and important social work with homeless youth in San Francisco, for which it receives generous support from city taxpayers, as well as federal grants. That’s why its employees and some prominent local officials are questioning the organization’s aggressive, deceptive, and anti-union resistance to the request by a majority of its 88 employees to be represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1021.Read more »
The Board of Supervisors today declared April 9 Pay Equity Dayin San Francisco, in recognition of the persistent national gap between male and female financial compensation. But with the city locked in a dispute with SEIU Local 1021 over pay cuts to jobs dominated by women and workers of color, the day took on special local significance. Read more »
Service Employees International Union Local 1021 strenuously resists the wage and benefit givebacks regularly demanded in recent years by employers, including the city of San Francisco, which is now trying to slash the salaries for more than 40 city job classifications.
At the same time, Local 1021 is asking its own employees for benefit givebacks during new contract negotiations, a move that their own union is blasting as hypocritical.Read more »