Over 50 members of the unions that make up the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition (including Local 21) gathered at the Bridge District office Friday morning, July 25. Coalition representatives spoke to the board of directors, and members wore stickers with the message "We're 12% behind. Bridge the gap!"
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Workers at the Golden Gate Bridge District, including ferry deckhands and captains; bus servicers and mechanics; bridge ironworkers and inspectors; and construction tradesmen and women, are currently holding strike authorization votes, which will be completed next week. The employees have been working without a contract since July 1.
The chart below includes the 1% pension hit in FY ’07 and a 1% increase in healthcare costs in FY ’13. The Coalition is currently 12 % behind the cost of living―which means a dollar earned in 2004 is worth 88 cents today.
Golden Gate District walks away from table, Labor Coalition unions holding strike authorization votes
On July 1, all the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition contracts expired, with the District still refusing to agree to wage retroactivity. The day before contract expiration, the District proposed a three-year contract with raises of 2.5% in 2014; 2% in 2015; and 2% in 2016. After receiving a Labor Coalition counterproposal, the District negotiators left the table in the afternoon after refusing to submit a new proposal and try to reach a settlement.
On May 7, after more than one year at the bargaining table with the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition, including Local 21, reached a tentative agreement.
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.
On Saturday, April 14, Local 21 members joined other Golden Gate Labor Coalition unions for a successful rally and march from the San Francisco Ferry Terminal to AT&T Park, coinciding with Giant’s opening day.