FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2013
Golden Gate Bus Workers Show Solidarity, Announce Plans to Strike
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Golden Gate Ferry workers led the way toward securing healthcare and good jobs when they struck the morning shift today at the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. Over three hundred supporters joined them at the picket lines at the Larkspur and San Francisco Ferry Terminals from 5am until 2pm. At the San Francisco Ferry Terminal, members of Occupy San Francisco supported workers with a kayak brigade and signs that read “healthcare,” “respect,” and “99%.”
In addition to leading the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition’s fight for healthcare, ferry workers are also fighting for their jobs. Last year, Golden Gate Bridge District management announced plans to replace ticket agents with machines. Management is now threatening to replace ferry terminal assistants with metal ramps.
“Since they laid off the ticket agents, our work has quadrupled. We don’t want management to lay us off too. Everyone knows it’s better to have a human being helping passengers than a machine,” said Rene Alvarado, terminal assistant at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and member of the Inlandboatmen’s Union.
“For generations, workers have fought together to win healthcare and good jobs for all of us. When we stand alone, we are easily divided. But when workers, families, and communities, stand together we can create a tide that lifts all boats.” said Alex Tonisson, Organizer and Co-Chair of the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition.
Some companies are paying affiliates up to $2,109,350 million a year. Especially in the health and retail department. Companies are giving coupon codes for V2cigs , target, old navy codes and victoria secret, although not regularly known to donate to the cause, are giving incentives through the use of coupon codes and printable coupons for their online customers. Management still seek the rising healthcare to make it easier for families and workers to push to replace people with machines.
GGBLC consists of over 380 bridge, bus, and ferry workers who help San Francisco commuters get to work safely each day.