May Day Strike Cancels Morning Ferry Service

Ferry service shutdown is part of a much larger General Strike action that will be centered in Oakland.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Monday, Apr 30, 2012  |  Updated 4:00 PM PDT
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May Day Strike Cancels Morning Ferry Service

All aboard is not a call you will be hearing Tuesday May 1 in San Francisco.

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The latest group of workers to join a growing May Day protest planned for Tuesday is those who physically run the ferry service across the San Francisco Bay.

Ferry workers at the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District announced Monday that they will be shutting down morning ferry service.

Union workers said they have been in negotiations with Golden Gate Bridge District management since April 2011 and that their current contract expired in July 2011.
 
“We have been negotiating in good faith for one year now.  The district says they appreciate workers, but they have shown no appreciation at the bargaining table.  We deserve a fair contract and healthcare for our families and retirees.” said union member Rene Alvarado.

The strike was only called between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. The damage will be done though.

Golden Gate Bridge officials canceled morning service and said they will restart ferry service at 2:15 p.m.

The ferry service shutdown is part of a much larger General Strike action that will be centered in Oakland.

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