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Protesters Are Looking To 'Occupy' the Golden Gate Bridge

Occupy Protesters Could Takeover The Golden Gate Bridge Next Week



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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10: Waves crash against rocks at Fort Point near the Golden Gate Bridge October 10, 2008 in San Francisco, California. The Golden Gate Bridge District board of directors voted today to continue with a plan to build a suicide prevention net on the world famous bridge with a price tag of $40 to $50 million dollars. An estimated 1,300 people are believed to have jumped to their death from the bridge since it was opened in 1937. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Protesters are looking to make a big splash next week by taking over San Francisco's iconic landmark.

    According to the San Francisco Examiner, a coalition of union organizations are planning a day of action on May 1. The group wants to picket near the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza to protest ongoing labor talks between the bridge district and employees.  The group is upset over plans regarding cuts to health care and retirement benefits. Occupy protesters say they will join the cause if any of the unions choose to strike. The movement is vowing to shut down all traffic over the bridge.

    Bridge officials are keeping a close eye and say commuters might expect a few delays if the Occupy-fueled protest occurs. 

    This wouldn't be the first time the Golden Gate Bridge has been targeted by protesters. Back in 1989, AIDS activists briefly stopped traffic.   And more recently, Code Pink activists tried to shut down the bridge in 2007 to protest the war in Iraq.   The CHP stepped in and blocked their plans.