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For Immediate release: Thursday - October 10th - 2013 Occupy Oakland endorses BART strike!
by Anon
Thursday Oct 10th, 2013 9:15 PM
For Immediate release: Thursday - October 10th - 2013 Occupy Oakland endorses BART strike! 38 Yes 0 No 1 abstention. Language encourages a General Strike for a living wage.

If BART workers call a strike tonight at 12:01 AM there will be a Labor and Community picket line at 5 PM West Oakland BART that all union supporters are encouraged to attend!
For Immediate release: Thursday - October 10th - 2013 Occupy Oakland endorses BART strike! 38 Yes 0 No 1 abstention. Language encourages a General Strike for a living wage.

If BART workers call a strike tonight at 12:01 AM there will be a Labor and Community picket line at 5 PM West Oakland BART that all union supporters are encouraged to attend!
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Whereas, we support BART and AC transit workers and the demand for no concessions. Any compromises made demoralize and dis­empower the working class. For example, when there was a mass occupation of the Wisconsin State Capitol by workers opposing Scott Walker's union­-busting bill, many were calling for a General Strike. After the South Central Federation of Labor endorsed a General Strike to counter the bill, the Democratic party and AFL­-CIO bureaucrats quickly dismantled the mass mobilization with an electoral campaign to "recall" Scott Walker.

Whereas, we support George Figueroa, former ATU strike coordinator, and demand the DA drop misdemeanor charges for falsifying a police report. George was targeted as an uncompromising organizer of the strike as well as someone who sought to build solidarity between the BART workers and the larger community.

Whereas, if BART runs scab trains, we will support direct actions that union members take to defend the picket. BART management cannot be trained in a matter of days or weeks to operate operate BART safely.

Whereas, we encourage solidarity building between AC Transit, BART Workers and the larger working class. We encourage the poor and working class of Oakland to support one another in our daily struggles and revive the General Strike to address the popular demand for a living wage. Several unions in the Bay Area are without contracts. All of which could be won simultaneously if we join forces. If a General Strike were to happen we would need to find a base of action such as Oscar Grant Plaza. One where we could provide goods and services for one another. Such as food, shelter, clothing, ect.

Whereas, in a General Strike, we would also need an accountability process for the participants as well as an anti­-oppression policy. It will be necessary to be accountable to each other and not rely on the state for resolving internal conflicts. The state and their enforcers infiltrate and agitate internal conflicts. Their role is to protect the ruling class we are fighting against. Therefor, have no place in working class movements.

Whereas, strikers are welcome to make proposals, announcements, and hold discussions about strike support and strategy at our weekly General Assemblies.

Therefor, be it resolved that Occupy Oakland endorses the BART and AC transit workers strike, as well as a possible General Strike of the working class that may follow.

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by Support Labor
Friday Oct 11th, 2013 12:24 AM
The best way to support the strike is to stay home. The more people stay home, the louder the private profit businesses will scream, the sooner the public entity known as BART, run by an elected mostly Democratic Party board, will be forced to sign the union contract instead of engaging in union busting with our tax dollars and train fares.

BART workers do not make $100,000 a year and get 20 weeks of vacation. They should make $120,000 a year as that is what we all need to buy a house and if you cannot afford a house, you cannot afford a family.
by cuñado
Friday Oct 11th, 2013 9:53 AM
OO does not exist as a viable body or as any reasonable extension of what was. This group of a couple dozen people need to demonstrate some principle and quit invoking the legacy and work of thousands of others. Whatever this body of 39 now is (and how dafuq does that meet the quorum req. of 70?!), it needs to demonstrate some analysis, some appreciation for it's actual resources, basis and affinity and move the FUCK ON. Show some self awareness PLEEZ and stop holding these seances for a past moment. The only reason many of the original participants and stalwarts aren't kicking the shit out of you is that.... wait for it.... we have moved ON and having the is OO dead conversation again with zombies is like having the "Is punk dead?" convo again in Maximum RockNRoll!!!
by dismayed
Saturday Oct 12th, 2013 12:39 AM
Other than these BART employees getting more, who does this strike help and who does it hurt? Is the union asking for anything for the public or people that have very little financial resources? If you can't afford a car or you've given one up to help "save" the environment....you are stuck. So much for you.

I say instead of giving the union anything, first get rid of BART cops and management. The union workers can have the money saved that is wasted on BART's management and cops. It's just like liberals that want to raise our taxes to pay for education and other services when we could shut down all of the US overseas bases and all the prisons, etc, etc and have plenty of money for human needs here in the US. They don't need more of our money.

And let's look at the chief negotiator for the union - Josie Mooney. She's a career politician associated with the Democratic party. Yea, that force for change - The Democratic Party. In fact, she works for a firm where one of the partners is Christine Pelosi, the California Democratic Party's Women's Caucus chair. These are just professional democratic politicians lined up with those who back them - mainstream unions. I don't like the management but I don't like the people around maintstream politicians..they each are just one side of the same coin.