Bay Area Battle in Transport:
Workers Face Employer Onslaught
Defeats Like Wisconsin!
November 10 (Sunday)
At: Black Repertory Theater
3201 Adeline Street,
BART workers marched through downtown Oakland in August and October
chanting "Strike, strike, strike!", union officials
shackled them with a concessionary contract.
Why did BART
workers settle for a concessionary contract after fighting for four
months -- striking twice, staging militant mass rallies in downtown
Oakland, and inspiring AC Transit bus drivers and mechanics to twice
vote down concessionary contracts -- each time
Why did BART workers vote so resoundingly to approve the
concessionary contract (more than 85% of those voting voted "Yes")?
Was this the best they could do? How could they have won a better
Why didn't BART union leaders mobilize the rank and
file (for example, through democratically elected strike committees?)
Why wasn't there a joint strike committee of the BART unions (ATU
1555, SEIU 1021, and AFSCME 3993) and the AC Transit union (ATU 192)?
Why did ATU 192 president Yvonne Williams denounce a joint strike of
AC Transit workers and BART workers as "Armageddon"?
Why did BART and AC Transit union officials put their faith
in Democratic politicians rather than reaching out aggressively to
labor and the community? Why did ATU 1555 leaders call on Jerry Brown
to invoke a 60-day cooling-off period to suspend the right to strike?
How can we defend the right to strike for transit workers,
Democratic state politicians are drafting legislation to make such
Why did ILWU officials turn their backs on
their union's militant history and direct their members to cross a
picket line of port truckers and community supporters? How can ILWU
members reclaim the solidarity their union badly needs.
Longshoremen are locked out at two northwest ports. Scabs are doing
their work. And negotiations for the ILWU's master contract
all West Coast ports is just around the bend.
Has the labor
movement lost its class struggle moorings? In its heyday
fought for the unemployed and underemployed, for immigrant
workers and youth, against racism and home foreclosures. What
done to ignite such struggle today, forge real solidarity, and beat
the bosses' barrage of union busting?
hear speakers involved in these worker struggles:
Figueroa- Strike Coordinator of the successful July BART
for ATULocal 1555*, now being victimized by BART.
Thomas- Co-Chair of the
Million Worker March, Executive Board
member of ILWU 10*
Member ATU Local 192* (AC Transit worker)
Seium, Frank Adams-
Organizers, Oakland Port Truckers'
Chair of TWSC and an organizer
of the 1984 longshore anti-apartheid ship boycott,
the May Day 2008 anti-war
West Coast port shutdown and the 2010 Bay Area ports protest for justice
for Oscar Grant
identification purposes only)