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Rally for SF Union Alcatraz Ferry Workers

Wednesday, March 01, 2006
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Event Type:
Marcy Rein
Location Details:
San Francisco Ferry Building
Embarcadero at Market Street
Harry Bridges Plaza
San Francisco, CA
United States

(Posted in Solidarity)

For immediate release February 24, 2005

For more information: Marcy Rein , International Longshore and Warehouse Union, 510-847-4443 (cell); Emily Nelson, San Francisco Central Labor Council, 415-440-4809


SF workers say National Park Service must follow the law

“Alcatraz is a landmark—not a Wal-Mart”

San Francisco union members will gather to protest the National Parks Service’s illegal and anti-worker bidding process the day NPS’ controversial new contract for the Alcatraz Ferry service is set to hit Capitol Hill. Ferry workers from the Masters, Mates and Pilots (MMP) and the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific (IBU), along with members of many of the unions affiliated with the San Francisco Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, will rally at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 in front of the San FranciscoFerry Building.

Last fall the NPS picked Hornblower Yachts, Inc. to take over the Alcatraz Ferry. Hornblower now operates non-union dining cruises in the San FranciscoBay , San Diego, Newport Beach and Marina del Rey. The IBU and MMP contend the Park Service flouted the law in its bidding process by failing to instruct bidders to take the Service Contract Act into account. The Act requires new companies taking over federal contracts to pay prevailing wages or pay wages and benefits at least equal to those paid by previous contractors. The members of Congress who passed the Act in 1963 wanted to ensure that the government did not encourage a “race to the bottom” by rewarding contractors who cut wages.

The Dept. of Labor has said the Act applies to the Alcatraz contract but the Park Service maintains it does not and refuses to comply. The unions have said they will challenge the NPS in court if the agency continues to ignore the law. The current operator of the Alcatraz service, Blue & Gold Fleet, has already challenged the bid in the federal Court of Claims, questioning whether Hornblower can deliver new boats, repair facilities and generate revenue as promised in its bid. Oral arguments in that case were heard Feb. 14 and a decision is expected March 3.

WHAT: Rally

WHO: union members and other concerned San Francisco residents

WHEN: Wednesday, March 1 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: San Francisco Ferry Building (foot of Market Street)

Added to the calendar on Sat, Feb 25, 2006 2:34AM
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