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Stop Concession Bargaining & No Contract No Work-BART Workers Rally & March In Oakland
BART workers from ATU 1555, SEIU 1021 and AFSCME 3993 joined together in Oakland on October 8, 2013 to speak out about the attacks on them by BART managers and the board of directors. They also challenged the continued concession bargaining of their officials and called for a policy of no contract no work.
Hundreds of BART workers and their supporters rallied and marched on Tuesday October 8, 2013 in Oakland demanding an end to concession bargaining and calling on the unity of all labor to fight the attacks. At the rally which included representatives from ATU 1555, SEIU 1021 and AFSCME 3993 unionists warned that they were fed up with give backs and it was time to take a hard line against the management.
Workers also protested the criminal frame-up of BART ATU 1555 strike co-ordinator George Figueroa who also spoke at the rally about his arrest and jailing because of speaking at a BART board meeting and organizing the strike for the union.
Yuri Hollie, a ATU 1555 station agent who also is on the executive board and was on the negotiating committee spoke and introduced Oscar Grant's uncle Bobby from the community. Included in the rally was also a Federal worker from AFGE who said they were working without being paid which was actually violated the 13th amendment of the constitution.
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ATU 1555 union leader Yuri Hollie spoke at the rally about the attack on the rank and file and the struggle to unite with the community.
Hundreds of workers attended the solidarity rally and many brought their children.