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Published on Apr 8, 2012
April 7, 2012 at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. A San Francisco Carnaval event was held in Golden Gate Park to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. The employees of the Bridge District, frustrated by the lack of a labor contract, protested alongside the swaying dancers and throbbing drums of Carnaval.
The protest included ironworkers, teamsters, electricians, ferry workers, and laborers. These workers run and maintain the Golden Gate Bridge, Busses and Ferries and were protesting to defend their health benefits and conditions.
More than 380 union workers employed by the Golden Gate Bridge Transportation District have been negotiating almost one year without reaching an agreement, even though management admits the unions have granted monetary and benefit concessions that exceed the District's demands. What is the holdup? Management, led by Board President Janet Reilly, is now on a right wing ideological campaign to force a form of health benefit premium sharing that will penalize employees with families. The workers are fighting to keep their health care affordable for families. Management is also demanding cuts in current retirees' vested health care benefits.
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