Northern California hospital workers strike over short staffing

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Health care workers picket in front of Fairmont Wellness Center in San Leandro, California, Oct. 8 during five-day strike at six public hospitals for safety for patients and themselves.

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Over 4,000 health care workers struck for five days here and at five other hospitals across Alameda and San Joaquin counties during the first week of October, in defense of health and safety for their patients…

Social crisis from West Coast fires caused by capitalist greed

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
A few of the 1,200 workers in the “Hillbilly Brigade” who volunteered to fight fires gather for a meal at Hansen family farm after battling the Riverside Fire near Molalla, Oregon, Sept. 16.

GRIDLEY, Calif. — Since early August wildfires have burned out of control across California, Oregon and Washington state. Over 2 million acres have burned in California alone as of Sept. 20. These are some of the largest fires in that…

East Bay transit workers fight bosses’ takebacks, seek support

Vol. 84/No. 7 - February 24, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. — Bus drivers, mechanics and clerical workers employed by the AC Transit system in the East Bay held a midday rally outside the agency’s headquarters Feb. 5, seeking to win more support for their fight against the company’s…

Airport, catering workers say, ‘One job should be enough!’

Vol. 83/No. 26 - July 22, 2019
Chanting “One job should be enough!” airport workers as well as Sky Chef and Gate Gourmet workers picket together at San Francisco International Airport for higher wages, new contracts.

SAN FRANCISCO — Airport workers who are members of United Service Workers West, part of the Service Employees International Union, joined forces here July 3 with LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet catering workers — members of UNITE HERE Local…

Weeklong strike in Oakland ends as teachers’ struggle continues

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. — Teachers here voted by 58 percent to accept a new contract March 3 ending a seven-day strike that had emptied the schools. They came out stronger from the effort, but the vote reflected deep divisions over the…

Oakland teachers strike for pay raise, smaller class sizes

Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019
Teachers on strike in Oakland, California, Feb. 21 march for wage raise, smaller class sizes, end to threatened school closures. Students, parents and other workers joined action in solidarity.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Teachers walked off the job here Feb. 21, almost two years after their last contract expired. The 3,000 Oakland Education Association members are fighting for a 12 percent wage increase over three years, for school district officials…

Oakland teachers rally for smaller class sizes, higher wages

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dozens of public school teachers, members of the Oakland Education Association, and supporters protested after school at a busy intersection here Dec. 11. They held a banner saying, “Teachers ready to strike.” Similar protests were held at…

Kaiser health care workers strike over heavy workload

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Some 4,000 mental health care workers at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics across California began a strike Dec. 10 that is set to last five days.  The National Union of Healthcare Workers and their supporters mounted a…

Calif. raisin workers end strike, beat back attack on health care

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018

KINGSBURG, Calif. — The strike of 500 raisin processing workers here came to an end Sept. 25 when members of Teamsters Local 431 beat back an attack by bosses on their health care and ratified a new three-year contract. The…