California sheet metal workers end strike, cite gains

Vol. 83/No. 38 - October 21, 2019

STOCKTON, Calif. — After 26 days on strike, workers voted Oct. 1 to approve a new contract with Simpson Strong-Tie, a maker of metal parts used in the building and construction industries. Three hundred and nineteen workers at the plant…


Calif. sheet metal workers walk out over low pay, health care

Vol. 83/No. 37 - October 14, 2019

STOCKTON, Calif. — More than 250 members of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Local 104 on strike against Simpson Strong-Tie here overwhelmingly voted down what workers said was the company’s “last, best and final contract offer” Sept.…


Workers at Gate Gourmet, Sky Chefs fight for contract

Vol. 83/No. 24 - July 8, 2019
Airline catering workers at LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet mount informational picket demanding wage increase, better health coverage at San Francisco International Airport June 21.

SAN FRANCISCO — Scores of airline catering workers employed by LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet joined in a noisy and spirited informational picket line outside the airport’s international terminal here June 21. “United Airlines get up to snuff! One…


Mental health clinicians strike across California

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019
National Union of Healthcare Workers members picket Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center Dec. 12 during 5-day statewide strike at 33 hospitals for increased hiring, better patient care.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mental health clinicians — members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers — organized picket lines at 33 Kaiser facilities across the state during their five-day strike that ended Dec. 14. They were joined at the Oakland…


SF, Hawaii hotel strikers: ‘One job should be enough!’

Vol. 82/No. 46 - December 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of striking hotel workers, members of the UNITE HERE union, gathered in a steady rain Nov. 23, rallying at downtown Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission Street to show their determination to continue their strike at seven…


Marriott hotel workers strikes going strong, winning contracts

Vol. 82/No. 45 - December 3, 2018
Oct. 31 Halloween day picket by striking workers at San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

SAN FRANCISCO — “All day, all night! Local 2 is on strike!” and “Sign a contract like you should!” chants filled the smoky air here Nov. 18 as UNITE HERE members continued their seven-week strike against seven downtown Marriott hotels.…


‘One job should be enough,’ Marriott hotel strikers say

Vol. 82/No. 42 - November 12, 2018

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — The spirited strike of Marriott workers is in its fourth week at hotels in Boston, Detroit, Honolulu, San Diego and the Bay Area. “One job should be enough!” is their most popular chant. Low wages mean many…


Tomato cannery strike leaders win jobs back

Vol. 82/No. 38 - October 15, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. — Four leaders of a tomato cannery workers strike at San Benito Foods in Hollister, who were framed up by the bosses and fired last year for participating in the walkout, have won their jobs back. They got…


Calif. raisin workers reject contract, strike Sun-Maid

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

KINGSBURG, Calif. — More than 500 raisin workers went on strike here against Sun-Maid Growers of California Sept. 10. One hundred Teamster Local 431 members picketed the main entrance to the plant Sept. 22, chanting, “Sun-Maid, unfair!” “Si se puede!”…


SF hotel workers rally, say ‘One job should be enough’

Vol. 82/No. 36 - October 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Chanting “One job should be enough!” some 1,000 hotel workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 2, and their supporters marched here on Labor Day Sept. 3. Actions took place that day at Marriott-owned hotels in seven other…