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BART strike delayed, management gives "final offer"

Oct 14, 2013
Isabel Angell

BART’s biggest unions called off a strike late Sunday night, but stressed they are ready to strike on Tuesday if no deal is reached. BART management gave what it called its “last and best” offer on Sunday afternoon. 

BART’s unions had previously stepped down from a strike that would have started Friday. But this time, BART said they were done negotiating.

Breaking the media gag order, BART’s General Manager Grace Crunican said the final offer gives the unions a 12 percent raise.

Isabel Angell

The Bay Area could see its second BART strike in three months on Friday if the transit agency doesn’t reach a deal with its unions by midnight tonight. The two sides are closer together than they were back in August, but conflicting statements from the unions and management could be a bad sign.

On Wednesday night SEIU 1021 and ATU Local 1555 said the two sides were close to a deal, but BART pulled the offer. BART spokesman Jim Allison countered by saying "any suggestion that BART offered a proposal and withdrew it is categorically untrue."

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BART strike enters 2nd day, commutes worsen

Jul 2, 2013

UPDATE 1:37PM:

BART officials just announced that negotiations will resume tonight at 6pm. BART spokesperson Rick Rice said, "After one full day of no meetings, we are eager to get back to the table.”

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Tuesday’s commute seems to be shaping up to be worse than yesterday's. Freeways backed up sooner, ferry lines were longer, and the free shuttles that BART provided from five East Bay stations filled up quicker.

Meanwhile, BART and its unions have yet to sit down to talks since Sunday, although both sides did speak with a state mediator last night.

BARTocalypse? For this reporter, not so much.

Jul 1, 2013

While BARTocalpyse was causing major trouble over in Oakland, the commuters at the El Cerrito del Norte BART station at the Richmond border seemed calm. That’s where I was this morning, trying to get to Potrero Hill in San Francisco.

Del Norte is one of the four stations in the East Bay where BART is providing a free roundtrip shuttle to Oakland and SF, and several main AC Transit lines run right by it. That might have helped congestion at the nearby casual carpool line, where there were about 20 cars waiting for riders to walk up.

BART unions prepare for strike authorization vote

Jun 25, 2013

With no solution in sight to a wage impasse, labor unions representing the Bay Area's commuter rail system are voting Tuesday whether to authorize a strike.

BART and the labor unions have been deadlocked for months. The current contract is set to expire at midnight on Sunday.

Alta Bicycle Share, the organization that runs some of the most successful bike share programs in the US, might be underpaying its workers at its Washington, D.C. Capital Bikeshare. The Department of Labor opened an investigation into the company after Capital Bikeshare employees complained.

Bridging the Opportunity Divide in the Bay Area

Jun 18, 2013

What happens to young people in the Bay Area with no college degree? How can they navigate a labor market that demands high tech skills without adequate education or training? Producer and guest host Victoria Thorp and guests explore new strategies for addressing the opportunity divide in the Bay Area.

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BART has asked a state mediator to step in and help the stalled labor talks between the Bay Area transit agency and its five unions. The mediator, which unions have welcomed as well, is scheduled to start next week. The current labor contract expires on June 30.

 

 

 

  




Where Are the Jobs?!!!!

Apr 12, 2013

On the Apr. 21, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Milken Fellow and former California Employment Development Director Michael Bernick about where the job growth is in the Bay Area and beyond. Also, Bernick is an expert on employing people with autism spectrum disorders, especially Asperger Syndrome. We talk about that. And as usual, I invite listeners to call in with their career conundrum for a 3-Minute Workover.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM, San Francisco.

BART and unions begin contract negotiations

Apr 7, 2013

BART contracts for its union workers – who make up almost 90 percent of BART’s over 3,000 employees – are set to expire on June 30th. That’s sent BART and union leaders to the negotiating table. Both sides are hoping to avoid the bitter and contentious fight that happened during the last contract negotiations in the summer of 2009.

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about how the debate about Keystone XL Pipeline project has brought out divisions between the labor and environmentalists. What are the prospect for good paying Green Jobs? Join us live at 10 or send and email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. And what can revive blue-green alliance? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you

Guests:

Bill Snape, the Senior Counsel with Center for Biological Diversity

Today on Your Call: Robert Reich

Jan 8, 2013



Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Nov 30, 2012
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Street Level celebrates 10 years of feeding the hungry

Nov 20, 2012

Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood has a history of welcoming new immigrants. At the turn of the 20th century, the area was full of orchards and beer gardens that served as an attraction to San Francisco residents. Today, you can see colorful markets full of produce and piñatas or eat delicious tacos at one of the area’s many food trucks. Many day laborers will wait on street corners eagerly looking for any type of work. And that’s why a center called Street Level Health Project was created a decade ago.

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about effective organizing tactics for non-union workers.    Internal Walmart documents show that the company fears employee uprisings. They have no collective bargaining power. Are their tactics working?  What can we learn from their actions and those of other non-unionized workforces?  Join us at 10am Pacific or post a comment here.  Have you organized on the workplace without being in a union? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Josh Eidelson, covers labor issues for Salon and In These Times

Ali Budner

San Francisco’s Measure A passed yesterday, which means City College will get much needed funds. Prop 30 also passed, meaning Californians taxed themselves more than 6 billion dollars to help pay for public education.

House Committee on Education

It’s been almost two decades since Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. When then-president Bill Clinton signed it, he told Congress that the agreement was the only correct response to the world’s rapidly changing economy. As a border state and a major agricultural producer, California has a big stake in NAFTA. 

U.C. Berkeley geography professor Harley Shaiken has written extensively on the agreement, and he spoke with KALW's Holly Kernan about what NAFTA has meant for this state.

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Sep 21, 2012
Staff at Cairo University protest on 16 September at the beginning of the academic year
Mohamed Omar

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss the media coverage of Chicago teachers strike. How did media cover the education crisis in Chicago? We’ll also talk about widespread labor protests in Egypt. We’ll be joined by Truthout’s Yana Kunichoff, In These Times Mike Elk, and freelance journalist Ahmad Shokr joins us from Cairo. Where did you see the best reporting this week? Join us live at 10 or send and email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you

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On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the role of unions in the presidential elections. Unions are spending more than $400M to help reelect President Obama. How are unions using their political dollars?  And what is it getting them? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What role should unions play  in electoral politics? It’s Your, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today's Your Call, on Labor Day, we’ll have a conversation with Simon Cordery, author of “Mother Jones: Raising Cain and Consciousness.” In 1902, she was called the most dangerous woman in America for her effective and creative labor organizing. How did she organize workers in early 20th century? And want can what can we learn from her activism? It’s Your Call, with me Rose Aguilar.

Guests:

Simon Cordery, chair of the History Department at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

Independent workers seek communal workspaces

Jun 18, 2012
Irene Florez

Instead of working alone, independent workers—freelancers, contractors, independent consultants and temps—are increasingly joining co-working spaces. These are collaborative work environments where independents can rent desk and meeting space down to the hour. Roughly like a gym membership, at co-working spaces, you pack your laptop instead of your sweats.

In Oakland, 2012 is the boom year for formally expanding the prevailing cubicle-centered notions of work and worker archetypes. By the end of the year, Oakland will have at least four formal co-working spaces. 

May Day brings unions and Occupy together

May 3, 2012

Tuesday’s May Day protests marked the re-emergence of the Occupy movement with coordinated protests around the Bay Area. But May Day—known around the world as International Workers Day—is traditionally a day when union members mobilize around labor issues. In San Francisco, those are ongoing.

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Occupy movement and International Workers Day, May Day. Unions, labor activists and Occupy groups are planning to take to the streets with a series of May Day actions. Longshoremen have called for a daytime work stoppage at the Port of Oakland. Where is Occupy movement today? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How is the occupy movement articulating its demands? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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