Labor Solidarity Committee

We take the fight against the 1% to the 1%. Non-union labor, unionized labor, and labor supporters are all welcome in this action oriented committee. We are also the node for solidarity from organized labor, from mobilization to trucks, fliers, and port-o-potties.

occupyoaklandlaborsolidarity@gmail.com
oolabor.org

SEIU Local 1021 Shut Down Port With OO, J4AB Help, Now Wins Big Contract Victory.

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SEIU Local 1021, consisting of 200+ port workers at the Port of Oakland, had been without a contract for more than a year. The Port’s management had demanded concessions on health care benefits and was proposing other take backs as well, all the while showing massive surpluses while having their executives caught “entertaining” at strip clubs and falsifying the expense reports. The Local decided a couple of months ago that enough was enough (or not enough, as it were). Knowing that their membership wasn’t single-handedly capable of pulling off a … Continued

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Help Save the Berkeley Post Office and Stop Privatization of the USPS

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The USPS proposes to sell Berkeley’s beautiful Main Post Office, constructed in 1914. Our grandparents and great-grandparents paid for this building and countless others in this country that are on the USPS hit list. Over 3700 post offices are in danger of sale or closure. The USPS was established by Article I of the Constitution. Benjamin Franklin was our first Postmaster General. Until 1971 the Post Office was under Congress and funded by taxpayers. The media reports that the USPS has defaulted on their annual payments. But no one reports … Continued

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SEIU Sends Appreciation to Occupy Oakland For Assistance With Port Shutdown!

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Statement from Anna Bakalis, Communications Specialist, SEIU Local 1021 Demanding Retraction of Falsehoods Regarding SEIU’s actions toward Occupy Oakland, and Stating Their Appreciation of Our Efforts. I came across Alan Kurtz’s piece (11/20/12) about how SEIU Local 1021 hired security to keep Occupy folks out. This is simply not true. Our union did not hire “Rent-a-cops.” Since this is a contributor report, I don’t know if you have the same policies as regular media, but this simply must be retracted. Since the WHOLE story is based on this false assumption, … Continued

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Pickets Still Needed!!! It’s ALL Shutdown! No Work Happening Today @ Port of Oakland.

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The call is still out to come to the Port to maintain the picket lines and make sure the lines hold from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Here’s how the news first arrived: Mollie @missmollie33 BREAKING NEWS: #PortShutdown #Oakland #N20 report from union worker just now, it’s ALL shutdown, NO WORK is happening! After speaking with her on the phone, she confirms that trucks have started to turn around and leave the port without loading. Shut it down! Haulers lined up with nowhere to go. Here is the SEIU’s very … Continued

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Picket Lines Are Going Up At The Port Of Oakland and the Airport!

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SEIU 1021 Port Workers are Going on Strike against Unfair Labor Practices engaged in by the Port of Oakland. The Port of Oakland has a $37 million surplus, yet refuses to give workers the proper information that they are required to by law. This is one of the richest Port’s in Oakland, the Federal Government has invested in the expansion of the Port to create good jobs in Oakland SEIU was there at the General Strike on November 2nd, 2011. SEIU members walked with Occupy Oakland as we shut down … Continued

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“Something Evil Is Going On.”

On October 16th, at 5:00 PM, the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition held a press conference on the steps of the County Courthouse, exposing the lies, unfounded allegations, willful bias and shoddy investigative procedures of the District Attorney’s report into the death of Alan Blueford at the hands of Officer Miguel Masso. A detailed, 10-page response to the DA’s report was also handed out (see below). The powerful video of this event is here. Speaking are Anne Weills, civil rights attorney, John Burris, civil rights attorney and the Blueford family’s … Continued

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OOLSC STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE ARRESTED IN SAN FRANCISCO ON 10/6/12

10/13/12 – The Labor Solidarity Committee of Occupy Oakland stands in solidarity with the 20 people beaten and arrested in San Francisco last Saturday. The arrestees were part of an Anti-Colonial/Anti-Capitalist protest, held in conjunction with others along the west coast who were holding actions throughout the Columbus Day weekend at Canadian, US, and Mexican consulates and government buildings to oppose the occupation and destruction of Native/indigenous lands by multinational mining corporations. Police repression is not unfamiliar to the labor movement. Police have been used violently against us countless times, … Continued

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VICTORY! Two Years, Seven Months, And 21 Days Later, the Castlewood Lockout is Over.

Workers locked out of the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, California since February 25th, 2010 will be able to return to their jobs — and health care coverage — on October 16th. A month ago a federal judge, finding that Castlewood Country Club had engaged in unfair labor practices and failure to negotiate in good faith, ordered the Castlewood workers reinstated with back pay, giving Castlewood management a month to appeal. Choosing not to appeal, management asked for and was granted additional time to negotiate a settlement with the workers … Continued

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Solidary Statement With the South African Miners of Marikina

To the workers striking against Lonmin: We are the Labor Solidarity Committee of Occupy Oakland. We have been watching your struggle and are inspired by the strength, courage, and determination you have shown. We always support any and all workers who realize their power and stand up to fight back back against injustice. Injustices come from bosses, government, and even supposed allies. None have fought with more fervor and righteous persistence as you. Few have ever faced the horrors that you have in return. We are both mournful and enraged … Continued

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Lessons From the ILWU Battle Against EGT in Longview And the Struggle Ahead-TWSC Forum

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  Lessons From the ILWU Battle Against EGT in Longview And the Struggle Ahead-TWSC Forum Lessons From the ILWU Battle Against EGT in Longview And the Struggle Ahead The Transport Workers Solidarity Committee TWSC organized a solidarity forum on July 29, 2012 in San Francisco titled “Lessons From the ILWU Battle Against EGT in Longview And the Struggle Ahead”. Speakers included Mike Fuqua, ILWU Local 21 Longview Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10* Howard Keylor, ILWU Local 10 retired Robbie Donohoe, IBEW Local 6* & Occupy Oakland Labor Solidarity Committee Jack … Continued

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