FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2012
Golden Gate Ferry Workers Strike for Safe Conditions and Good Jobs
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Golden Gate Ferry workers led the way toward securing safe conditions and good jobs when they struck this morning at the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. Supporters from the public and other unions joined members of the Inlandboatmen’s Union on the picket lines at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.
Terminal Assistants are fighting for their jobs as well as fair compensation for an increased work load. Last year, Golden Gate Bridge District management replaced all human ticket agents with ticket machines. Management is now threatening to replace ferry terminal assistants with metal ramps. The Terminal Assistants voted unanimously to go on strike over the recent elimination of the ticket agents and the impact it has on them every day.
“Since they laid off the ticket agents, our work has quadrupled. We don’t want management to lay us off too. Everyone knows it’s better to have a human being helping passengers than a machine,” said Rene Alvarado, terminal assistant at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and member of the Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU).