Labor

Some supporters hold up their pick for the city's next mayor.

Oakland mayoral candidates face off on public safety

In a tightly-moderated discussion Thursday evening at Temple Sinai in Oakland, mayoral candidates took questions from journalists, querying one another and making closing statements. Many aimed shots at Mayor Jean Quan, but most refrained from...
A photo of picketers with police in teh background.

For some port truckers, the new year brings new worries over work

For independent truckers at the Port of Oakland who have not yet complied with pollution regulations, the New Year may mean the loss of a job.
A terminal at the Port of Oakland

Pollution cuts at the port promise a breath of fresher air for West Oakland

In a boon for West Oakland residents, cancer-causing diesel pollution from the Port of Oakland's maritime operations has plunged 70 percent.
A photo of Century Buffet

Longtime Oakland businessman faces 12 felony labor charges

Servers at Century Buffet on International Boulevard were working twelve-hour days, six days a week, and being paid far below minimum wage, according to the Alameda County District Attorney.
An activist brandishes a picket in front of a passing tractor-trailer.

Despite a roar of support, Port of Oakland truckers meet resistance in negotiations

Frustrated truck drivers rolled into downtown yesterday as their representatives met with state and city officials.
A photo of an activist screaming at the police.

Port of Oakland seeks injunction to curb truckers’ protests

Port officials said the measure is necessary to prevent protesters from interrupting cargo operations, while truckers called the injunction a scare tactic.
A photo of a protester holding a sign.

Port of Oakland truckers promise to keep working through negotiations

After forcing a one-day closure of the Port of Oakland over regulatory and wait-time complaints last week, independent truckers say they are pursuing negotiations with the California Air Resources Board, and have promised no further...
Tom Radulovich, BART board president, speaks to press shortly after the unions announced they would strike at midnight. Photo by Jason Paladino.

BART negotiations disintegrate into strike threat

Almost a full week of negotiations unraveled Thursday afternoon when union workers and BART management came to a stalemate and talks ended in the threat of a strike set to commence at midnight Thursday.
Antonette Bryant, ATU Local 1555 president, addresses the media during Tuesday night's negotiations. Photo credit: Jennifer Chaussee

BART to strike at midnight

In an unexpected twist, BART unions will be going on strike at midnight after federal mediators announced they are returning to Washington after failing to help broker a deal.