Update, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16: The Golden Gate Bridge district and union members who planned a one-day strike Friday say they've reached a tentative agreement they say will avert a walkout tomorrow.
The planned strike -- by two Teamsters Union locals that are part of a labor coalition negotiating a new contract with the district -- was expected to have a potentially more serious impact on Golden Gate Bridge traffic than two earlier 24-hour work stoppages.
That's because unionized Golden Gate bus drivers who are not part of the coalition had agreed not to cross the Teamsters' picket lines. The bridge district says its average weekday ridership is about 22,000 total boardings. The buses carry a total of about 4,000 passengers across the Golden Gate Bridge during every morning rush hour and roughly the same number in the evening.
Original post (Friday, Oct. 10): Golden Gate Transportation District buses will be shut down next Friday, with Amalgamated Transit Union bus drivers saying they'll refuse to cross picket lines as Teamsters maintenance workers, dispatchers and supervisors stage a one-day strike.
It's the latest work stoppage in a continuing battle between the district, which operates the bridge, bus and ferry services, and a coalition of 13 unions representing about 450 workers. The principal dispute in the contract dispute, which has been the subject of negotiations since April, center on pay and district proposals for higher worker contributions to their health care plans.