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East Bay DSA
May 15, 2024

“Doing this Job According to the Schedule is Impossible”: An Interview with Bus Operator/Assistant Shop Steward Jack Watkins

At the start of the COVID pandemic, AC Transit cut bus service dramatically. The District has been slow in spending budgeted funds toward restoring cuts because it lacks the workforce to operate additional service. The same hiring and retention crisis faces many other transit agencies, and impacts other sectors like education and healthcare, as well.  […]

January 05, 2024

This local group will help you organize your workplace

by Chris Mills Rodrigo Taking a glance at how the spike in union activity over the last few years has been described in traditional media — a wave, a surge, a boom — one could be forgiven for thinking that the process is natural. Anyone who has organized their workplace will tell you the opposite. […]

December 17, 2023

East Bay DSA for Palestine

by Sarah H A day after the Israeli Defense Forces began its latest assault on Gaza, a group of East Bay DSA members crossed the bridge into San Francisco, bound for the Israeli Consulate. Their crimson shirts blended into a sea of red, green, black and white, as they joined our coalition partners in a […]

August 01, 2023

“Militant stewards will be born out of this fight”: Ready to Strike, Teamsters Force UPS Concessions

By Emil McDonald On Saturday, July 22, 2023, fifty workers and community members rallied at San Francisco City Hall in solidarity with 340,000 UPS Teamsters. Since UPS walked away from the bargaining table earlier in the month, UPS workers had been busy preparing for a potential August 1 national strike with the potential to shut […]

June 07, 2023

Teamsters Prepare For Huge National Strike if UPS Doesn’t Deliver the Goods

By Jonathan Martin On August 4, 1997, 185,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) led by president Ron Carey began a fifteen-day strike that would cost the United Parcel Service (UPS) over $600 million. They won 10,000 full-time positions with higher salaries and benefits, and preserved Teamster’ pensions from UPS takeover. John Sweeney, […]

March 10, 2023

“People will be held accountable”

Teachers and Community Defeat Stealth OUSD School Closure and Layoff Plan By Michael Sebastian On Tuesday February 28, with only 24 hours notice, OUSD board president Mike Hutchinson called a special meeting to consider resolutions relating to “Budget Adjustments” and a “Classified Employee Reduction in Work Force.” These resolutions, which Hutchinson negotiated in private with the […]

February 16, 2023

OEA Rallies for the Common Good

By Michael Sebastian As the Oakland Education Association bargains a new contract, it has raised a comprehensive set of common good demands to help strengthen Oakland’s public schools and support students. OEA rallied hundreds of teachers and community members in support of these demands at the February 8 school board meeting.  At the rally outside […]

February 13, 2023

Learning From Rosa Parks on Transit Equity Day

By: The People’s Transit Alliance 5 minute read tw: racism, sexual assault This past Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2023, was Transit Equity Day, “a collaborative effort of several organizations and unions to promote public transit as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change…” organized by Labor 4 Sustainability.  For Transit Equity Day 2023, […]

January 24, 2023

Oakland School Closure Plan Overturned In An Early Victory for New School Board Majority

By Michael Sebastian Parker students marched with teachers and DSA members to Markham Elementary School last year to protest the closure of their school. (Photo: Stephanie Hung) On January 11, Oakland’s educators and the community scored a signal victory in their years-long fight to end the closure and privatization of public schools. Within days of […]

December 30, 2022

Our Pickets, Our University: Reflections by Organizers of UC Berkeley’s “Gas Pickets”

Photo credit: Ian Castro The historic strike of 48,000 academic workers across the ten campuses of the University of California and the Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory came to a close on December 23, when the two remaining bargaining units of the United Auto Workers – UAW Local 2865 and SRU-UAW – voted to ratify new contracts. […]