Labor

23 Nov 2021

SFO Food Workers Will Protest Wednesday for Affordable Health Care

About 200 San Francisco International Airport workers are planning to protest Wednesday in a call for affordable health care, and they’re likely to get a good deal of attention on one of the heaviest travel days in the past two years. The people protesting are cashiers and food service employees

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13 Nov 2021

Kaiser Strike Still On for Thousands Left Out of ’Landmark Agreement”

Two days ahead of a massive planned walkout, Kaiser Permanente averted immediate crisis with a tentative deal that addresses some demands among a portion of its workers. But contrary to much of Saturday’s reporting, some workers are still planning to hit the picket lines Monday. It was announced Saturday morning

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08 Nov 2021

How to Get $300+ Worth of Free Stuff at Rad Bay Area Restaurants

I am extremely excited to announce the release of The Delicious Card! Delicious cardholders get awesome deals at over 37 delectable Bay Area eateries! Membership is a great way to explore new places, support local businesses, AND support local journalism. And all you gotta do is join the Broke-Ass Stuart Patreon for $10

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29 Sep 2021

Giants’ Concession Workers Win $7/Hour Pay Raise After Strike Threat

It would have been awfully damned awkward rooting for the San Francisco Giants in the upcoming playoffs knowing that their concession workers were on strike. Like, is watching the game on TV technically crossing the picket line? How ashamed would we be if images of picketing workers were also broadcast

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16 Jul 2021

A Certified Aromatherapist Talks Some “Scents” into the Bay Area

Hi and welcome to the BAS Weekend Wellness Column! My name is Erynne Elkins and I’m a Well-Being Advocate and Certified Breathwork Facilitator. Every Friday I’ll share a holistic wellness modality available here in the Bay Area. Cheers to good health! How an Aromatic Lifestyle Makes More “Scents” Remember scratch-and-sniff

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12 May 2021

How Much CEOs Make At Restaurants Where ‘People Don’t Want To Work’

Crappy corporate burger chains and fast-casual restaurants nationwide are short-staffed, and many have resorted to taping sad Microsoft Word-printed signs on their doors and drive-thrus  claiming that “people don’t want to work.” It is not true that people “don’t want to work,” it’s a combination of factors including lack of

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26 Feb 2020

Peralta Community College District Finally Ratifies Part-Time Faculty Contract

The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to ratify a tentative contract agreement between the district and the Peralta Federation of Teachers, upping pay for part-time faculty. The district represents Berkeley City College, Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland and College of Alameda. The move brought

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06 Feb 2020

Tartine’s Employees are Unionizing

At 8am this morning employees from Tartine’s four Bay Area restaurants and commissary kitchen presented management with an official letter notifying them that the workers intend to form a union. Following the success of Anchor Brewing’s unionization in 2019 and that of VCA Veterinary Hospital in 2018, the workers at Tartine linked up

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02 Sep 2014

The Absurdity of Gratuity: Why Our Culture of Unpaid, Tipped Work is Bad for Our Society

Last week, I read a thoughtful article on this site by Jamal Frederick entitled “Tipping While Black- The Struggles of a Black Barman.” I encourage you to read it. It offers keen insight into the racial attitudes and discrepancies characteristic of tipped service work. It also reinforced the strong opinions

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