Posts Tagged ‘protests’

BOMA Members Advertise on Craigslist for Strikebreaking Janitors – $18 Per Hour – Huge SEIU Protests in the Financh

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

These days, in the Financial District of San Francisco, it’s the BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco) vs. the SEIU (Service Employees International Union Local 87).

Seems that it’s contract negotiation season for area janitors, don’t you know.

So you’ll find hundreds of workers loudly circling target buildings, marching around, for example, the 101 California, yesterday.

You know, like this: 

Click to expand – the cops seemed to be cool with marching on the sidewalk, but union members wouldn’t have been allowed to just stand around, apparently

But you know, some building owners have a Back Up Plan, you know, the plan to hire replacement workers at $18.65 per.

Here’s yesterday’s ad from the Craiglist:

We are accepting applications for temporary janitorial positions in San Francisco. The work involves replacing our current work force at commercial office building throughout downtown San Francisco due to a possible labor dispute with the SEIU- Service Employees International Union. 

The rate of pay is $18.65 per hour. Typical shifts are from 6:00pm to 2:00am. The length of temporary employment is unknown at this time.

JOB DUTIES INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Vacuuming
Remove trash and recycling.
Cleaning and stocking restrooms
Dusting surfaces
Spot cleaning carpets
Follow all job site safety regulations

REQUIREMENTS
Ability to work 7.5 hours on your feet
Ability to push and pull up to 25 lbs.
Ability to work independently or in a team environment
Must be 18 years or older to apply
If required, must be able to pass a criminal background check”

On It Goes…

OccupySF: Is Capitalist and Mayoral Candidate Joanna Rees Part of the 99% or the 1%?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Here’s the news from Dan Schreiber:

Occupy SF gains support from Joanna Rees

And here’s how close the 99% will ever be able to get to her abode (assuming they don’ t want to risk getting tased with extreme prejudice).

Don’t tase me, bro: 

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[And once you make it past the security guards, you'll still have to deal with the legacy of this street's famous restrictive covenants.]

Actually, some of the 99% get paid what I assume to be something close to minimum wage to carry signs and otherwise sing the praises of Joanna Rees. And you know who pays for that? The taxpayers of the City and County of San Francisco, for some reason:

Somehow this all makes sense…

MUNI’s Dog-Killing Tom Otterness and BART’s Lying Linton Johnson: Advice for Unpopular Millionaires

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Hey Tom Otterness! You’re rich, right?*

So why not take the $750K that MUNI or the SFMTA or the Central Subway has granted you and spend it on animals, like donate it to a shelter for abused dogs or something?

That would serve to make your apologies more real.

And then you could put this issue to bed and then you could more easily get contracts in the future.

Hurray!

Hey Linton Johnson! You’re rich, right?*

So why not take part of the $170k+ per year pay package you cost BART and use it to reimburse the $872 you had billed to the taxpayers for those two SUVs that nobody even used?

Wouldn’t that be fair?

Hurray!

*If not, you should be, right? You make a lot of money, considering, right? 

I Love Big Brother: Check Out This Orwellian Video from BART on the YouTube – What’s BARTtv?

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Here it is, direct from BART:

BART Customers React to Protest Plans

Highlights:

“There are a multitude of groups … flying in from all over the country. They want to do surprise attacks, basically, on BART riders.”

“…but for outsiders to come in…”

“And if that happens, would you be mad at BART or the protesters?”

“At the San Francisco Embarcadero Station, Mark Jones* reporting, for BARTtv.”

(Boy, this one is more maudlin than a CW Nevius column.)

So really, BART,  there were all these people flying in from all over the country to do a protest at the Civic Center station last Thursday?

Really?

*Formerly (currently?) an AFTRA Shop Steward and transportation reporter for KRON4 TV.

San Francisco Marks 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre with Candlelight Vigil

Friday, June 5th, 2009

This was the scene last night in Chinatown, where people turned out with their candles to mark the 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre.

All photos by Whole Wheat Toast. See more at the Toasted Blog.

Portsmouth Square, San Francisco:

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The Goddess of Democracy:

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Tiananmen Massacre Anniversary: All Quiet at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

There doesn’t appear to be a whole lot going on to mark the 20th anniversary of  the Tiananmen Square Massacre (aka June 4 Incident, aka “6-4“) around San Francisco today so far.

This is the scene at the sometimes-busy Chinese consulate in the Western Addition – barricades are ready to be used if needed.

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Appears as if there’ll be a candlelight vigil in Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square at the Goddess of Democracy statue around 7:30 or 8:00 PM tonight.

Candlelight vigil 4th June at 8p at Portsmouth Sq, Chinatown, San Francisco re: Tiananmen Square”

Here she is, the GoD, being ignored last year by Mayor Gavin Newsom in all the excitement leading up to the international Olympic Torch Relay fiasco of 2008. (Don’t look forward to any more of those international relays – they’re cancelled forever by the International Olympic Committee due to actions from the Sacred Flame Protection Squad, etc.)

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June 4th is being remembered in San Francisco, but it doesn’t seem to be that big a deal at this point. Here’s one account from Tiananmen, in the virtual pages of SFGate:

Our eyes locked. He was attractive in a stern sort of way, with wide-set eyes and a strong, dimpled chin. He was probably four or five years my junior. We looked into one another’s eyes for a few seconds, our limbs locked in this aggressive parody of a dance. I had an absurd memory of senior prom…” On it goes.

Anyway, it looks like Chinatown will be the venue for the biggest 6-4 observation in town today.

An Unexpectedly Large Turnout for San Francisco’s Anti-tax Tea Party

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

A large crowd appeared in the Civic Center area today to take part in San Francisco‘s 2009 Tea Party Protest. People gathered in front of City Hall and then took it over to the old Federal Building. Denizens of S.F. mostly just ignored this event – the vast majority of these folks live in the Bay Area but not actually in San Francisco.

A few “they terk our jerbs“-types were about, but not too many. And a few Men in Black (and/or dark grey) tried to crash the party, so it seems. Andy Wright offers her thoughts here.

The crowd as it looked early on. I’m estimating 500, all told (“more than 400″ per Amanda Vergel de Dios over at SFSU’s Golden Gate Xpress, and “maybe 500” from Carla Marinucci at the San Francisco Chronicle. Bingo! That’s some good estimating right there.):

“$$ Golden Gate Objectivists $$” promoting AynRandCenter.org. O.K. fine.

The ThunderPower Thun-350 megaphone was not up to the task today. Many could not hear the speakers.

In front of Nancy Pelosi’s office:

The Old Fed Building:

United States of France:

“Illegal Alien (sic) Cost Taxpayers Trillions.” Don’t tread on me:

Obamanomics: Chains we can believe in:

Posing:

A ringleader, leading the parade like the Pied Piper:

Not a fan of Goldman Sachs:

Scikle and hammer:

A Cal alum against pork:

Tri-pointed and raccoon hats were the order of the day:

Teabags everywhere.

Luckily, a “REPORTER” was there. The other side of the paper hat ring had the word “MEDIA”

To Be Continued?

Anti-Tax Mad Tea Party Coming to San Francisco’s Civic Center

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Well, the 2009 Mad Tea Party Protests are a coming to San Francisco tomorrow at 11:00 AM. Grab your hatter and get over to Civic Center (or the Old Federal Building at Golden Gate and Polk) and get your protest on.

Artist’s conception of what the protest will look like:

via Express Monorail

See you there!

WHERE AND WHEN Civic Center (Plaza) Park.
Corner of McAllister and Polk.
From there, we walk to 450 Golden Gate (one block) to Pelosi’s office.
11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Come for the entire time or part of it; we will be in either of the two locations.

BE PREPARED TO:
–cheer and chant a lot!
–sign the Grievance Scroll (a draft of which is attached)
–register so that I have your name and email for next time (there will be a next time)

SPEAKERS:
Howard Epstein (Chair of SF-GOP) will introduce Dana Walsh and Melanie Morgan will also be speaking.

China’s Olympic Legacy – No More International Torch Relays

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Well that’s the news of the day – in light of the fiasco that was the 2008 Olympic International Torch Relay, the International Olympic Committee has just announced that there aint going to any more of those anytime soon. So, it’s going to be host-country relays only. Per the New York Times:

“The I.O.C. hopes to avoid the ugly scenes that erupted in San Francisco, Paris and London last year.” 

O.K. then. Here’s how the torch relay on the Streets of San Francisco looked last year, when official torch bearer Andrew Michael, seen seated in a wheelchair below, managed to get some attention by displaying a Tibetan flag:

But, OMG, he signed a contract saying he wouldn’t express hisself like that. OMG, HE SIGNED A CONTRACT with Coca Cola or somebody and then when against it. Can you imagine? If only the Sacred Flame Protection Squad had been at full force that day, they could have pushed over his wheelchair, or given him a beatdown, or manhandled him the way they did with fellow torchbearer Majora Carter

Anyway, there’s your Chinese Olympic Legacy.