A strike by SEIU Local 1021 that began at 5 a.m. yesterday morning succeeded in shutting off the entrance to the Port of Oakland and causing a big backup of semi trucks and longshoremans' cars throughout the day. All the truckers and port workers refused to cross the picket line despite lots of lost revenue.
Union members claim that the Port was using an impasse to impose a contract, and that they were not negotiating fairly. Employees have been working without a contract for sixteen months.
The Port resumed regular operations today as the union and Port Commission returned to the bargaining table.