VIDEO: Golden Gate Bridge Workers Wrap Up Strike Authorization Vote as Commuter Watch Nervously

By Brian Shields

Fri Jul 25th, 2014 11:05am America/Los_Angeles

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LARKSPUR (KRON) — The ferries that connect the North Bay with San Francisco should be running in the week ahead as union officials continue to count the votes to authorize a strike.

450 members of a combined bargaining unit representing deckhands, Captains, and bus maintenance workers, have been voting all week on the strike authorization.

The union members have been working without a contract since the beginning of July. Union officials say they expect a walkout will be “very likely” at this stage.

Talks have been going on between the Golden Gage Bridge district and the unions since April. Union officials say the latest district proposal includes a small wage hike but that workers wouldn’t see any of that money because of proposed increases in health care premiums.

“It would make my life difficult,” one commuter tells KRON 4′s Terisa Estacio. “I would have to take the bus or drive in so it would be a challenge.”

Another ferry passenger agrees.

“We depend very much on the ferry to get us to and from San Francisco everyday.”

The last time Golden Gate Transit workers went on strike was in 2011. Stay tuned to KRON 4, the KRON 4 Mobile App, and KRON4.com for the latest on this developing story.

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