Union picketers at Golden Gate University
Yesterday afternoon commuters were greeted with the sight of union picketers outside Golden Gate University on Mission St. Protesting the loss of union custodial jobs were reps from the SEIU and a smattering of students and other supporters. Calls to the University’s office number for comment went unanswered and straight to automated voicemail.
Union custodial disputes are becoming increasingly common at Bay Area educational institutions that are attempting to cut costs, UC Berkeley had it’s invited commencement speakers refuse to cross picket lines twice in the last couple years. In 2006 politician Fabian Nunez, refused to cross, and earlier this year 2007 speaker Danny Glover refused to attend the graduation.