3 pm UPDATE

GOLDEN GATE FERRY SERVICE SUSPENDED MAY 1 UNTIL APPROX. 2 pm

Golden Gate Larkspur and Sausalito Ferry will NOT OPERATE until the afternoon of Tuesday, May 1; ferry service will start up again from Larkspur at 2:15 pm and will start up again from Sausalito at 1:55 pm

The GGBHTD Union Coalition leaders, Alex Tonisson (For Media Contact:, atonisson@ifpte21.org; cell 415-994-330) and Marina Secchitano (For Media Contact, ibusf@pacbell.net; cell 415- 420-1962) issued a press release today with a heading reading as follows: Golden Gate Ferry Workers to Strike on May Day Strike Will Shut Down Morning Ferries

To minimize the inconvenience to our ferry customers, we are notifying ferry customers now that tomorrow morning, May 1, we are suspending all ferry service until mid-afternoon, so customers do not have to wait until the morning to find out that there would be no service as a result of the strike that has been called by the Union Coalition leaders. This advance notification gives our customers time to find alternative means to access San Francisco in the morning.

Golden Gate Transit Routes 24 and 97 will continue to leave the Larkspur Ferry Terminal at 4:51 am and 5:22 am, respectively.

Golden Gate Transit services will be operating and the Golden Gate Bridge will remain open.

FOR UPDATES, WE ARE SUGGESTING ALL GOLDEN GATE CUSTOMERS:

1) Listen to local news media reports for updates today and into tomorrow morning.
2) Visit www.goldengate.org for updates under “Breaking News and Events”
3) Sign-up for electronic alerts at http://goldengate.org/alerts.php for updates.

 

 1 pm UPDATE April 30, 2012

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE DISTRICT STATEMENT REGARDING RUMORS OF A POSSIBLE STRIKE TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
AT GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE AND/OR GOLDEN GATE FERRY TERMINAL IN LARKSPUR

Since spring 2011, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) has been in good faith negotiations with its Union Coalition, which serves as the negotiating umbrella for 375 union employees in 25 different bargaining units. Our next scheduled meeting is Monday, May 7.

Over the last ten days, GGBHTD management has been contacted by various media outlets regarding the Union Coalition, in concert with Occupy Oakland, potentially engaging in a wide array of possible actions on Tuesday, May 1 — from informational picketing at the Bridge, to a strike at the Bridge, to action to shut down the Bridge and transit services.

As we are now less than 24 hours away from whatever the Union Coalition decides to follow through on, the GGBHTD is expressing concern for our customers that rely on our public transportation service at the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Ferry, and Golden Gate Transit each day to get to jobs, hospitals, airports, doctor’s appointments and more. As of today (April 30), the Union Coalition leaders have provided the public and GGBHTD management with no clarity as to whether or not they will strike and/or attempt to shutdown our vital transportation network with the help of Occupy.

On behalf of all of our Bridge, bus and ferry customers, we urge the Union Coalition leaders, Marina Secchitano, Inlandboatman’s Union (IBU) and Alex Tonison, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), Local 21, to provide clarity of the Union Coalition’s plans and actively inform our customers so they can plan accordingly.

At this juncture, GGBHTD is planning to operate all of our services (Bridge, bus and ferry) on May 1. We will continue to monitor the situation with our partner law enforcement agencies to ensure public safety on May 1. For latest updates affecting the Bridge and/or transit services, we encourage customers to do the following:

1) Listen to local news media reports for updates today and into tomorrow morning.
2) Visit www.goldengate.org for updates under “Breaking News and Events”
3) Sign-up for electronic alerts at http://goldengate.org/alerts.php for updates.

UNION COALITION CONTACTS ARE: Alex Tonisson, IFPTE, atonisson@ifpte21.org; 415-864-2100, ext. 37 or cell 415-994-3306 and Marina Secchitano, Regional Director, IBU, ibusf@pacbell.net; cell 415- 420-1962.