Oakland Port, Airport Workers Striking Over Contract

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Port workers who say they have gone 16 months without a new contract plan to go on strike Monday and Tuesday in Oakland.

The Service Employees International Union 1021 has announced plans for a 24-hour strike starting Monday at 9 p.m.

The strike will kick off Monday night at Oakland International Airport’s Terminal 1 at 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, picketers will target both the airport and the port.

The strike comes at a time when port officials are already under scrutiny.

Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin announced his retirement last week following an investigation into alleged improper expenditures, including public money spent at a strip club in Houston, Texas.

For further strike details, go to www.seiu1021.org/node/35122.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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