OAKLAND (KCBS) – Hundreds of union workers marched down Broadway in Oakland Friday, demanding a so-called “fair economy and urging banks and the wealthy to contribute more.

Drums, whistles and chants filled the streets of downtown Oakland as on-lookers and drivers watched the hundreds of union workers march from the Marriot City Center to City Hall.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla:

AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler told union members workers are not asking for a lot.

“Justice, a voice on the job, a chance at our fair share, respect our rights.”

She said banks and the rich need to contribute more to level the economic playing field in this country.

Union worker Tereatha Henderson said union members are getting a bad rap in this country.

“Everything is turning toward the worker and it should be turned toward the corporations who are preventing the economy from being equal.”

Henderson said she works for the tax branch of the Employment Development Department.

“We make sure the corporations are paying their taxes,” she said laughing.

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Comments (2)
  1. Milan Moravec says:

    Loyalty to management, union, industry, public service does not provide employees with employability in California economy. As businesses, universities, states, counties, cities worldwide stumble through the recession some find themselves in a phase of creative disassembly. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are shed. World class University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) and his $7 million outside consultants are firing employees via his “Operational Excellence (OE)”: 2,000 axed by end 2011. Yet many cling to an old assumption: the implied, unwritten management-employee contract.

    Management promised work, upward progress for employees fitting in, employees accepted lower wages, performing in prescribed ways, sticking around. Longevity was good employer-employee relations; turnover a dysfunction. None of these assumptions apply in the 21 century economy. Businesses, universities, public institutions can no longer guarantee careers, even if they want to. Managements paralyzed themselves with a strategy of “success brings successes” rather than “successes brings failure’ and are now forced to break implied contract with employees – a contract nurtured by management that future can be controlled.

    Jettisoned employees are discovering that hard won knowledge earned while loyal is no longer desired in employment markets. What contract can employers, employees make with each other?

    The central idea is simple, powerful: job is a shared partnership.
    • Employers, employees face financial conditions together; longevity of partnership depends on how well customers, constituencies needs are met.
    • Neither management nor employee has future obligation to the other.
    • Organizations train people.
    • Employees create security they really need – skills, knowledge that creates employability in 21st century economies
    • The management-employee loyalty partnership can be dissolved without either party considering the other a traitor.

    Sustained employability in the 21st century economy is not loyalty to management, company, university, public agency or union.

  2. genomega1 says:

    Europe tried this line of thinking and now they are paying the price with riots in the streets.
    Forget about the free lunch and work for your fair share.

    The eco-leftists, the EPA, the anti-capitalists leftists and unions succeeded in the de-industrialization of America and therein lies the problem. All we have left for the majority of the people are low wage jobs, 51% of work force no longer pay taxes but do get a check for a few thousand every year (EITC).