OAKLAND TRIBUNE 12/3/98 pg. 2
ACTIVISITS AND STEELWORKERS UNITE IN PROTEST AT CITY HALL
By Jill Tucker, Staff Writer
Environmental folk songs merged with union worker chants
Wednesday during a lunchtime protest of logging and labor
practices by Maxxam Corp. at Oakland City Hall.
The 200 protesters included members of the Bay Area Coalition for
Headwaters and a national contingent of United Steelworkers of
The unlikely alliance came together simultaneously to support an
ongoing strike of Kaiser Aluminum, to protect the ancient Redwoods
of Headwaters Forest, and to protest a logging plan proposed by
Pacific Lumber Company. Both Pacific Lumber Kaiser Aluminum
and are owned by Maxxam Corp.
"We love trees. We love steel. This alliance is for real," the
protesters chanted in unison as they marched from Oakland
Convention Center to City Hall.
Several marchers said that while the merging of the two issues
seemed like an unusual combination, both groups were actually
fighting for a better quality of life under Maxxam Corp.
"Having a sustainable policy as far as jobs and economic policy and
a sustainable policy for sound environmental concerns are one and
the same," said David Foster, director of United Steelworkers of
America, District 11.
The union workers have been on strike against the Pleasanton-
based Kaiser Aluminum since Sept. 30, after management proposed
the elimination of up to 900 jobs in contract negotiations.
"This sort of tactic, grandstanding, really doesn't contribute to the
process of getting a contract," said Scott Lamb, Kaiser vice president
of corporate communications.
Lamb said he was puzzled at the peculiar alliance of the
environmentalists and union labor. "It's a real stretch that's there
any legitimate connection there," he said.
No further contract negotiations are scheduled.
wire services contributed to this report
PHOTO: A nonunion cameraman for ABC is met with opposition and
protest while covering a protest against unfair labor practices.
other Bay Area media coverage included:
TV: KGO 6:00 Evening News
Bay TV 9:00 Evening News
KTVU 10:00 Evening News
Radio: KPFA Flashpoints / Dennis Bernstein
KPFA David Bacon
Print: (have only checked a few so far)
Oakland Tribune, pg 2
AP (rolled it into the Leslie Reid / Headwaters Plan story)
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Bay Guardian (upcoming)
East Bay Express (upcoming)
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