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Bus Drivers to Follow in Cesar Chavez’ Footsteps: Watsonville-Santa Cruz March for Public Transit Set for Sunday

Santa Cruz striking bus drivers today announced they would walk on Sunday October 9 from Watsonville to Santa Cruz. Marchers are calling on the Metro Transit Board to return to negotiations to end the transit strike.
Santa Cruz striking bus drivers today announced they would walk on Sunday from Watsonville to Santa Cruz. Marchers are calling on the Metro Transit Board to return to negotiations to end the transit strike.

“We are walking because so many of our riders have to walk, because the buses are not running,? said union spokesperson Bonnie Morr. “And we are troubled by the fact that the Metro Transit board doesn’t seem to care.?

The strike was triggered by the Metro Transit Board’s refusal to adopt the tentative agreement that the district had negotiated with the drivers to avert a strike last month. Now Board Chair Mike Keogh is out of town on vacation, and the board has refused to negotiate with the bus drivers until they end their strike.

Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer Paul Johnston compared the march to the non-violent tactics of Cesar Chavez’ farm workers movement. “This is more a pilgrimage than a protest march,? said Johnston. “The drivers are sending a heartfelt message of concern to their community and to the Metro Transit board.?

Members of the labor movement and the general public are invited to join the march, which will leave from the Watsonville Metro Center at 7 AM, and is expected to arrive at the Santa Cruz Merto Center at noon. Additional marchers will join as the march passes major bus stops at Cabrillo College and other locations.

In a related development, the Labor Council yesterday communicated with elected members of the county board of supervisors and the Santa Cruz and Watsonville city councils. “We pointed out to them that some of their appointed representatives appear to have deliberately provoked and now are intentionally prolonging this strike,? said Council President Robert Chacanaca. “This board has recklessly violated the trust placed in them by the public.?

The CLC letter asked the board and councils to hold hearings on the conduct of their representatives, call on the Transit Board to immediately return to bargaining until the strike is settled, and to call for the resignation of Metro Transit Board chair Mike Keogh, who is away on vacation.
 
 


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Re: Bus Drivers to Follow in Cesar Chavez’ Footsteps: Watsonville-Santa Cruz March for Public Transit Set for Sunday

I'd love to see some photos from today's march. How did it go?
 

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