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Disgruntled Golden Gate Bridge workers demonstrating outside district HQ

About 30 Golden Gate Bridge workers are engaging in an “informational picket” outside of the district headquarters Friday morning, but agency officials say the gathering is not a strike.

The Golden Gate Bridge District is in the midst of contract negotiations with all but one of its 28 unions, and some workers are angry at the agency over proposed givebacks in the talks.

According to a flyer being circulated at the gathering, workers are upset about being asked to pay up to 12.5 percent of their premium health plans. Currently the workers do not contribute anything to their premium health benefits.

The employees are also upset that they are being offered a 2.5 annual wage increase over the next three years, a rate that is lower than the current inflation rate of 3.9 percent.

Mary Currie, spokesman for the bridge district, said the employees — none of whom are currently scheduled to work — are handing out leaflets and holding up signs outside the district headquarters because Rriday is the agency’s bi-monthly board meeting. She said the demonstration is not a strike or a picket.

Language from the union group’s flyers also does not mention the gathering as a strike, instead calling the event an “informational picket.”

Friday’s demonstration is expected to last until 11 a.m.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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