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Tours and Walks

July 7 (Saturday) 12:00 Noon (Please note the time has changed)
($15 to $50 sliding scale donation to CounterPULSE). Bring a bag lunch) Meet at 1310 Mission St. at 9th, SF
Labor Bike Tour with Chris Carlson of San Francisco’s labor history.
For more info: call Chris Carlsson (415) 608 9035

July 8 (Sunday) 10:30 AM (Free) -Meet at Dewey Monument in Union Square, SF
Walk - SF History and 1877 Conditions In SF
By Historian David Giesen
Join this quick paced walking tour of labor and political history sites of San Francisco. Giesen will tie the buildings to the history and how politics played an important role in San Francisco. Learn about the Progressive period and how this figured into politics and labor in the early 20th century.
(415) 948-4265

July 8 (Sunday) 1:00 PM (Free) -Meet at Virginia & Coleridge, near Mission & 30th St., SF
Walk - Railway Strike of 1907 Bernal History
By Milne and Molly Martin of the Bernal Heights Preservation Society
A walk with a focus on the United Railway Strike of 1907. For more information, call: (415) 285-8978.

July 14 (Saturday) 1:00 PM (Free) The Red Stone Building 16th Street at Capp, SF
The Redstone Walk – Labor, Art & The Politics of the Mission District
By Louis Prisco
THE REDSTONE BUILDING AND ENVIRONS. An inside look at the Labor Temple that was headquarters of the 1934 General Strike, plus a brief tour of the historically rich working class neighborhood outside. This event is a supplement to the SF General Strike walk on July 21. To register for July 14 call the leader, Louis Prisco, at 415-841-1254 or send an e-mail to

July 15 (Sunday) 6:30 PM ($35.00) -Terminal E South side of the ferry building, SF (End of the Market Street)
Labor Maritime History Boat Tour
(Space still available)
This year, the LaborFest Maritime History Boat Tour is a nighttime dinner cruise. We will learn about the struggle of the ILWU-IBU and Master, Mates and Pilots to keep the bay unionized. We will sail by the rising eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
Former boilermaker and labor photographer Joseph Blum will talk about how the new bridge is being constructed along with presentations by other construction and maritime workers. Gray Brechin and other historians will provide a picture of our history in the past and it's relevance today. Betty Reid Soskin of Rosie The Riveter Project, RetiredILWU Local 10 Secretary Treasurer & maritime historian Herb Mills, Labor historian Robert Cherny, ITF Port Inspector Lila Smith. We thank Blue and Gold for the use of the boat.
6:15 PM Boarding, 6:30 PM Departure
Tour last 3 hours
Food will be provided, however, if you are on a special diet, please bring your own food.
To make your reservation:

Call (415) 642-8066 or send e-mail to
and give the following information.
1) Your name (please spell it out if you use phone)
2) Number of your reservation
3) Your phone number
You should send a check to:
P.O. Box 40983, San Francisco, CA 94140
People making reservation after 7/11, could pay at the gate before the boarding

July 21 (Saturday) 10:30 AM (Free) Meet at Harry Bridges Plaza Front of Ferry Building, SF (at the end of Market Street)
San Francisco General Strike Walk
ILWU Local 10 longshoreman Jack Heyman and labor historian Louis Prisco
This walk and history talk will look at the causes of the ‘34 general strike and why it was successful. How was the strike organized and why are the issues in that strike still relevant to working people today? Also you will walk by the key historical sites in this important US labor struggle.
Join us on the waterfront.
*Review-San Francisco General Strike Walk by Charles Slay Jul 28th, 2007

July 28 (Saturday) 10:30 AM (Free) Latham Square Telegraph and Broadway, Oakland
Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk
With Karin Hart of the Labor Studies Program at Laney College and Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society. This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland¹s "Work Holiday" that began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking ­ mostly women ­ retail clerks at Kahn¹s and Hastings department store whose picket line was being broken by police scabherding. Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 workers and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours. In 1946 there were 6 general strikes across the U.S.; that year set the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. The Oakland "Work Holiday" was the last general strike to ever occur in the U.S. and the walk and history talk will attempt to keep alive the memory of this tradition of community-wide working class solidarity.There will be a reception after the walk at the Niebyl-Proctor Library at 6501 Telegraph Ave. (at Alcatraz), in Oakland.Sponsored by Laney College Labor Studies (510-464-3210) and the Flying Picket Historical Society (415-751-1572).   
Meet at the fountain in Latham Square, in the intersection where Telegraph and Broadway converge across from the Rotunda Building (Oakland City Center/12th St. BART).
SF Chronicle's notice on this walk

July 29 (Sunday) 10:00 AM ($15.00) Aquatic Park Next to Ghiradelli Square, SF
WPA Bus Tour
With Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith
Join Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith as they travel through history on a bus tour of historic sites built by unionized labor. You will learn about the major contribution workers made during the depression era of the New Deal program. They will discuss about 75 years of WPA.
Co-sponsored by UTU Local 1741
Meet at the bottom corner of Aquatic Park Hyde & Jefferson
Reservation required: call (415) 642-8066
or by e-mail:
Make reservation, then send check to:
LaborFest, P.O. Box 40983, SF, CA 94140
(Sandwiches and drinks will be available on the bus.) Bus will be back at Hyde & Jefferson
Tour lasts about 5 hours