Those of you not already put off of AC Transit by its massive service cuts and general unreliability will be saddened to learn that the harried transit agency is facing yet another hurdle—mass employee absences.

It seems that after their new contract took effect a week ago, hundreds of AC Transit workers have been mysteriously absent from work. Among the conditions of the new contract are salary freezes and a $10 co-pay for health insurance.

The agency is warning riders of delays caused by these absences.

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It’s no secret that Cal’s graduation speakers are consistently lamer than comparable universities’. There a few reasons for this, one of which is union picketing. Demanding UC Berkeley action toward a smorgasboard of social issues, two unions have effectively set up a picket line that at least two speakers – one for the Chicano/Latino and one for the English graduation ceremony – will not cross. read more »