Pacific Steel Castings: Mixing Steel and Politics.
Berkeley CA February 12, 2008
Several hundred Pacific Steel workers rallied outside the Berkeley City Council to lobby for their employer and against the loss of their jobs. The video begins with a short news brief broadcast on Channel 7 on February 6th. The West Berkeley Company had been asked to council to answer for its failure to put in place effective measures to abate it foundry's industrial odors.
The most recent odor complaint had come from Berkeley City Councilwoman Linda Maio, representative to the foundry's downwind community. As witnessed at council, she reversed direction when confronted by steel workers and their families. Note: The steel workers' impromptu rally converged with a "Code Pink" demonstration regarding military recruitment in Berkeley. This made for a very interesting conclave of nearly 500 union laborers, protesters and police.