A strike by Golden Gate ferry workers will shut down service on Tuesday morning for May Day, the international workers' holiday.
Similar protests and acts of civil disobedience are expected to take place in cities across the nation. In Oakland, where Occupy activists have called for a general strike, actions are scheduled to last all day, with demonstrations beginning at 8:30 a.m. and culminating in a 3 p.m. march from the Fruitvale BART station to City Hall, where a 6 p.m. rally is scheduled.
Longshoremen also have called for a daytime work stoppage at the Port of Oakland, and about 4,500 nurses working without a contract are planning to walk off their jobs at eight Bay Area Sutter Health hospitals.
Occupy Oakland no longer has plans to occupy the Golden Gate Bridge in solidarity with bridge unions that have been without a contract for nearly a year. Bridge officials said Friday that they had been working with law enforcement agencies on a plan to keep the bridge open to the estimated 110,000 cars that cross it every day.
But union ferry workers say they will strike Tuesday, leaving passengers who ride ferries from Larkspur and Sausalito with no boats in operation.
"We have been negotiating in good faith for one year now," said Rene Alvarado, ferry terminal assistant and member of the Inlandboatmen's Union, which is calling the strike.
A statement issued by the union said "the strike will shut down morning ferry
Golden Gate Bridge officials said they will cancel morning service and restart ferry service at 2:15 p.m. "The union has indicated this is only for the morning," said Mary Currie, bridge district spokeswoman. "We will have to monitor the situation.
Oakland officials also have been planning for possible disruptions. The city released a statement Friday cautioning that police were "prepared to swiftly address any criminal behavior that would damage property or jeopardize the safety of the public or police officers."
Occupy Oakland is scheduled to begin its activities at 8:30 a.m. with pickets at three locations: Snow Park to shut down banks; Telegraph Avenue and 22nd Street; and Fourth Street and Broadway.
After the 6 p.m. rally at Ogawa Plaza, Occupy supporters said, there might be an attempt to again set up camp at the plaza.
The Marin Independent Journal contributed to this report. Follow our reporters' live tweets at Twitter.com/InsideBayArea.