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SB 1010: Shining a Light on Drug Prices

By Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina)

New and innovative drugs have brought about life-saving medications that have revolutionized the treatment of many diseases. Unfortunately, more and more often these treatments more and more come with budget-busting price tags. The Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, priced at $84,000 for a regular course of treatment, is one of those examples.

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AB 2395: A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

by Robert Longer, Legislative-Political Director, CWA Local 9421

Today 50+ members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), District 9, packed the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations hearing room, complete with bright orange t-shirts and CWA logos. What was normally a boring committee meeting turned into quite a show of unity, and certainly caught the attention of lawmakers. Why such a big turnout? CWA members were present to oppose Assembly Bill 2395.

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Boosting Workers is a Big Boost for the Economy

by Steve Smith

The “chicken little” crowd of corporate CEOs and their lobbyists keeps saying anything California does to boost working people is a “job killer.” Unfortunately for them, the facts tell a very different story. Look no further than the latest unemployment figures, showing yet another drop to 5.3 percent, the lowest level since 2007.

California is the most pro-worker state in the country. We just raised the minimum wage to $15 per hour. We’re combatting against wage theft. We support stronger unions. We tackle retirement security head on. We protect immigrant workers from exploitation. The Chamber of Commerce’s nightmare is for everyone else the California Dream.


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Seven Things You Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules

Seven Things You Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules

According to news reports, the Obama administration will unveil new rules on Wednesday that will make millions more people eligible to receive overtime pay. Click here for seven things you need to know about the new rule!

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California Workers Deserve Reliable Schedules

Senator Leyva introduces The Reliable Scheduling Act to bring stability to families across California

By Rachel Warino


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Radical responses to the Great Depression

by Fred Glass

This installment of the California labor history series is excerpted from the forthcoming book on University of California Press, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement by California Federation of Teachers Communications Director Fred Glass. 

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Help #StampOutHunger on Saturday May 14!

The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is on Saturday, May 14. The food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), is the world’s largest one-day food drive, taking place in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. 

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California Labor “All-in-to-Win” for Silicon Valley Security Officers

by Maimuna Syed

Earlier this year thousands of security officers won the right to build their union. This is largest private sector victory in recent years. This victory goes to prove that when labor goes “All In” we can win for working people.

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Organizing Stewards Learn from the Experts

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer: “Dalzell’s bold vision sets the standard”

More than 80 Organizing Stewards and “apprentice” Organizing Stewards came together on April 22 at Weakley Hall for a one-of-a-kind workshop featuring some very influential labor leaders and worker advocates.

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Janette Reid just received a layoff notice from UC Berkeley after dedicating 30 years to the UC

By Rachel Warino

Imagine dedicating 30 years of your life to one employer, then one year away from retirement getting handed a layoff notice. It feels so wrong on such a visceral level but it just happened to Janette Reid.  Janette had worked for the University of California Berkeley Molecular & Cell Biology Department and was the first administrative support worker to receive a layoff notice.

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Make It a Union-Made Mother’s Day

by Kenneth Quinnell


Photo courtesy Labor 411

Mother’s Day is less than a week away (May 8), so you have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice tribute for mom that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out.

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California Labor Joins Union Delegation to Brazil

By Angie Wei

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to be a delegate representing the AFL-CIO to the 3rd Congress of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), at the invitation of Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre.

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Carly Fiorina: Job-Killer Extraordinaire

By Steve Smith

Just when you think former CEO and known job-killer Carly Fiorina has retreated from public life for good, she somehow ends up back in the spotlight.

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This Workers Memorial Day: Reclaim Lives Lost Needlessly to Workplace Hazards

By Jora Trang

Every year, thousands of workers are killed at work in the United States and hundreds in California. Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Federal OSHA has stated at, on average, 12 to 13 workers are killed every day nationwide. Worksafe’s analysis of 2015 Federal OSHA data show an estimated rate of one worker death on the job per week in Northern California alone. In California as a whole, close to four workers are killed each week.

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