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8/27/14

IBEW 1245 Members Respond to Potential Gas Leaks Following Napa Earthquake

By Eric Wolfe

IBEW 1245 members swarmed across the Napa area in the hours after the 6.0 magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24, responding to over 400 PG&E customer calls of gas odors. In many cases, a visit by a gas serviceman was all it took to address the problem.


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8/26/14

Passing Paid Sick Days Shows That We Matter

By Krista Collard

Yesterday I went to Sacramento to join folks from the Organization United for Respect (OUR Walmart) campaign for a Lobby Day. It was one of those days where a big group gets together and knocks the doors of those legislators who have sworn to make laws that serve and protect the needs of their California constituents.  In a coordinated effort we split up, each sub-group taking its designated floor of the Capitol by storm.


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8/22/14

TEAM Program Ignites North Valley Activists

By Tim Robertson

Activists from throughout the North San Joaquin Valley came together for a graduation ceremony Saturday, the culmination of a four-week program designed to identify and activate rank-and-file members through a series of trainings. 


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8/20/14

Celebrities Join Film and TV Workers, Flood Capitol in Support of Good Jobs

By Krista Collard



We all remember “Marv” from Home Alone-- the not-so-clever “Wet Bandit” burglar, played by Daniel Stern. Thanks to great acting and the several talented makeup and special effects artists— we all laughed as 10 year old Macaulay Culkin repeatedly beat the ever-living-crap out of Stern and his co-star Joe Pesci. The ability to deliver this kind of pain-free magic to families the world over, generation after generation, is what California’s movie industry is famous for. And each and every worker on the production contributes to the magic we see on-screen. But recently, that magic--and the livelihoods of the workers who bring it to life-- have been under attack.
 


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8/20/14

San Francisco Taxi Workers Vote to Unionize

By Mike Hall

San Francisco taxi drivers last week voted to form the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance (SFTWA) and affiliate with the National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA). They are the second group of taxi workers in recent weeks to join with NTWA following the Montgomery County (Md.) Professional Drivers Union’s affiliation.

 


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8/19/14

San Jose Cuts Endanger Public Safety

By Kevin Brown

Cutting the pay and pensions of city employees has become a public safety issue for one of California’s largest cities.

After San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed implemented the cuts, an alarming number of city employees left to pursue better wages and benefits elsewhere.  As a result, the San Jose Police Department’s 911 Emergency Dispatch Center is operating at critical staffing levels.


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8/12/14

Senate must stand up to Corporate Lobby, Deliver on Paid Sick Days

By Steve Smith

As we get closer to the end of the California legislative session, you see a lot more corporate types in fancy suits roaming in and around the Capitol. The goal? Stamp out worker-friendly bills. Near the top of their hit list this year is AB 1522, an effort authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to allow all California workers to earn a few desperately needed paid sick days on the job.


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8/12/14

Golden Gate Bridge Workers Trying to Bridge the Gap, but Management Balking

By Mike Hall

The 450 workers in the 13 unions that comprise the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition have authorized a strike if a new agreement cannot be reached. The ferry deckhands and captains; bus servicers and mechanics; bridge ironworkers and inspectors; and construction tradesmen and women have been working without a contract since July 1.


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7/31/14

California Labor Convention Builds Power for Workers

By Steve Smith

Union democracy really is an awesome thing to behold. This week, the California Labor Federation held its biennial convention in San Diego, with union delegates setting the course for Labor this year and beyond. The theme: building power by standing together. At its core, that’s what the labor movement is all about. Building economic power by giving workers the opportunity to stand together to bargain for fair wages and decent benefits and building political power by mobilizing in force to elect worker-friendly candidates to office.


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7/23/14

Ventura County Pension Supporters to Opponents: Return PAC Contributions from TX Enron Billionaire

By Steven Maviglio

Citizens for Retirement Security (CRS), the coalition opposing the Ventura County Taxpayers Association ballot measure to eliminate retirement benefits for the county’s public employees, today called on its opponents to return $150,000 the group has received from a Houston, Texas political committee headed by former Enron executive John Arnold.


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7/22/14

Economics 101: Raising Taxes on Wealthy Doesn’t Kill Jobs

By Steve Smith

In the run-up to the 2012 general election, the anti-Prop 30 fear mongering was reaching a fevered pitch. The sky would fall, said groups like the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) and the corporate-backed National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) if Prop 30 passed. According to these groups, demanding the ultra-rich pay their fair share to protect California schools from devastating cuts would lead to economic catastrophe.


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7/21/14

Security Officers Standup for Good Jobs at Tech Giants like Apple and Google

By Krista Collard

Apple, Google and other tech giants in the Silicon Valley are booming.  But their security officers are missing out, struggling to support their families in the shadow of the industry’s lopsided success.


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7/17/14

SF Giants Concession Workers Hit Homerun In Contract Fight

By Carl Finamore

Hey Baseball Fans, a big win was pulled out recently by the home team at beautiful San Francisco Giants stadium. The Giants are one of the oldest and most successful sports franchises in the country with more Hall of Fame enrollees and more total games won than any other club.


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7/16/14

Teamster Vision

By Vivian Rothstein

Jeff Farmer 

With his pressed jeans, vegan diet and runner’s frame, Jeff Farmer could be a high-tech entrepreneur. But his heart is with low-wage parking attendants, taxi drivers and truckers instead of corporate profits.

As the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ national organizing director, Farmer doesn’t mind that his union has a reputation for being the biggest and baddest kid on the block. 


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