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New Law Will Protect Low-Wage Earners from Debt Collectors
by Jessica Bartholow
The fight for fifteen is no longer just a slogan, or a hashtag. It is now the law in an increasing number of California cities and will soon be a checkbox on our ballots. And, in January, California will have the highest minimum wage in the nation. As the most prosperous state in the country, with one of the highest rates of income inequality, it is only right that we should.
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Powerful Corporate Interests Attempt Power Grab with Friedrichs Case
By Steve Smith
There’s been a good amount of hullabaloo in recent days about a Supreme Court case that threatens to undermine the ability of working people to stand together to negotiate a fair wage and decent benefits. Oral arguments in the case, Friedrichs v CTA, were presented before the Court yesterday. The case involves the Court re-examining a 40-year precedent that allows unions to charge fair-share fees for representing those who choose not to join the union but still benefit from the contracts it negotiates.
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2015 Victories to Ring in the New Year
By Rachel Warino
Passing laws that help improve the quality of life for working families can be a tough prospect. Commonsense ideas that help workers thrive in our society - raising the minimum wage, ensuring all workers have access to paid sick days, over time pay, to name a few – have always faced incredible pushback from the very same corporations and their lobbyists who benefit from a shrinking middle class. Yet year after year, we see that when workers stand together, we can raise standards for all. Last year was no exception.
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Bankruptcy reforms needed to help Californians climb their way out of debt
By Senator Bob Wieckowski
New U.S. Census Bureau data show the Bay Area is booming, but rising housing costs and poverty rates are making the recovery a spectator sport for many people trying to pay their bills while eliminating their personal debt. Incomes have increased, but rents have jumped substantially more, and owner-occupied housing has dropped in the region. For most people, it’s hard to buy and keep a home.
Our Continuing Resolution
By Michael Messin, cross post from Labor 411
With the new year comes the obligatory question: Do you have any resolutions? And we tend to give the obligatory answers: Go to the gym more; eat healthier; laugh more often. And here at Labor 411, our answer tends to be the same each year, too. And for good reason; it’s an ongoing resolution: to make the American middle class stronger than it was the year before.
San Mateo City Council Backs Raising Minimum Wage to $15
by Paul Burton, Managing Editor, San Mateo Labor
In the city of San Mateo, close to 10,000 service workers, including food prep, janitors, personal care and moving/transportation workers earn a median wage of $21,860—which is at the federal poverty level for a family of three. San Mateo County Central Labor Council Community Services Director Rayna Lehman told the San Mateo City Council November 16, “The minimum wage is too low. A household with two full-time workers earning the minimum wage will take home well under $38,000 per year. Our workers and our children are suffering.”
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“All the same good for Chinamen”
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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Nearly 15,000 Passenger Service Workers Win Industry-Leading Wages, Working Conditions
Passenger service workers with American Airlines, who are members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) Association, have voted to ratify a groundbreaking five-year agreement.The contract covering nearly 15,000 workers provides for initial average wage increases of 30 percent and improved benefits, among a number of other industry-leading gains.
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