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Historic Immigration Meeting of California Labor Councils

by Tim Paulson, San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director

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The San Francisco Labor Council and the California Federation of Labor hosted an historic summit of 12 California Labor Councils to discuss how the union movement is uniquely positioned to help immigrant workers and their families.

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Last night AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the working people of the DNC

Last night AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the working people of the Democratic National Convention.

Watch the video to see his remarks!

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Historic Agreement Paves Way for Alliance Between Labor and Environmentalists

by Tom Dalzell

For too long, the interests of labor and environmental groups have cleaved through the Democratic Party. The transition to clean energy has stressed this relationship further: as carbon-based sources of power come under fire, the union jobs that go along with them (workers at power plants) are being replaced by low-wage, non-union positions (think solar panel installers, who frequently make minimum wage).

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Calling out the billionaires who opposed funding for schools

Explosive new report reveals wealthy Californians who tried to defeat Prop. 30 while professing to champion the needs of children and public education

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The 50s:  Era of Business Unionism

by Fred Glass

This installment of the California labor history series is excerpted from the newly released book, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement by California Federation of Teachers Communications Director Fred Glass. Available for purchase via the University of California Press website. 

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How Nick Pepper Caught the $5,000 Fugitive

By Rebecca Band

IBEW 1245 member Nick Pepper was enjoying a day off from work when something serendipitous happened.

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My family was undocumented

by Angie Wei

We’ve been holding our breath all of June, waiting for yet another Supreme Court decision that could change the lives of millions of Californians.  Heartbroken, disappointed, but not surprised, this Court denied our dream of opportunities for the millions of immigrant workers who are at risk every day.  At risk of getting separated from their families, at risk of employer exploitation, at risk of returning to a country they hardly remember, at risk of losing their children.

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The Invisible Silicon Valley

by Maria Noel Fernandez

Invisible. That’s how Nahima Aguiniga feels at work. She works as a cashier in the cafeteria run by food service company Eurest at Intel, one of the world’s most visible tech brands. She rings up free food for the “blue badges” – direct employees of the company, many earning six figures – and collects payment from the other “green badges” – the subcontracted workers like her.

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Can You Feel the Heat In Sacramento?

This week, temperatures have reached over 110 degrees in Inland Southern California. Thousands of workers are toiling in steel shipping containers across Southern California delivering goods to all of us from companies like Amazon, Walmart and Target.  These workers, like millions of other workers in California, have no protections from the heat under the law. Employers do not have to have a plan to deal with indoor heat, even as these workers make millions of dollars for massive multinational corporations that employ them

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Everyone wants transparency…except Big Pharma

By Rachel Warino

Senate Bill 1010 (Hernandez) will likely be up for a vote next week in the California State Assembly Health Committee before heading to the floor for a vote. The bill has already passed the CA State Senate, and everyone – except Big Pharma – seems to be coming out in favor of this commonsense, pro-transparency bill.

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A Day for Dad

A step-by-step guide to a union-made Father's Day

By Michael Messina

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Our dads have done a lot for us over the years; from carrying us on his shoulders when we were small to guiding us through life’s lessons as we became adults. Once a year we give a little back to Dad on Father’s Day, and Labor 411 has put together a union-made day that will put a smile on his face.

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Working People of the AFL-CIO Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

Working people in the AFL-CIO's affiliate unions have chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process initiated one year ago to capture the interests of the 12.5 million working people the federation represents.


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