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3/25/16

Who Benefits from Private Courts in the TPP? We’ll Give You One Guess

By Ian Kaplan

The Trans-Pacific Partnership sets up private “corporate courts,” with few rules, that are only open for multinational companies to sue countries. Nearly all the winnings in these "corporate courts" go to the world’s biggest corporations and richest people—and most of the rest goes to the lawyers who work in these tribunals, according to a new study.


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3/22/16

We’re standing together to put an end to surprise medical bills

Last year’s biggest legislative battle on healthcare to return

by Rachel Warino

“When Sarah had a baby in June 2015, she researched her options and chose an in-network hospital. She ended up having an unplanned C-section and was surprised when she received a $1,050 bill for the out-of-network anesthesiologist. “I'm grateful that my baby girl is healthy and that my delivery went well, but I had no idea the anesthesiologist would be out-of-network and not covered by my insurance. That unexpected additional $1,050 bill was a burden on our budget”


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3/18/16

North Valley Labor Federation Public Employee Summit Builds Power in the Valley

by Tim Robertson

On Saturday, March 5, members from fifteen public sector unions joined for a summit in Merced to discuss ongoing threats to public employees and how to fight back. The event, hosted by the North Valley Labor Federation, saw over 40 union members from across the Central Valley – a challenging area for unions – unite to build power for working people. Through improving communications and organizing skills, public employee members and leaders are now poised to grow the power of their locals and the Labor Movement as a whole.


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3/17/16

Dolores Huerta: Making History

by Olivia Sanbothe, AFSCME

Dolores Huerta worked for decades to improve conditions for some of our country’s most disadvantaged workers. As we celebrate Women’s History Month by recognizing the women who have helped build the American labor movement, few are more worthy than this living legend.


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3/16/16

2016 Joint Legislative Conference Showcases a Union Strong California

by Rachel Warino

More than 500 union members, leaders, and activists met in Sacramento this week to plan and execute a shared agenda to raise standards for all working people in California. The conference theme: Union Strong. In California, Union Strong means a path to the middle class and the American Dream for all.


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3/9/16

IBEW 1245 Launches Public Sector Member-to-Member Education Drive on the “Union Difference”

by Eileen Purcell

IBEW 1245 public sector members discuss the union difference

 

“Why pay dues when I can enjoy all the benefits of the union contract without spending a dime?” 

This is just one of the tough questions that 60 IBEW 1245 public sector member-leaders tackled as they prepared to launch a new member-to-member educational drive to push back against the growing attacks against public sector unions.


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3/8/16

On International Women’s Day, Liz Shuler Highlights TPP’s Negative Impact on Women

By Rachel Warino

March 8th is recognized worldwide as International Women’s Day (IWD). This is a day meant to celebrate the contributions of women to their communities across the world and to continue our fight for global equality.  

 


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3/1/16

AFL-CIO Asserts that Gig Economy Workers Are Employees

by Kenneth Quinnell

AFL-CIO Asserts that Gig Economy Workers Are Employees

The AFL-CIO Executive Council affirmed that working people in the gig economy share a single common designation: employees.


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2/25/16

He Delivers Baby – by Phone

by Martin Ricard

He Delivers Baby – by Phone

In his 20 years as an emergency dispatcher, Robert Vega has delivered babies on the spot and dealt with calls from women about to give birth, but the call he got through the California Highway Patrol dispatch center last October was one for the books.


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2/25/16

Dolores Huerta Joins Educators to Appeal Meritless Vergara Ruling

by Steve Smith

This morning in Los Angeles, civil rights icon Dolores Huerta joined teachers and parents to appeal the flawed ruling in the Vergara case that would undercut public education to the detriment of the state’s 6 million students.


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2/23/16

NLRB Orders FedEx Freight to Bargain With Teamsters Local 439

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered FedEx Freight to cease and desist from refusing to bargain with Teamsters Local 439, a huge victory for the drivers who voted 33 to 12 to form their union in March 2015.


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2/18/16

Teamsters Union Denounces Corporate Greed, Demands United Airlines Deliver Fair Contract

by Rachel Warino

Tomorrow Teamsters Aircraft Mechanics are standing together to join a nationwide day of action against United Airlines. Over 93% of the 9,000 mechanics nationwide voted to reject United Airline’s final offer and to authorize a strike. Teamsters in California will punch out for their lunch break and rally outside San Francisco International Airport to show solidarity with their coworkers across the country.


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2/18/16

Tell Senate Republicans: #DoYourJob

by Rachel Warino

This past weekend, the death Justice Scalia left an open seat on the Supreme Court. The President has constitutional authority to full that seat, but Senate Republicans immediately said they would not hold hearings to even vote on a nominee. 

Join us and AFL-CIO President Trumka in telling Senate Republicans: #DoYourJob!


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