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5/19/14

California Unions Urge Support for State’s Veterans, Yes Vote on Prop 41

By Steve Smith, California Labor Federation

Over 200,000 California veterans live in poverty. More than a quarter of the nation’s homeless veterans are right here in our state. We see them on the street. Their injuries – both physical and emotional – are evident. Yet, far too little is being done to help the heroes who fought for our country find a roof over their heads at night. That’s simply shameful.

We can do better. We must do better.


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5/15/14

Nurses Launch New Campaign to Alert Public to Dangers of Medical Technology

‘When It Matters Most, Insist on a Registered Nurse’

By Charles Idelson, National Nurses United


Watch the ad here.

Sweeping changes underway in the nation’s health care delivery system that expose hundreds of thousands of patients to severe risk  of harm are the focus of a major new national campaign by the nation’s largest organization of nurses announced today.


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5/15/14

Fast Food Strikes Go Global Today

By Kenneth Quinnell, AFL-CIO


Today, fast food workers around the world will engage in a one-day strike calling for higher wages and the right to form a union.  The events are taking place on May 15 as a symbol of the $15 wage that is being asked for by workers in the U.S. Actions are planned in more than 150 cities around the United States and in 30 other countries, according to Josh Eidelson. Thousands of workers are expected to participate and many cities will be seeing their first fast food strikes.


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5/14/14

Temporary Workers Hit Capitol to Curb Abuses,  Support AB 1897

By Steve Smith, California Labor Federation

Every day, the State Capitol is full of paid lobbyists pushing bills on behalf of clients. So when workers come to Sacramento to support a bill, folks take notice. Today, dozens of workers from around the state made the journey to the Capitol to advocate for AB 1897, critical legislation that would curb abuses of temporary and subcontracted workers, a portion of the workforce that is growing and especially vulnerable to exploitation.

 


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5/13/14

Musicians Deliver More Than 12,000 Petition Signatures to Lionsgate Films

By Jackie Tortora 

Shipping quality U.S. jobs overseas has been an issue affecting all workers and musicians and members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) are fighting back.

 


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5/13/14

Sign the Petition for Paid Sick Days

By Krista Collard


Having to choose between going to work to keep food on the table for your family and neglecting your health or the needs of sick child is not a choice people should have to make. But every day, over 5 million working Californians who lack access to paid sick days, have this unfair choice hanging over their heads.
 


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5/9/14

AFSCME: “It’s One of the Best Contracts We’ve Had”

By Olivia Sandbothe

When you’re working a high-intensity job responding to crises around the clock, it helps to know your coworkers have your back. The EMS professionals who work with Medic Ambulance in Solano County, California, saw that solidarity in action last week when they ratified a new contract with 98.6 percent support.

 


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5/8/14

In Honor of Mother’s Day, 4 Fresh “Paid Sick Days” Tips to Keep CA Moms Healthy & Happy All Year

By Krista Collard

You might be surprised to learn that more flowers get sent on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year.  Yep, that’s right-- all the romantic Valentine’s Day arrangements, the spirited Christmas poinsettias, and even the blue irises at Hanukah don’t hold a candle to the floral frenzy we shower on our mamas every second Sunday of May.  As beautiful as our blossoms might be, isn’t it time to give mom something that will benefit her long after the flowers have wilted? Well here’s your chance.


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5/6/14

Workers, Teamsters Pack Legislator Briefing On Taylor Farms

Oakland Political Leaders Pledge Support for Food Processing Workers' Organizing Struggle


By Doug Bloch, Teamsters Joint Council 7

 


 

California legislators joined food workers and Teamster members on Thursday for an emergency briefing in Oakland on the organizing struggle at Taylor Farms. The event, which was organized by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, included testimony from two Taylor Farms workers about their fight for living wages and respect at the company’s plants in Tracy, Calif.


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5/6/14

Workers, Teamsters Pack Legislator Briefing On Taylor Farms

Oakland Political Leaders Pledge Support for Food Processing Workers' Organizing Struggle


By Doug Bloch, Teamsters Joint Council 7

 


 

California legislators joined food workers and Teamster members on Thursday for an emergency briefing in Oakland on the organizing struggle at Taylor Farms. The event, which was organized by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, included testimony from two Taylor Farms workers about their fight for living wages and respect at the company’s plants in Tracy, Calif.


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5/5/14

Pac-12 Networks Shafts Broadcast Technicians

By Sandra England

This piece originally appeared in Beyond Chron on May 5, 2014

 



Has income inequality really become the “defining challenge of our time” as President Obama has proclaimed?

One look at the number one book on Amazon’s bestseller list, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which scrutinizes income inequality and capitalism, and you might be convinced that people do care.

Tell that to the Pac-12 Networks.

 


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5/2/14

Labor History Month Celebrates Workers’ Contribution

By Fred Glass, California Federation of Teachers
 

Rockwell Kent, Save This Right Hand, 1949

 

May is Labor History Month.  Signed into law as AB 2269 (Swanson) in 2012 by Governor Brown, its purpose is to encourage schools “to commemorate this month with appropriate educational exercises that make pupils aware of the role the labor movement has played in shaping California and the United States.”

 


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4/29/14

Workers Memorial Day Shines Light on Poor Workplace Safety Standards

By Krista Collard

Injured workers and the loved ones of those killed on the job shared their stories at a remembrance ceremony for Workers Memorial Day on Tuesday, shining a light on how bad safety standards are in the workplace, even in 2014.


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4/26/14

Finally, A Commons Sense Solution for Ending CEO Pay Disparities

By Krista Collard
 

When CEOs yearly compensation reaches levels of 1,700 times the pay of the company’s average worker, it’s pretty obvious that something, somewhere has gone terribly wrong. As most people are left scratching their heads to find a solution all the talk has been met with nothing more than static inaction.


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