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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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2/17/16

New AFL-CIO TPP Report Highlights Lack of Worker Protections

by Kenneth Quinnell

 
New AFL-CIO TPP Report Highlights Lack of Worker Protections

new report released yesterday shows how the Trans-Pacific Partnership lacks adequate labor rights provisions. 


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2/11/16

Celebrating a pioneering labor leader in California

Q&A with Doug Moore, UDW

by Rachel Warino

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to spotlight one of California's most forward-thinking labor leaders, Doug Moore. Mr. Moore is the Executive Director of United Domestic Workers of America, AFSCME Local 3930which is made up of over 91,000 California home care workers. His union has made historical gains under his leadership, expanding membership by the thousands in recent years. When talking to Mr. Moore I was struck by his enthusiasm and seemingly tireless resolve to grow our labor movement. You can tell he cares deeply about his members, the broader workers’ rights movement, and racial justice in our country.  Let’s dive in.

 


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2/10/16

Injustice anywhere: A reflection on homecare and Black History Month

by Doug Moore

In California, this month is particularly poignant for the homecare providers of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). On February 1, all of the state's nearly 400,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers became eligible to earn overtime pay and other basic labor protections for the first time in history.


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2/10/16

Pulaski: Congress Must Reject Job-Killing TPP

By Steve Smith

On Monday, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, representing a fake astroturf group  called the “Progressive Coalition for American Jobs,” penned a misleading op-ed in the Sacramento Bee in support of the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Cabaldon used a study from the Peterson Institute to help make his case that the TPP is good for jobs. Unfortunately for Cabaldon, he must not have actually read the study he cited because it actually says the flawed deal wouldn’t create any jobs AND it would lead to fewer good-paying manufacturing jobs.

Today, California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski set the record straight with his own op-ed in the Bee, pointing out the many harmful effects of the deal.


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2/8/16

CSU Faculty Demand Fair Contract, Set Potential Strike Dates

By Steve Smith

The faculty members on the campuses of the California State University system give their all each and every day to teach and mentor California’s future job force. All they ask in return is a fair wage and decent benefits.


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2/8/16

Today & Tomorrow: Tell Congress to Stop the TPP

By Rachel Warino

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a bad deal for working families in our country. We anticipated it would be when we fought against fast-tracking in through Congress and our worst fears were realized when the text was finally released to the public for the first time just a few months ago. This week, working people are standing together to urge Congress to stand with American workers and vote No on the TPP.


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2/5/16

Prop 39 Success Stories: workers trained across California for careers in green jobs

By Anne McMonigle

In 2012, California voters passed Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop 39), closing a tax loophole that rewarded companies for hiring outside of California. This proposition promised to use the new revenue to create green jobs and lessen our budget deficit. Just a few years later, California voters will be happy to hear that Prop 39 continues to deliver on its promise.


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2/5/16

IBEW Local 1245’s Organizing Stewards Spread the Activism Bug

By Rebecca Band
Photos by John Storey

IBEW Organizing Stewards meeting at the union hall in Vacaville, Calif. on January 22nd 2015.

The 2016 class of Local 1245 Organizing Stewards

If enthusiasm is contagious, then we’ve got an epidemic breaking out at IBEW Local 1245.

 


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2/1/16

Robin Hood in Reverse

Why Californians Who Care About Income Inequality and Our Environment Should Oppose the PUC's Net Energy Metering Ruling

by Tom Dalzell in Huffington Post 


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