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3/24/15

AB 32 Supports Clean Environment, Good Jobs and Safer Workplaces

By Steve Smith

There’s an undeniable link between workers’ rights and environmental protections. It’s pretty difficult to work safely if environmental standards don’t exist to prevent the pollution of air and water in our communities. That’s why unions steadfastly support California’s landmark environmental climate change law, AB 32. In an op-ed in the San Bernardino Sun last week, Laura Reynolds of the Communications Workers of America and Fernando Losada of the California Nurses Association write about the importance of safeguarding and expanding AB 32 so we can all live and work in safe, healthy communities in the future.


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3/23/15

New website reveals billionaire’s campaign to dismantle retirement security

by Carolyn Constantino

A new website reveals that Enron-billionaire John Arnold has spent up to $50 million of his own fortune to dismantle retirement plans for firefighters, nurses, teachers and other public employees.


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3/20/15

Amazing But True: This Job-Killing Train Wreck

By Art Pulaski, California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer

It’s a big secret.  That’s just how the biggest corporations like it. And they sure don’t want any light shined on their secret deals.

That’s why their lobbyists - and the politicians they fund - are pushing “fast track” legislation to hide the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) from the light of day. Remember NAFTA? That was also negotiated in secret. The TPP free-trade deal is NAFTA on steroids. It’s the biggest one yet covering the countries on all sides if the Pacific Ocean.  It is very bad news for our jobs.


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3/16/15

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Q&A with Shelley Kessler

by Rachel Johnson

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are honoring women leaders in the California Labor Movement. Today I sat down with Shelley Kessler, a pillar of the labor movement in California. Shelley got started in the union movement in a male-dominated industry and has led the charge advocating for safety in the workplace. As head of the San Mateo Country Central Labor Council, Kessler represents 110 affiliated local unions and over 70,000 working member families. She has been at the Labor Council for 29 years, first as the political director. She also currently serves as a Vice President of the California State Labor Federation and an IAM Delegate to the AFL-CIO.


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3/11/15

It’s Time for Employers to Recognize Pregnant Workers’ Rights

By Liz Morris

Despite the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act almost 40 years ago, working women are still pushed out of the workplace with astounding frequency when they become pregnant.  This is particularly true for women working low-wage or physically demanding jobs.


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3/11/15

Meet the caregivers who are standing up for a living wage, dignity

By Margitte Kristjansson and Allison Padgett

It is inconceivable but true: in 2015 there are workers in America that don’t have the right to a minimum wage.

What’s worse, these workers are responsible for taking care of the most important people in our lives—our grandparents, parents, friends, and loved ones who require in-home support to stay safe and healthy at home. And thanks in part to our aging baby boomers, homecare is the fastest-growing occupation in America.


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3/10/15

California RNs Sound a Code Blue on Fast Track and TPP

By Rachel Johnson

California registered nurses (RNs) marched to PhRMA in Sacramento and visited district offices of several key Congress members to share their grave concerns for public health if fast-track legislation is used for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations.


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3/10/15

Another Victory for Silicon Valley Workers!

By Rachel Johnson

Every time we turn around workers have gained more ground in Silicon Valley! Just a few days after tech industry shuttle drivers voted to join Teamsters Local 853 news broke that Apple committed to increasing drivers’ salaries by 25 percent.


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3/9/15

Momentum Builds to Stop Fast Track

By Rachel Johnson

Last week, over 400 labor leaders and activists mobilized and coordinated a massive gathering in Washington D.C. for a national fly-in Lobby Day on Trade. Their mission? Demand Congress to Stop Fast Track. Leaders spent the day meeting with over 120 members of congress and staff to relay the dangers of passing massive trade agreements with Fast Track legislation.


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3/6/15

California’s investment in CSU Faculty: A Race to the Bottom

By Niesha Gates

In order to meet its mission to provide high quality higher education in California, the California State University (CSU) promises to “emphasize quality in instruction”. However, over the last decade, a new report has found that the CSU has failed to invest in the very people who provide this quality instruction to nearly half a million students at 23 CSU campuses across the state. To make matters worse, these findings come at a time when student tuition has been skyrocketing.


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3/5/15

Time for California to Fully Fund Higher Education

By Steve Smith

Budgeting is a matter of priorities. Just ask any family who budgets monthly. The necessities always take priority. In that sense, state budgeting is no different. Education, infrastructure, health care, public safety and the safety net, among other essential services, should all be paramount.  And the workers who deliver those services ought to be able to count on a living wage and decent benefits.


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3/4/15

Victory for Apple Security Officers!

by Rachel Johnson

We have another victorious example of what workers can do when they stand strong together! Just this week, advocates for security officers at Apple were planning to send a message to the tech giant with storefront actions around the state to demand they stop contracting their work out Security Industry Specialists (SIS). Before all actions could even be completed, Apple released a statement announcing that will start hiring security officers in-house and offer them full-time work with fair wages and benefits. This is an incredible win for workers and their families in Silicon Valley!


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3/2/15

Oakland Workers Get a Raise Today (And Paid Sick Days Too!)

By Steve Smith

Nearly 48,000 workers in Oakland got a raise today. No, this wasn’t a gift by altruistic corporate CEOs (now there’s an oxymoron). Today’s raise is courtesy of Measure FF, which voters passed in November due to the strong support of Bay Area labor unions and community groups. And not only do workers get a bump in pay to $12.25 an hour beginning today, the measure also provides for paid sick days, which will impact more than 56,000 workers in Oakland. The minimum wage is indexed to inflation, ensuring it will rise as the cost of living does.


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2/27/15

Black History Month Labor Profiles: Rachel Bryan

by Kevin Banatte and Kenneth Quinnell

Rachel Bryan is currently the governmental relations and community liaison at Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 595 in Stockton, Calif. She became involved in the labor movement as a member of the local’s apprenticeship program.


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