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9/3/15

AB 219 Closes Wage Loophole on Public Construction Projects

By Steve Smith

California has long been committed to ensuring that anyone employed on a public works construction project earns a living wage. That just means the wages paid to women and men who build the public structures we all use aren’t driven into poverty. The wages are set by region based on cost of living and other factors to ensure that both workers and taxpayers are protected. It’s this kind of stability and fairness that ensures these important projects are completed on time by skilled professionals who do the job right.


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8/31/15

AFSCME Local 3299 Fights for Equal Pay for All

by Kevin Brown

Historically, unions benefit all working people — union and nonunion alike — by relentlessly fighting for better wages, health care and retirement security for everyone. This couldn’t be more apparent than AFSCME Local 3299’s most recent fight to gather support for equal pay for University of California’s subcontracted workforce.


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8/26/15

Women Deserve a Voice on the Job and At the Ballot Box

By Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO and
Page Gardner, Founder and President of the Voter Participation Center


Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, a day that commemorates the 19th amendment being ratified granting millions of women the right to vote. In the 95 years since, women have used their votes to better their lives, strengthen their families and protect their communities. But women have yet to maximize their power at the polls – about a third of all U.S. women and close to 40 percent of unmarried women are not registered to vote -- or in the workplace. The labor movement provides nearly seven million women with a voice on the job through union membership and is a driving force in the fight for economic equality and security for women.


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8/24/15

Google Express Workers Choose Teamsters Representation

More than 150 Warehouse and Shipping Employees Gain Strong Voice on the Job

 


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8/20/15

Time to End Forced Arbitration – Urge Senators to Vote YES on AB 465

By Steve Smith


Whenever we start a new job, we expect to have a stack of paperwork to fill out, with documents to sign. But what we don’t expect is for the boss to demand that we sign a document that basically nullifies our rights. Under the latest scheme to cheat workers, that’s exactly what’s happening. Just ask car wash worker Yoel Matute.


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8/20/15

Union-Made Labor Day Shopping List

Jackie Tortora, AFL-CIO

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. While the day honors the hardworking women and men who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start.


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8/18/15

Film Tax Credit Brings Good Jobs Home to California

By Steve Smith

I’ll be honest…I’m not a fan of most tax breaks for businesses. More often than not, they add up to a massive giveaway to corporate CEOs that does little to nothing to create jobs or help workers. For evidence, look no further than Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.


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8/13/15

IBEW 1245 Crews Respond to Rocky Fire

by Rebecca Band

A big, severe drought inevitably leads to a big, severe fire season. The Rocky Fire is the first, but probably not the last, massive fire to sweep through northern California this summer, which means it will be a busy season for the IBEW Local 1245 members at PG&E who work to restore and repair power poles and lines.


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8/13/15

Sneak Peek Part IV: A History of the California Labor Movement

The fourth installment of the California labor history series, Striking Gold, is excerpted from the forthcoming book on University of California Press, From Mission to Microchip:  A History of the California Labor Movement by California Federation of Teachers Communications Director Fred Glass.


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8/13/15

Teamsters Take on Silicon Valley

by Doug Bloch


Under the leadership of Joint Council 7 President Rome Aloise, the Teamsters are on the front lines in the fight against income inequality in Silicon Valley.


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8/12/15

Faces of Labor: This is Who We Are

By Rachel Johnson, proud Union Member of The Newspaper Guild-Communication Workers of America 

It must be easier if they don’t have to see the families they seek to destroy. That’s the only explanation I can think of when I hear about the latest campaigns to annihilate retirement security for millions, Republican lawmakers’ efforts to push legislation that will make it harder for workers to stand together and organize, and a conservative presidential candidate who said teachers’ unions are worthy of a punch in the face.


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