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AFL-CIO Stands with NFL Cheerleader and Oakland Raiderette Lacy T.

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Cheerleading for professional sports is more than sporting sparkly midriff-baring tops, white cowboy boots and zipping off to calendar shoots...it's a job. And it's demanding. 

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California Truckers Will Be Paid $2.2 Million in Misclassification Case

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Think Progress reports that Pacer Cartage, a California logistics company, is being ordered to pay more than $2.2 million in back pay to short-haul truck drivers it illegally misclassified as independent contractors. The California Labor Commissioner's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement says that the company knew or should have known that the drivers were employees and not contractors and Pacer is required to pay restitution, attorney's fees and interest.

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California Senate Moves to Protect Foreign Workers

Photo courtesy America 2050

In a major step toward protecting migrant workers recruited through foreign labor contractors, the California Senate on Thursday voted 34-0 to approve a bill that would put limits on the worst forms of coercion associated with international labor recruitment. Regardless of visa status, migrant workers face disturbingly common patterns of abuse in the recruitment process.

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Cheer on Your Union Brothers and Sisters at the 2014 Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

This Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, union talent will be on full display at the 2014 Golden Globes Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. 

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How Do You 'Build Your Dreams' in California? By Exploiting Chinese Workers and Cutting Safety Standards, It Seems

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It was with great excitement that California elected officials welcomed the Chinese company Build Your Dreams (BYD) to build electric buses in places like Lancaster, Long Beach and Los Angeles. Hopes were high that BYD's Zero Emissions buses would clean the air, and hundreds of Angelenos would go to work in BYD's new downtown Los Angeles office, earning paychecks to support their families.

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Gov. Brown Signs Domestic Worker Bill of Rights into Law

Gov. Brown Signs Domestic Worker Bill of Rights into Law

After seven years of organizing and two vetoes, California domestic workers finally got some good news today as Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights into law. 

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BART Management’s Refusal to Compromise Will Have Dire Consequences for Bay Area

California Labor Federation photo

Negotiating a fair contract is a complex process that involves hard work and commitment from both labor and management. When both sides bargain in good faith and share a goal of securing a deal, a deal eventually gets done. I’ve personally been involved in many tough negotiations that ended with a fair deal both parties could live with. It takes patience and willingness from both sides to compromise.

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California Legislature Passes Historic Minimum Wage Increase

California made history last night. With the support of California’s unions, the legislature voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10, the highest minimum wage in the country. The wage will be implemented in two steps: an increase to $9 per hour in July of next year, followed by another $1 increase to $10 in January of 2016. Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to sign the bill, A.B. 10, authored by Assembly member Luis Alejo.

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7 Important Labor Stories You Might've Missed While You Were at the AFL-CIO National Convention

Photo courtesy Bob Jagendorf

While many of the country's most active working family advocates were in Los Angeles for the AFL-CIO national convention, the rest of the country continued to operate, with legislation, elections and judicial decisions of significant importance continuing to move forward. Here are eight stories you might have missed while the media's attention was focused on the convention.

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Legislative Wins in California Inspire AFL-CIO 2013 Delegates to Take Action in Their States

In 2004, after a long string of Republican governors and the shockingly narrow defeat of Prop. 72—which would have ushered in the most progressive health care reform ever implemented in the United States—California labor leaders got mad. And then they got organized. 

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