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That's Not Funny: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Mike Mozart on Flickr

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Shattering the Model Minority Myth: Mass Incarceration and Asian and Pacific Islanders

The "model minority" myth concerning Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) doesn't represent the reality of AAPIs' lives, a panel of activists told an audience at AFL-CIO headquarters on Wednesday. In fact, this myth harms AAPIs by preventing creation of services and infrastructure to help alleviate the problems faced by the community that contribute to mass incarceration.

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Union Sportsmen Help Restore Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve

Union Sportsmen Help Restore Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve

Last weekend, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance Work Boots on the Ground project brought together more than 100 volunteers to help restore the wildlife and recreational coastal wetlands at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, Calif. The crews included skilled union trade workers, adults and youth from the community. They worked on a one-mile stretch of the trail, pulling invasive weeds, repairing wood and metal fencing and removing graffiti. Bolsa Chica contains more than 500 acres of wildlife habitat and is vital for ducks and migratory birds.

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

By Stasiland/Flickr

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

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California Truckers Will Be Paid $2.2 Million in Misclassification Case

Photo courtesy Californiagal22 on Flickr

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

Photo courtesy MTA Photos

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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