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Teachers Convene at National Convention in Los Angeles

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Starting tomorrow in Los Angeles, teachers from all around the country will be arriving in Los Angeles for the AFT convention. AFT President Randi Weingarten will preside over a convention that will feature speakers like Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.); Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.); California Gov. Jerry Brown; Tom Torlakson, who is running for California superintendent of public instruction against an opponent funded by corporate "reformers"; the Rev. William Barber, the driving force behind North Carolina's Moral Mondays; and, most importantly, the teachers who work hard every day to educate the country's future generations. The convention runs through Monday morning.

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California Senate Moves to Protect Foreign Workers

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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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15 Big Victories for California's Working Families

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With House Republicans in Congress holding lifelines for working families hostage and irresponsibly shutting down the country, it's hard not to be pessimistic about the state of the country. But in California, working families, Democrats and allies have set an example of how not only we can win some of these battles, but how we make progress. 

Read more from the California Labor Federation: Close of Legislative Session Brings Real Gains to California Workers

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Inquiry Ordered into BART Talks

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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) ordered a board of inquiry Sunday night to investigate the contract negotiations between the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) authority and the unions representing the system’s 2,400 workers. The order averted a strike—for at least seven days—that was likely to begin this morning if negotiators were unable to reach a new contract.

The unions, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1555 and SEIU Local 1021, told reporters that they hoped the boards’ investigation would reveal BART management’s failure to bargain in good faith and its lack of commitment to reaching a fair settlement.

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California’s Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights and TRUST Act Vetoed

Late Sunday night California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed the California Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights and TRUST Act. The TRUST Act would have prevented a deeply flawed federal deportation program from tearing apart more California families, diverting important resources and costing the state millions of dollars. 

The governor's midnight veto of the California Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights “does not shake our commitment to winning in California or building a national movement,” said the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), in a statement released Monday. The group vowed to carry on the fight for the workplace rights of the state’s 200,000 domestic service workers.

Even in the face of setbacks like this one, our movement for dignity, respect and labor protections for domestic workers grows stronger. We know that our work to make the world a more just place for domestic workers—and for all of us—is the work of a lifetime. And one governor’s poor decision will not derail us.

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Union DREAMer Joins Thousands Calling on Gov. Brown to Sign TRUST Act

Neidi Dominguez.

Neidi Dominguez, an organizer with the CLEAN Carwash Campaign, sends us this excerpt from her opinion column on Politics 365

When President Obama announced in June that he would grant certain young, undocumented immigrants the opportunity to avoid deportation and work legally in the United States, thousands of people felt the cloud of stress and fear, which shadows our lives, begin to lift. That announcement was an important step to advance the rights of aspiring citizens in this country. 

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Brown Signs Law Protecting Project Labor Agreements in California

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law this week a bill that says local governments cannot issue blanket prohibitions on project labor agreements (PLAs) without losing state funding for public works projects. Los Angeles and San Francisco recently approved PLAs for projects that will create tens of thousands of good, middle-class jobs. But other cities—including San Diego— have tried to ban the agreements.

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Nurses Rally for Wall Street Tax, Get Thanks from Gov. Brown

More than 1,000 registered nurses attending the National Nurses United (NNU) convention rallied outside the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco yesterday. The action was part of NNU’s ongoing campaign for a tax on Wall Street’s financial speculation to provide revenue for Main Street reforms, including jobs at living wages, guaranteed health care for all and freedom from hunger, homelessness and retirement insecurity.

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