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California’s Unions Step Up for Veterans

California’s Unions Step Up for Veterans

My grandfather, a member of what Tom Brokaw coined the “greatest generation,” was a chief petty officer in the US Navy during World War II, fighting along so many others for nothing less than freedom itself. He made it back. Many of those he served with did not.

Upon returning home, he needed a job. While looking for work is never easy, he found meaningful employment first as a police officer in Washington state and then later at Caltrans in the San Joaquin Valley. Back then, putting veterans to work was a priority. Government partnered with labor unions and employers to create a pathway to careers for veterans who bravely served our country, defending the freedoms many take for granted today.

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FPPC Levies Record Fines Against Dark Money Group

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission today sent a strong message to shadowy out-of-state special-interest groups and donors trying to influence our state’s elections by levying record fines for contributions to committees that supported Prop. 32 and opposed Prop. 30.

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

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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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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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Kochs Give Up Bid to Buy Los Angeles Times

Kochs Give Up Bid to Buy Los Angeles Times

Right-wing, extremist billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have ended their pursuit of the Los Angeles Times and other Tribune Co. newspapers after months of protests by community groups, journalists and other free press advocates.

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SF Chronicle Op-ed Scapegoats BART Workers, Ignores Real Problem

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I’ve seen some pretty outrageous anti-worker opinion pieces written about the contract negotiations at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) over the last two months. But nothing I’ve read is as infuriating as Friday’s San Francisco Chronicle op-ed from Chuck and Barbara McFadden.

In short, the McFaddens assert that workers like those at BART are not deserving of the middle-class wage their unions negotiate.

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Thousands Converge on Rep. McCarthy’s Office to Demand Vote on Immigration Reform

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Early in the morning in the middle of August, in cities across the state of California, alarms went off, coffee was made and bags were packed as families left their homes to travel to Bakersfield for a massive mobilization in support of comprehensive immigration reform and a road map to citizenship.  

Some activists came in vans and some came in cars, motorcycles and even a giant Teamsters bus, but together thousands spoke in one voice to send a clear message to Rep. Kevin McCarthy: We demand a vote on comprehensive immigration reform that contains a pathway to citizenship!

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Kids These Days: Unions, Workers' Rights and the 'Now' Generation

You’ve probably heard it from a colleague, or maybe from a friend or family member:  

“Kids these days… they’re just too ambivalent to care about labor unions or workers' rights.”

But as it turns out, that’s just not true. Young people are actually big fans of unions. Fully 61% of young people view labor unions favorably – and that’s more than 10 points higher than the national average, according to a new Pew poll.

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Report: ‘Walmart Loophole’ Allows Big Employers to Undermine Affordable Care Act

Photo courtesy: Ron Dauphin

We all know that working for Walmart is no picnic. It pays low wages, slashes hours, offers little or no job security, exploits and intimidates workers and uses sweatshop labor. That’s why Walmart workers are on strike this week, to protest the corporation’s greedy behavior and shady business practices. Learn more about the strike here.

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