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IBEW 1245 Crews Respond to Rocky Fire

Photos by John Storey

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

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Spotlight on AFL-CIO Union Summer: Meet Las Mujeres Latinas of Team LA

   Team LA in solidarity with El Super workers! Gloria Juarez, Vanessa Gonzalez, Sharon Velasquez, Valerie Gomez

Summer’s peaked and her scorching heat has made us air-conditioned office-goers slow, but there is a group of interns who have been on their feet and on the front lines all summer long.

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Artists Just Wanna Get Fair Pay: Winners and Losers of the Week

Artists Just Wanna Get Fair Pay: Winners and Losers of the Week

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 went above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whomever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Stand Up Against Workplace Violence for National Nurses Week

Stand Up Against Workplace Violence for National Nurses Week

Being a nurse is challenging enough without facing violence in the workplace, but that's exactly what many nurses in California hospitals have been facing for many years. There currently are no violence prevention programs in place to protect the state's health care professionals from on-the-job assaults. Not only is staff safety a concern, but it becomes a public safety issue when patients can't be confident in their own safety, either.

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No More Passing the Buck in California: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy One Way Stock 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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California Passes Paid Sick Days Law but Home Health Care Workers Left Out

Infographic via ThinkProgress

Six and a half million California workers will now have access to paid sick days, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Workers will be able to earn three paid sick days a year. Unfortunately, home care workers were excluded from the final bill. 

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Court Rules That Those People Working for FedEx Are, in Fact, FedEx Employees

Photo courtesy Crystian Cruz on Flickr

Let's pose a hypothetical situation. You're sitting at home and a truck pulls up outside. On the side of the truck, it says FedEx. The driver who gets out is wearing a hat that says "FedEx" and a shirt that says "FedEx." She walks up to your front door, rings the bell and has you sign a FedEx clipboard scanner thing. She hands you a package with FedEx printed on the box. You ask the delivery driver about her job and she tells you that FedEx controls virtually every aspect of her workday, including her appearance, the way the truck looks, the areas she delivers to and the hours she works. You get the idea. 

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Burger King's Latest Whopper, Tax Inversion: 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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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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