California Labor Convention Builds Power for Workers

Union democracy really is an awesome thing to behold. This week, the California Labor Federation held its biennial convention in San Diego, with union delegates setting the course for Labor this year and beyond. The theme: building power by standing together. At its core, that’s what the labor movement is all about. Building economic power by giving workers the opportunity to stand together to bargain for fair wages and decent benefits and building political power by mobilizing in force to elect worker-friendly candidates to office.

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Ventura County Pension Supporters to Opponents: Return PAC Contributions from TX Enron Billionaire

Citizens for Retirement Security (CRS), the coalition opposing the Ventura County Taxpayers Association ballot measure to eliminate retirement benefits for the county’s public employees, today called on its opponents to return $150,000 the group has received from a Houston, Texas political committee headed by former Enron executive John Arnold.

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Economics 101: Raising Taxes on Wealthy Doesn’t Kill Jobs

In the run-up to the 2012 general election, the anti-Prop 30 fear mongering was reaching a fevered pitch. The sky would fall, said groups like the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) and the corporate-backed National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) if Prop 30 passed. According to these groups, demanding the ultra-rich pay their fair share to protect California schools from devastating cuts would lead to economic catastrophe.

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Teamster Vision

Jeff Farmer 

With his pressed jeans, vegan diet and runner’s frame, Jeff Farmer could be a high-tech entrepreneur. But his heart is with low-wage parking attendants, taxi drivers and truckers instead of corporate profits.

As the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ national organizing director, Farmer doesn’t mind that his union has a reputation for being the biggest and baddest kid on the block. 

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Lineman Appreciation Day celebrates the unsung heroes that power our communities

Without them, we’d be sitting in the dark, freezing cold or unbearably hot. We wouldn’t be able to charge our cell phones, make our morning coffee, use our computers or watch our favorite sporting event on TV. When we’re safe in our homes amidst a big storm, they’re braving the weather to do their work. And when there’s an electrical emergency, they are the first responders who risk their own lives to serve our communities.

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AB 32 - California’s Clean Energy and Climate law - is creating jobs and helping working families

Passed in 2006, AB 32, California’s landmark clean energy and climate law, is spurring investments in the clean energy economy and transforming our energy sector in ways that benefit Californians on many levels. It is driving job growth, reducing the carbon emissions causing our climate to change, and improving air quality in regions throughout our state.  

 

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Bargaining to Fix LA: Calling on City Hall to put City Needs Ahead of Wall Street Greed

An estimated 1,000 community members, religious leaders, and LA City workers delivered over 4,000 hand-collected  petitions to send a message to the Mayor and City Council to recover taxpayer revenue from Wall Street– not working-class communities of color– to restore vital services and protect good middle-class jobs in the public sector.

 

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