The Senate Is in a Hurry to Cut Our Health Care

Do you remember “Repeal and Replace,” “Repeal and Run” and “Skinny Repeal”? Those were all plans pushed by the Senate Republican leaders at the end of July in a frantic, failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make massive cuts in our health care. Millions of working people stood up and spoke out to stop those cuts. Now, however, Republican leaders are back, just as desperate but hopeful they can sneak something through.

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Labor Day 2017: Good Jobs and Zero Waste Now!

Sonoma County residents have an historic opportunity to address two of America’s most critical 21st century issues: one is soaring economic inequality and the explosion of low-wage jobs paying less than $15 an hour; the other is global warming and the imperative to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ending our reliance on fossil fuel.  California communities have addressed both crises with “good jobs and zero waste” policies.

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Tesla workers fight for workplace safety ahead of “Production Hell”

Earlier this month, CEO Elon Musk boasted about Tesla’s plans to sell the new Model 3 to a half a million customers. He said Tesla would go through “production hell” to complete these orders. “Production hell” in the c-suite looks very different than “production hell” on the factory floor, where rate of injury is 31% higher than the industry average according to a Worksafe report this year. The report also showed the rate of serious injuries was DOUBLE the industry average in 2015.

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Time to Act on Affordable Housing Bills

The lack of affordable housing in California is a crisis that should be a top priority for the state legislature. In community after community, working people are being squeezed out by rapidly increasing housing costs. It’s a primary cause of poverty and homelessness, it increases carbon emissions by forcing workers into longer commutes and it forces firefighters, police and teachers to live outside of the cities they serve.

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