The Battle for California’s Future Begins Tonight


The results of tonight's primaries set in motion a battle for the soul of California. It’s Main Street vs. Wall Street, with the winner having an opportunity to shape California’s future for decades to come.

After months of obscene campaign spending, billionaire CEO Meg Whitman will use her seemingly unlimited fortune to try to stage a hostile takeover of our state. She’s made clear that, if elected, she plans to bring a Wall Street agenda to California. Whitman’s economic philosophy, which she honed as a corporate executive and director in places like Goldman Sachs, is simple: What’s good for Wall Street and the wealthy is good for everyone. California families know all too well just how flawed that philosophy is.

Read More

Labor’s Legislative Update: June 2010

continued on their path to enactment. Overall, our bills easily garnered the support they needed to pass on majority votes. But with two senators (Oropeza and Wiggins) out with illness, several bills died at the hand of moderate Democrats. Their return late in the session helped squeeze out key bills with just 21 votes, the bare majority needed in the 40-member Senate. Click here for a quick breakdown of our bills.

Read More

Where Workforce Partnerships and Job Recovery Converge

by Rebecca Greenberg

Imagine labor, business and government representatives all working together towards a common goal — to develop a sustainable, clean energy economy that will create quality green jobs while simultaneously alleviating our dependence of fossil fuels. If this sounds unlikely to you, then you’ve obviously never been to our ‘Building Workforce Partnerships’ conference.

Read More

‘Building Workforce Partnerships’ Conference: Q and A with Robert Kuttner

by Rebecca Greenberg

We had the opportunity to sit down with Robert Kuttner, co-editor of The American Prospect and a senior fellow at Demos, at the 'Building Workforce Partnerships' conference. Kuttner's latest book is A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future.

 

Read More

‘Building Workforce Partnerships’ Conference Focuses on Jobs Recovery

by Rebecca Greenberg

Today, more than 500 labor leaders, local and state policy makers, community advocates, environmentalists, educators, and job training and economic development professionals came together in San Diego for the annual ‘Building Workforce Partnerships’ Conference, The two-day conference presents a unique opportunity for this diverse group to collectively develop comprehensive strategies to help us restore our economy, revitalize job growth and reduce our carbon footprint, all at the same time.

Read More