Study: ‘Job Killer’ Claims Usually Go Unsubstantiated

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The analysis, conducted by Peter Dreier of Occidental College and Christopher R. Martin of the University of Northern Iowa, examined every occurrence of the phrase or one of its variants, like “kill jobs” or “job-killing,” in articles by the Associated Press, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post going back to 1984. Of the 381 stories that contained the phrase — usually in a source's quote — fewer than 10 percent substantiated it.

“The news media's chronic lack of fact‐checking has only encouraged ramped up use of the 'job killer' allegation as a political strategy against the Democrats in recent years,” the study says.

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California Budget Cuts Endanger Kids, Communities and Workers

With California's unemployment rate at 11 percent, elected leaders should do everything they can to keep parents working and able to support their families. Instead, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed cuts that would devastate child care, leaving tens of thousands of children without a place to go, and forcing parents out of their jobs.

Communities across the state are speaking out against the cuts and arguing for a smart, fair state budget that protects child care. In San Diego, Oxnard, and Santa Maria, Calif., children, parents and child care providers rallied in recent days.

I’m one of them. I stand up and speak out because I’m a child care provider in Oxnard, Calif., and a leader of Child Care Providers United/AFSCME.

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UNAC/UHCP Members in Southern California Flood Bargaining, Win Phenomenal New Contract

by Ken Deitz, RN and Barbara Blake, RN

More than 1,500 United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals members attended nine days of bargaining sessions in southern California in March, April and May. The overwhelming UNAC/UHCP showing was called “a sea of blue,” and showed Kaiser management UNAC/UHCP meant business.

On May 11 in the early morning, a tentative agreement was signed.  On May 19, UNAC/UHCP affiliate officers and delegates from coalition unions met to unanimously recommend that members approve the contract.  This victory was only possible through the hard work of UNAC/UHCP members, and their strong participation in the process.

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Obama Halts DREAMER Deportations

of as many as 1 million young aspiring citizens with a new directive to Department of Homeland Security halting the deportation of those young immigrants who would be eligible for U.S. residency under the terms of the DREAM Act

For several years, Republican lawmakers in Congress have blocked the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act would provide undocumented young people who were brought to the United States by their parents as children a pathway to legal residency through higher education or service in the military.

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Would “Undercover Pol” Help Lawmakers Tune In to Reality?

In a recent blog post, Dr. Robert Reich delineated Gov. Romney’s eye-popping budget proposal to include saddling seniors with more health care burdens, cutting social benefits such as food stamps, and making it harder for the middle class and poor to send their children to college by cutting Pell grants. 

I propose that perhaps, before any budget slashing begins, Governor Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan should take part in a new version of “Undercover Boss,” as I recently suggested on a morning radio show with Olympia’s Dick Pust.

Maybe we’ll call it “Undercover Pol.” Let’s send our participating politician into a family home where our undercover star has no job… and the mortgage is due. Let’s send them grocery shopping on food stamps. They’ll quickly find out, as I delineated in my own experience with the downhill slide of unemployment, that $76 a month for a family of three doesn’t go very far.

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Sutter Nurses Fight Back Against Corporate Greed

Registered nurses from nearly a dozen hospitals in California walked out on the job, grabbed picket signs and held a one-day strike Wednesday to protest massive cuts to patient care and RN livelihood. Many marched outside Sutter Health hospitals in the Bay Area where the corporation is proposing some 100 widespread reductions in patient services and RN contract standards. As patient advocates, they can’t stand by and let a greedy corporation — that has raked in nearly $4.2 billion in profits since 2005 — create a system that can harm patients and nursing standards.

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Nurses Gearing up for Strike Action to Protest Sutter Unfair, Dangerous Cuts

Sarah Cecile

Nurses with California Nurses Association / National Nurses United are gearing up for major strike action this month. Thousands of RNs at more than a dozen hospitals will be walking out on the job on Wednesday, June 13 to protest corporate economic cuts that threaten patient care and nursing standards.

It will mark the fourth walkout in nine months for nurses at Sutter Health hospitals. The wealthy Sacramento-based corporation — which made nearly $4.2 billion in profits since 2005 — continues to demand more than 100 widespread concessions. Some of the takeaways include eliminating paid sick leave, effectively forcing nurses to work when ill, and making RNs work in hospital areas where they do not have appropriate clinical expertise, again a safety risk for patients.

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Celebrating Union Labor & Pension Capital at 333 Harrison Construction Project

, in cooperation with the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC), hosted a lunch today to honor the union workers who are building a new residential development at 333 Harrison in the city’s South of Market neighborhood. The HIT is providing $70 million of union pension capital to help finance construction of the $105 million project. The union-built, seven-story residential structure will have 326 rental units and create approximately 600 jobs for members of San Francisco’s building and construction trades unions.

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Doubletree Hotel Workers Launch Historic Strike in San Jose

At 4 a.m. yesterday morning, workers at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose began to walk off the job. The picket lines grew as more workers arrived for their am shift and were informed “We're going on strike!”  The 250 cooks, dishwashers, servers, bartenders, front desk agents, bellpersons, and room attendants at the Doubletree made history yesterday — it's the first hotel strike in San Jose in 36 years. They'll be on strike through midnight Thursday evening.

The Doubletree is owned by Hilton, which is part of Blackstone — a company that earned a tidy $1 billion in profit in the last six months, and has been expanding their hotel investments over the past few years.  Yet Hilton has insisted on long-term wage freezes and underfunding its employees' health care.

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