Prop 37: The David Versus Goliath Fight Over Our Right to Know What’s in Our Food

Zack Kaldveer

On November 6th, California voters will have a historic opportunity to reclaim our right to know what's in the food we eat from powerful special interests known for endangering our health, our environment and deceiving the public.

Proposition 37 – The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act – would simply require clear labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs). These are foods that have been artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria – and are not found anywhere in nature.

Fifty countries around the world – representing more than 40% of the planet's population – already require GMO labeling, including all of Europe, Japan, India and China.

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Yes on Prop 39 - Closing a Corporate Tax Loophole and Bringing Jobs Back to California

It’s high time we end the practice of shelling out taxpayer money to ultra-profitable companies that kill California jobs. Fortunately, there’s Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, on the ballot this November. Prop 39 would eliminate the wasteful 'elective single sales factor' corporate tax loophole that rewards companies who move jobs and operations out-of-state. Closing the loophole also eliminates the unfair advantage out-of-state corporations have over businesses that operate exclusively in California.

This morning, the California Labor Federation announced its official endorsement of Prop 39 at a press conference with Prop 39 Chairman Tom Steyer in Los Angeles.

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Koch Brothers’ Spending Exposes Real Agenda Behind Prop 32

are the embodiment of a problem that plagues our electoral system in an era of Citizens United: big money from anonymous sources manipulating elections. The Kochs web of Super PACS and front groups are expected to spend $400 million on elections this year alone to promote their anti-worker, big corporate agenda. The Kochs are known for many things, but “campaign finance reform” sure isn’t one of them. In fact, most observers point to the Kochs’ free-wheeling campaign spending through shadowy front groups as THE REASON we need real reform.

So, to some, it may seem counterintuitive that a front group with ties to the Kochs just dropped millions of dollars into the effort to pass Prop 32, which its backers describe as a measure to “stop special interests.” Wait, why would the Kochs back a measure that is allegedly about “stopping special interests” when they’re among the most notorious special interests in the country? Because Prop 32 isn’t what it seems. In fact, it’s been described as a “fraud,”  “phony” and a “sham.”  It benefits secretive corporate Super PACs like the Kochs and Karl Rove run, while eliminating the voices of teachers, firefighters and other workers.

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Word In From the Academics: “Lowering Business Taxes May Actually Be Harmful”

Sara Flocks

It seems like only yesterday that Texas Governor Rick Perry was bragging about his “hunting trips” to California to steal companies and jobs away from our state. That was at the same time that a delegation of California’s Republican state legislators (and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom) traveled to Texas to learn why that state had the alleged edge over California on job creation and economic growth.

It was not hard to debunk the fairytales coming out of Texas about job creation, economic growth and the health of the state economy. It was easy to find data showing that Texas suffers from high unemployment, low-wage jobs and a frightening lack of investment in their children’s education or health care.

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10 Ways to Rebuild the Middle Class

), the AFL-CIO and more than a dozen other worker advocate and economic research organizations are proposing “10 Ways to Rebuild the Middle Class for Hard Working Americans: Making Work Pay in the 21st Century.” 

The guiding principles of the road map to rebuilding the middle class are values we all share: that work lies at the center of a robust and sustainable economy; that all work has dignity; and that through work, all of us should be able to support our families, educate our children and enjoy our retirement.

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Pulaski: Unions Key to Thriving Middle Class

Rebecca Band

It’s no secret that union membership is on the decline. It’s also crystal clear that there is a direct correlative relationship between the decline of unions and the decline of the middle class.

In a Labor Day editorial, the Sacramento Bee raised the vital issue of the future of unions. For that we thank them. But unfortunately, the Bee did what media outlets do far too often today: perpetuate a narrow view of unions and offer prescriptions for labor’s decline that don’t reflect the real-world challenges we face. Yesterday, California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski set the record straight in a new op-ed that appeared in yesterday’s Bee.

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To Win in November, Young People Must Be “Fired Up and Ready to Go!”

Danielle Tipton

Being a young adult and trying to make it these days isn’t easy. And I know, because I’m one of them.

We’ve got so much to offer. We’re energized, intelligent, and full of new ideas and technological prowess — but we’re unemployed. Or we’re underemployed. And even for those of us who are lucky enough to have a full-time job, we all have peers who are struggling to find a place in the workforce, regardless as to whether they have a Bachelors degree, a Masters, or even a law degree. But last week, when I watched the President’s speech at the DNC convention, I was renewed with a sense of urgency to get out there and fight to rebuild the middle class. Better times are coming, if we take charge of our future.

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AB 2508: Calling Jobs Home

The 2012 State Legislature adjourned on August 29th and now hundreds of bills sit, awaiting the Governor’s signature.  One of those bills, Assembly Bill 2508 by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D – Concord), will call back hundreds of jobs into California’s economy.

Current state law allows state public benefit contracts, including call-center contracts, to be awarded to contractors that perform the work outside of California, and even the United States. AB 2508 would prohibit state agencies that manage public benefit programs from contracting for call center services outside the state. 

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Sign Our Letter, Help Warehouse Workers

Marta Medina

My name is Marta Medina and I am a warehouse worker. In the five years I worked in a warehouse, I learned to tolerate dangerous and unjust working conditions.

One of the most humiliating experiences happened four years ago when I was eight months pregnant. I received a Walmart order to ship 2,000 boxes in one hour. I could barely lift any boxes and I felt like I might lose my baby. The whole time I was thinking: “Please baby stay in there.” I was also thinking of my family in El Salvador. My little boy is there. He is 11-years-old. I need to provide for him so I couldn’t risk complaining and losing my job. All I could do is hold my stomach and ask God for help. My employer didn’t care about the pain I was in.

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After Two-Year Fight, CSU Faculty Wins New Contract

yesterday announced that a tentative agreement between the union and the management of the California State University has been ratified by CFA members on all 23 CSU campuses. The vote was 91% in favor of ratification.

CFA President Lillian Taiz, a history professor at Cal State Los Angeles, congratulated the thousands of members who voted, as well as the union bargaining team that was at the table for more than two years. They participated in strike votes and picket lines, spreading the message about the tough challenges to keeping California’s public higher education system open and available to working families.

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