The Taste of Fraudulence

Roseann Berthron-Arechiga

Would you pay $8 million of a chocolate-chip cookie? Or $10 million for a brownie? Of course not, but that didn’t stop Santa Clara County workers and community members from holding a “Big Bank Bake Sale” on June 18, selling baked goods at ridiculous prices. Why? To recover the money that banks have scammed from taxpayers. With banks illegally rigging interest rates to maximize their own profits,  Santa Clara County could have lost as much as $54 million.

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Assault on NLRB Threatens Vital Workplace Protections

Kendra Marr Chaikind 

The all-out assault on National Labor Relations Board is threatening vital on-the-job protections for millions of California workers.

The NLRB is the sole agency responsible for enforcing federal labor law and protecting the rights of 80 million private sector employees nationwide. But, unless the Senate majority acts to confirm all five nominations to the NLRB before the August recess, the right to organize and bargain, the right to labor law protections, and the right to free speech in the workplace will all be in jeopardy.

CWA President Larry Cohen told reporters on a conference call yesterday that if obstruction continues, Democratic lawmakers can and must act to reform the Senate rules.

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Should the Koch Brothers Own The Tribune Newspapers?

Jackie Tortora

Some say the press is the fourth branch of government. It serves as a “check and a balance” to our elected and non-elected leaders and informs the public of news for the greater good. But what if that was compromised by a corporate power grab?

That's exactly what the panel “Should the Koch Brothers Own The Tribune Newspapers?” will examine next Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. As we've covered on the blog before, David and Charles Koch have expressed interest in buying the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and other leading newspapers owned by the Tribune Co. 

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CCSF Labor Studies Conference Features Organizers Making a Difference

William Shields

Over a hundred organizers and students of organizing from a wide array of unions, community and educational groups attended the Organize! – The Art and Science of Organizing conference at City College of San Francisco last month. The all-day conference was hosted by the college’s Labor and Community Studies Department and brought participants together to share lessons learned from each other’s organizing campaigns. The conference was English-Spanish bilingual throughout.

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California Worker Center, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Joins Forces with San Francisco Labor Council

, affiliated with the San Francisco Labor Council as part of a growing partnership effort by the labor movement and the larger worker rights’ movement to strengthen advocacy and mobilization efforts for day laborers, domestic workers and all working people.

A member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Mujeres Unidas y Activas is a grassroots organization that empowers nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers through community actions, leadership development and skills-based trainings.

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Gov. Brown Outlines Plan for Good Jobs

Steve Smith

To some politicians, economic development means giving hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to strip clubs, fast food joints and retail giants like Walmart. Gov. Brown, thankfully, has a better idea. Today, the Governor announced a broad coalition of labor, business and others in support of his good jobs plan that will flip the broken enterprise zone program into real incentives for creating quality, middle-class jobs.

“California’s 30-year-old Enterprise Zone program is not enterprising, it’s wasteful,” Gov. Brown said. “It’s inefficient and not giving taxpayers the biggest bang for their buck. There’s a better way and it will help encourage manufacturing in California.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Picketing Rights

Rebecca Band

There’s power in the picket line. And employers know it.

That’s why, in 2008, Ralphs Grocery Company sued to have union picketers removed from the front of one of its non-union stores. But California has explicit laws to protect labor-related speech, and the court denied the request by Ralphs.

But that hasn’t stopped the grocery chain from continuing its courtroom battle to silence workers – even though they’ve lost just about every case. Last December, California's Supreme Court upheld the ruling in favor of the picketers. And this week, California working families scored a huge and decisive victory when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the employer’s appeal on the constitutionality of labor-related speech on private property.

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In Memoriam: Former CFT President Raoul Teilhet

Fred Glass

It is with deep sorrow that the California Federation of Teachers announces the passing of former CFT president Raoul Teilhet.

Raoul Teilhet, a Pasadena high school history teacher who believed collective bargaining offered the path to dignity and respect for public school employees before laws existed allowing it, and served as president of the California Federation of Teachers in successful pursuit of that goal, died of complications from Parkinson’s Disease on June 5 in Los Angeles.  He was 79.

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Working Families Lobby Congress on Immigration Policy

Kenneth Quinnell

This week, working families are calling 27 U.S. senators and urging them to vote for an immigration reform bill that provides a reliable road map to citizenship for more than 11 million aspiring Americans. 

The bill is expected to reach the floor of the Senate this week, and the labor movement is ramping up its national campaign in support of the bill through phone calls, Internet advertisements and by having more than 50 leaders and allies from 24 states fly to Washington, D.C., to lobby elected officials today, the first full day of Senate debate.

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Women Leaders Declare Closing ‘Walmart Loophole’ a Top Priority

Sara Flocks

Women have been hit especially hard by cuts to the Medi-Cal program in recent years. And access to care for women will be even more challenged in coming years if large corporations like Walmart continue to avoid their responsibility to pay a fair share of health care costs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today in Sacramento, women leaders in the legislature came together with women workers and California NOW to declare protecting women’s health by passing AB 880 a top priority for women this year.

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