Taylor Farms workers help push CA bill to protect temp workers

organizing struggle at Taylor Farms in California moved to the state capitol yesterday where workers helped push forward a bill to make companies responsible for workers hired through temp agencies.

AB 1897 passed the Committee on Labor and Employment on a party-line vote in a defeat for the 25 corporate lobbyists who tried to paint the bill as a “job killer.” Lawmakers, including Republicans on the committee, highlighted Taylor Farms as a “bad apple” whose abusive labor practices make laws like AB 1897 necessary. The California Labor Federation and Teamsters from Locals 439 and 601 stood with Taylor Farms food processing workers who traveled to Sacramento to lobin support of the legislation.

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Environmental Health Coalition and San Diego Labor: 30 years of building power together

Diane Takvorian,  Environmental Health Coalition

“Why do you care about jobs, you’re an environmental group?”  I wish we had a dollar for every time someone said that to us.

EHC improves the health of children, families, neighborhoods and the natural environment in the San Diego/Tijuana region confronting the unjust consequences of toxic pollution, discriminatory land use, and unsustainable energy policies. EHC’s efforts focus on low-income communities of color in urbanized areas where economic and environmental justice go hand-in-hand.

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Super-Sized CEO Pay Fuels Income Inequality That Hollows Out Middle Class

Steve Smith

The next time you order a burger at the drive-thru, think about this: The CEO of the fast-food joint makes more than 543 times the worker serving your food. Put another way, for an eight-hour shift, the single mom who is working the fryer is bringing home about $72. The CEO of that company, profiting off her back, gets about $14,000 for sitting in his cushy corner office barking orders at an unfortunate assistant.

The total compensation ratio, including benefits, is even more obscene. Fast-food CEOs receive on average more than 1,000 times the compensation of their workers.
This disparity isn’t the exception in the fast-food world; it’s the rule according to a new report Demos.

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PayWatch: CEO Pay Hits ‘Insane Level’


It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times.

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California Labor Federation Releases Primary Endorsements, Launches Grassroots Mobilization

concluded its 2014 biennial pre-primary convention–a one-of-a-kind endorsement process that allows 2.1 million union workers to democratically elect delegates to debate and ultimately endorse in statewide constitutional races, Assembly, Senate, and congressional seats as well as ballot measures in advance of California’s June primary.

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