Katie Gjertson is the AFL-CIO Western Region field representative.

Union Busting Is Disgusting: CALPINE Workers File for a Union Election

Amid chants of “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Union Busters Gotta Go!”, CALPINE workers at the Geysers geothermal plant filed for a union election yesterday at the San Francisco National Labor Relation Board’s office. Over the last three years, CALPINE management have ignored repeated workers’ concerns and violated workers' trust by implementing “take aways” and instituting changes that threaten safety and job security.

Senator Feinstein — Protect Social Security!

Three days following the 76th birthday of the creation of Social Security, 1,000 seniors, students, and community members rallied in front of Senator Feinstein’s San Francisco and LA offices yesterday, urging the Senator to be a champion on protecting Social Security. 

Members of the California Alliance of Retired Americans (CARA) have been meeting with Senator Feinstein’s staff to stress the importance of  protecting Social Security. To put a human face on the importance of Social Security, CARA asked its members to submit stories to share with the Senator and her staff.

Constituents to Rep. Lungren: “Why Are You Voting to Repeal Our Health Care?”

Rather than addressing our stagnant economy or drafting legislation that would put people back to work, Republicans made their first move this week in the 112th Congress by voting to repeal health care reform. The Republicans’ (and a few Democrats’) position is clear: they support denying coverage to children born sick, they support insurance company practices that drop people when they get ill and deny coverage because of deadly pre-existing conditions (like acne), and they definitely support higher drug costs for seniors.

On the day of the vote in the House of Representatives, constituents of the third Congressional District (Dan Lungren – R), the Sacramento Central Labor Council and HCAN coalition partners held a press conference in front of Rep. Lungren’s Elk Grove district office to challenge the congressman’s position of siding with the insurance companies over the people in his district.

On Human Rights Day, Workers Ask, “What’s Gone Wrong At Chase?”

In solidarity with International Human Rights Day (Dec 10), the Alameda Labor Council, Contra Costa Labor Council, LA County Federation of Labor, Sacramento Central Labor Council, and San Mateo Central Labor Council organized handbill actions highlighting Chase bank’s bad practices and banking relationship with Reynolds Tobacco.

Union members and community partners educated Chase bank patrons and passersby with a flyer that said “Chase Bank: What’s Gone Wrong?”, which outlines the bank's role in the foreclosure crisis and its relationship with Reynolds Tobacco.

The California Alliance for Retired Americans Fights to Protect Social Security

and Jodi Reid

Leading up the recent failed vote on the Deficit Commission report, the California Alliance for Retired Americans recently held successful demonstrations in front of Speaker Pelosi’s San Francisco office and Xavier Becerra’s Los Angeles Office.

CARA’s rally could not have come at a better time, as the Deficit Commission zeroed in on cutting Medicare and Social Security. Calling for “No Cuts to Social Security,” seniors and union activists sang and rallied in the rain – to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

It’s Time to Hold Wells Fargo Accountable for the Economic Crisis They Caused

On Tuesday, April 27th, Wells Fargo is holding its annual shareholders meeting in downtown San Francisco. The California Labor Federation, Bay Area Labor Councils, the California Nurses Association, UNITE HERE Local 2, and SEIU along with religious, community, and tenant organizations and allies will be there to demand that Wells Fargo stop fighting financial reform and start paying their fair share to create the 11 million jobs they helped destroy.