The Fight for $20 and a Union: Another California Minimum Wage Earthquake?

This story originally appeared in Beyond Chron on Jan. 24, 2022 California is the epicenter for a nationwide grassroots movement to raise the wage floor for American workers. On January 1st, the state set $15 an hour as the floor for large employers and $14 an hour for small ones (rising to $15 for all in 2023). […]

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Workers Celebrate Passage of Desperately Needed COVID Paid Sick Leave Bill

Statement By California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski “Today’s passage of COVID paid sick leave is an important victory for frontline workers and families across the state. Paid sick leave is one of the most potent weapons we have in the arsenal to slow the spread and protect workers and the public. “As the […]

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This Month, Let’s Link Black History to Black Futures

Black History Month 2022 begins as the rights of working people are under continuous attack. While we have made tremendous progress towards equality in some respects, white supremacy and racist economic systems have perpetuated or evolved other attacks to try and keep this country from fulfilling its promise of liberty and justice for all. We […]

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FILM ON FRED ROSS WILL INSPIRE YOUNG ORGANIZERS

by Randy Shaw This article was originally published in BeyondChron. Boosting A New Generation of Organizers Why do people become lifetime organizers for social change? And how do they develop the skills to be most effective? I have long pondered these questions. I offered answers in a book about the young people who joined the […]

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From Moment to Movement: The perfect storm of public support and frustrated workers.

Working people are fed up.  With the full reopening of businesses across the country this year, an increasing number of American workers are reevaluating the role of work in their lives. They’re realizing (most) bosses suck, and they’ve had it. Their frustration turned into collective action that’s leading to historic wins in their workplaces, and […]

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Workers Standing Together in Record Numbers to Turn the Tide in California and Across America

Though working people have faced innumerable challenges in 2021, there’s a silver lining. Like never before, workers are organizing to fight back against corporate control of our economy. Collective action has led to a series of strikes and near strikes that put the wealthy and powerful on their heels and led to groundbreaking gains on […]

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Historic IATSE Agreement Delivers Big Gains to Entertainment Workers While Bolstering All Workers Nationwide

When working class folks fight back against millionaire bosses, they know the deck is stacked against them. That’s especially true of IATSE members who recently took a stand against the powerful and wealthy producers who have been exploiting their labor for profit. Critics who suggest that the recent IATSE tentative agreement is a gradual gain […]

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Larry Itliong Helped Lead One of the Most Successful Strikes of All Time. This Striketober, Let’s Remember His Legacy

There’s been more attention on worker strikes and potential strikes this month than we’ve seen in decades. So much so that October has been branded “Striketober” with worker actions occurring throughout the country at John Deere, Kellogg’s, Kaiser and many more. October 25 is also Larry Itliong Day here in California, a day that recognizes […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Jessie Lopez de la Cruz

Jessie Lopez de la Cruz grew up in a family of Mexican migrant workers. From a young age, Lopez de la Cruz worked in the fields across California, experiencing firsthand the grueling living conditions, poverty-level wages, and daily brutal exploitation – conditions farm workers continue fighting today. That changed in 1960 when, inspired by Cesar […]

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