UC Patient Care Workers Demand an End to Inequality, Outsourcing

  AFSCME Local 3299 began a three-day strike today at campuses and medical centers across the state, fighting for fair wages, an end to outsourcing and equal treatment for patient care workers at the University of California (UC). For months, workers have demanded fair treatment for women, minorities and immigrant workers, yet UC continues to […]

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Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Few races this year feature a starker contrast than the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction. On one side, you have Tony Thurmond, a former school board member and current legislator with deep ties to our public schools. On the other side, you have candidate Marshall Tuck who’s a former Wall Street investment banker and […]

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Support Striking Workers at Marriott!

In California, picket lines are up at Marriott hotels in San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and Oakland. Other locations included in the strike are Boston, Detroit and Hawaii. The strike comes after months of negotiations by UNITE HERE locals with the massive hotel chain. Contracts have expired, and the company refuses to make meaningful progress on a host of issues including providing jobs that pay a living wage, securing job protection around automation, and workplace safety.

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California First Responders Say “No on Prop 11”

Prop 11 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. While purporting to be about protecting public safety, it actually strips first responders of their right to meal and rest breaks, which makes their jobs more grueling and makes us all less safe. Thousands of California’s first responders are in jeopardy of losing their right to meal […]

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Stand with UTLA Educators!

In an overwhelming show of strength and solidarity, 98% of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) members voted to authorize a strike, should that action become necessary for teachers to get a fair deal from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The union had a historic turnout for the vote, with more than 82% of the […]

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Art Pulaski: This Labor Day, Let’s Demand Workers Have a Seat at the Table to Determine the Future

Despite low-unemployment and a bullish stock market, working people are still losing their grasp on the American Dream. How can that be? It’s pretty simple. Corporate CEOs and the wealthy few are taking all the economic gains for themselves, while workers continue to lose ground. With a big election looming this fall, Labor Day takes […]

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California Labor Federation and NextGen America Launch Uniting California to #FliptheHouse

Voters are inundated with political noise. TV ads, mail, online solicitations, Facebook, to name a few. With control of the House of Representatives expected to be decided by a razor-thin margin, figuring out how to break through that noise is the key to winning in November. That’s what Uniting California, a project of the California […]

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California Labor Federation Applauds Senate Vote in Support of Landmark Measure AB 3080 to Curb Workplace Harassment, End Forced Arbitration

Today, the California state Senate resoundingly rejected the all-too-common practice of companies using forced arbitration to silence workers and strip them of their basic rights.

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What’s the Real Story on Dynamex?

On April 30, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Dynamex Operations West, Inc.  v. Superior Court of Los Angeles that made it harder for companies to misclassify workers as independent contractors. In California, the test of employment status has been developed through caselaw over several decades. Dynamex built upon the earlier Court-established […]

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