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text Santa Clara County workers vote to ratify contract - by via SEIU 521
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 22 – Santa Clara’s largest labor force has voted to approve a four-year contract that lays the groundwork for recovery of public services which had faced substantial recessionary cuts in years past.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:55PM
text Nurses Invite Pope Francis to Meet to Discuss Health Effects of Climate Crisis - by via National Nurses United
Leaders of unions representing leading nurses and other healthcare workers in 18 countries from every major continent are requesting a meeting with Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to the U.S. to discuss ways to work together to combat the alarming health effects of the climate crisis and other environmental degradation.
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:40PM
text Reduced Working Hours as a Socio-Economic Investment - by Michael Schwendinger and Martin Risak
In these Austrian articles, reduced working hours is seen as a socio-economic investment, not a cost-trap. In a 1909 study by Sidney Chapman, shorter working hours lead to higher productivity and greater output. More time sovereignty and better health of workers would be gains in the long-term. Why can't we experiment in redefining work, health, strength, and happiness? Sustainability means not taking resources and possibilities from the rising generation. The economy should be a part of ...
Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:50AM
text The Bay Area Tech Workers Union Demands Fair Wages From Google, Facebook, Twitter, Etc. - by Sunlia Fein
Have you seen all the billboards around San Francisco with nearly naked tech worker kids on them? Isn’t it nice that we can finally acknowledge that tech workers are just so much meat for the VC machine. As a tech CEO recently told his peers at a venture capital luncheon: “These kids have no brains, too many tattoos, and wild eyed wonder. This is the perfect storm for workforce exploitation. A new teenage tech idiot shows up every hour in the Bay Area. Layoff the ones that figure ou...
Posted: Wed Jul 8, 2015 8:29PM
text State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide - by Mark Weller-Californians for Pesticide Reform
After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:20AM
text Deal reached, Santa Clara County workers call off strike - by via SEIU 521
San Jose, Calif. – Hours before thousands of Santa Clara County workers were scheduled to walk off the job Tuesday, contract talks between Service Employees International Union Local 521 and the county produced a tentative agreement, and union leaders called off the 6 a.m. strike.
Posted: Wed Jul 1, 2015 9:14AM
text Precarity in Paradise: the Barcelona model - by Peter Gelderloos, ROAR magazine, June 28,
This is particularly of interest in the context of a total lack of opposition to the end-stage tech-fueled gentrification of San Francisco.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:28AM
text Santa Clara County Workers Set Date to Strike: June 30 - by via SEIU 521
San Jose, Calif. – Members of Santa Clara County’s largest union workforce have overwhelmingly voted to go on an unfair practice strike on June 30. Service Employees International Union Local 521 members and community leaders addressed the reasons for the strike at a press conference today held at county headquarters. Workers voted to hold an “open-ended” strike with no end date.
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:50PM
text Austerity's Champion Pushed By Richmond's Mayor Tom Butt Who Was Supported By RPA/Park - by repost
Tom Butt the new mayor of Richmond who was supported by the Richmond Progressive Alliance RPA and their leader Mike Parker who withdrew as a mayoral candidate threw his support to Butt who has not launched an attack on public worker pensions by pushing Borenstein.
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:44AM
text Fighting the Boss in Our Head - by Carl
An article concerning the intersections of patriarchy and working-class organizing, from a working-class cisgender male organizers' perspective.
Posted: Sun Jun 7, 2015 12:58PM
text Shared Rides or Bandit Cabs? - by Tes Welborn
Are Companies like Uber and Lyft Helping or Hurting San Francisco? June 11, 7 pm It also seems that TNCs are only interested in serving some of the public. Beyond the transportation-specific concerns, TNCs exemplify the erosion of labor protections implicit in much of the sharing economy. Hear more on these issues and how public policy should address them at the HANC general membership meeting, 7pm Thursday, June 11 at 1833 Page Street.
Posted: Mon Jun 1, 2015 9:28AM
text The Lie of the Weak State - by Heinz J. Bontrop
The good condition of German labor markets is in reality in a catastrophic state... Unemployment is an "act of violence" against every individual unemployed person and represents an enormous waste for society as a whole. From 2001 to 2013, mass unemployment in Germany entailed almost a trillion Euros in fiscal costs. These costs contrast with zero benefits... The state still has a strong power position unlike the thesis believed by many that the state is weak today and can only act in small s...
Posted: Mon Jun 1, 2015 7:04AM
text Political Disobedience - by Patrick Spaet
"Crisis children" can't find a job despite study, four foreign languages and four hundred applications. They earn one-thousandth what a top manager rakes in. Youth unemployment has reached unbearable levels in Greece and Spain. The top one percent of Americans earns a quarter of the total income and owns half of all securities and national wealth... The protestors simply want their just share of the cake and not to be put off with crumbs. The system must be revitalized in its core... We all...
Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 3:42AM
text The Battle for Jobs - by Lorenz Glatz
Breaking with the disastrous logic of competition and money is in the interest of the life, peace and happiness of people today. The return of the (supposedly) better times of stormy growth and full employment is an illusion. If it weren't an illusion, it would be a tremendous acceleration of the ecological catastrophe... Everyone could work less instead of terminating people. Ways could be organized throu9gh shared activity for using the gained freedom in services of everyday life (child car...
Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 4:48AM
text AFSCME 3299 & CLF Call on UC to Support Equal Pay for its Subcontractors - by via AFSCME 3299
San Francisco: As State and Federal lawmakers struggle to address the growing problems of poverty and income inequality, AFSCME 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger, California Labor Federation Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski and others today publicly called upon UC President Janet Napolitano to support SB 376 (Lara)—a measure that would guarantee that the employees of private firms providing contract services to the University are paid commensurate wages as career UC employees performing the sa...
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:00PM
text UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal: Stop the Parking Fee Hikes - by Petition via Teamsters Local 2010
Sign petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ucsc-chancellor-blumenthal
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:53PM
text Corporate Trade Agenda Attacks Americans’ Right to Know - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry that went into effect in the United States in 2013 are not compliant with global trade standards. The WTO continued to find that the goal of providing information to consumers was compliant with international trade rules, but it decided narrowly that the implementation of the rules for COOL labels negatively impacted livestock imports from Canada and Mex...
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 5:13PM
text Long-time UNITE HERE Local 2 President Mike Casey Stepping Down - by Marc Norton
What’s ahead (and behind) for San Francisco’s iconic hotel workers union, and an interview with Casey’s successor, Anand Singh
Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 9:49AM
text The Tech Commute Did Not Take Place - by Fireworks
The mainstream media attempted to portray the May 1st blockade of the Oakland tech commute a failure. An article on SFGate.com carried the headline “May Day rally fails to block tech bus in Oakland.” Further below in the same article, the author goes on to write, “When the lone bus pulled up at 7:40 a.m., it stopped across the street from protesters and left before they could assemble. Other buses were either rerouted or cancelled in anticipation of the protest.”
Posted: Mon May 4, 2015 2:51PM
text Santa Cruz City Council Members to Initiate Discussion of Local Minimum Wage - by Alex Darocy
Mayor Don Lane, Vice-Mayor Cynthia Mathews, and Council Member Cynthia Chase have submitted a proposal to be heard by the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday, April 28 which if passed, will direct city staff to research the subject of a local minimum wage.
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:34AM

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