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If Cesar Chavez Were Alive Today

March 21, 2014

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Commentary: By Sarita Gupta This month, a new film documenting Cesar Chavez’s historic campaign to organize farmworkers in America will be released in time for what would have been his 87th birthday. Chavez rose to prominence as a founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW), where he organized thousands of poor Latino workers laboring in […]

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Why Workers Are Striking: Prosperity Hasn’t Trickled Down

December 20, 2013

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Commentary: By Li Lovett New America Media In my teens I’d never delivered the paper, flipped a burger, or worked at Walmart. But I get why folks doing these jobs today are mad. The grievances of McDonald’s and Walmart employees reflect the struggle of all workers; they’re striking because they can’t make ends for their […]

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Close of Legislative Session Brings Real Gains to California Workers

October 18, 2013

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Commentary: By Steve Smith California Labor Federation It’s easy to be pessimistic about the future these days. Tea Party extremists (were) threatening to push our federal government into default. Federal immigration reform is on the back burner until the shutdown and debt ceiling messes are sorted out. In a host of states, anti-worker governors are […]

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The $100,000 income club a red-herring for pension reform?

March 9, 2012

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Editorial: As the race for mayor in the city of San Diego heats up, the main topic of this year’s campaign will be Pension Reform. The main proponent behind the reform effort on the ballot this June is mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio. He, in essence, is running two campaigns: the Pension Reform Initiative and of […]

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Immigrant Workers Score Wins

March 2, 2012

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Frontera NorteSur Despite an adverse economic and political landscape, immigrant and low-income workers celebrated victories this past week. In California, labor and community activists announced the winning of two new union contracts for car washers, or carwasheros, as they are called locally. The agreements with the Vermont Car Wash and Nava’s Car Wash in the […]

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Home care workers deserve basic rights

January 6, 2012

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Commentary: By Starita Smith  Home care workers should get standard labor protections. President Obama is proposing an adjustment to laws governing working conditions for approximately 2 million workers whose job is helping elderly and disabled people with such basic tasks as eating, caring for their wounds and doing physical therapy. Under the Obama proposal, these […]

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Increasing Minimum Wage Helps Working Families

December 30, 2011

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Commentary: By Christine L. Owens While working families struggle to make ends meet in this sluggish economy, there is a bright spot on the horizon: On Jan. 1, the minimum wage will increase in eight states, raising wages for more than 1.4 million low-wage workers. The increases in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont […]

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From Planton to Occupy

December 9, 2011

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From Planton to Occupy

Occupy movement finds its roots in Mexico By David Bacon     When Occupy Seattle called its tent camp “Planton Seattle,” camp organizers were laying a local claim to a set of tactics used for decades by social movements in Mexico, Central America and the Philippines. And when immigrant janitors marched down to the detention center […]

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Latin American Labor Conference to Focus on Worker Emancipation

October 28, 2011

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By Rocky Neptun San Diego Indy Media     From Tehran to Scotland, from Hong Kong to the always fiery, militant youth of Rome, the Occupy Wall Street movement has spread across the globe. Tired and angry over decades of corporate owned capitalism, where wealthy stockholders and huge multi-national corporations set the agenda for political and […]

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American Workers Deserve Respect

September 23, 2011

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Commentary: By Roger Smith “The middle class would not exist without organized labor.”    So proclaimed Vice President Joe Biden at a recent speech in Ohio. He’s right. And with unemployment stuck above 9 percent, the need for strong unions has never been greater.    I am the CEO of an international life insurance company. […]

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Mexico’s “Indignados” Have Had It Up To Here

September 16, 2011

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Mexico’s “Indignados” Have Had It Up To Here

By David Bacon MEXICO CITY— Last week Mexican President Felipe Calderon gave the fifth state of the nation speech since his (many say fraudulent) election in 2006. He didn’t have an easy time finding a positive spin for the escalating toll exacted by his war on drug gangs — 50,000 dead, mostly innocent civilians, in […]

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Raising Wages for a Real Recovery

September 2, 2011

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Commentary: By Eli Markham    This summer we’ve seen wild swings in the stock market, a last-minute debt deal, and even a rocking east coast earthquake. But one thing we haven’t seen – from Memorial Day to Labor Day – is any improvement in the economy.    There are 14 million Americans officially counted as […]

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Seeking reforms to protect our lowest-paid workers

September 2, 2011

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Commentary: By Mike Garcia    In the cut-throat property services industry, building contracts turn over quickly.  A janitor like Maria Trujillo might find out at the end of her shift in the hospital where she works that the contractor that employs her has been replaced—something that’s happened to her three times in six years.    […]

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U.S. intervention in Mexico will make things worse

August 26, 2011

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Guest Editorial: By Justin Akers Chacon    The increasing involvement of the United States in Mexico’s drug war is only going to make a bad situation worse.    It will likely lead to more deaths. It will be a drain on our treasury. And it’s unlikely to stem the flow of drugs. This is because […]

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Minimum-Wage Earners Falling Further Behind

July 29, 2011

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Commentary: By Christine Owens    Two years ago this week, 4.5 million of America’s workers enjoyed a modest pay increase, as the federal minimum wage rose from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. The increase was the final of a three-step boost enacted in 2007. Of those getting a bump in pay, more than three-quarters were […]

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The Case for Defined Benefits & Retirement Security

July 8, 2011

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Commentary: By Willie Pelote    In America, anybody who works for a living should be able to afford to retire.    That’s why shunting newly hired and/or existing civil servants into defined contribution or 401(k)-style plans to save taxpayers money, as a new report by the Kellogg School of Management and the Simon School of […]

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Nannies and Housekeepers on Brink of Getting Basic Rights

June 10, 2011

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By Viji Sundaram New America Media SAN FRANCISCO — Maria Tupas worked for an elderly woman in Hercules, Calif. who told her she would have to be on duty 24/7.     Maria Fernandez, provided in-home care for a disabled woman in the Bay Area, but said she was never given any breaks and never allowed […]

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