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Environmental Health Coalition and San Diego Labor: 30 years of building power together
By Diane Takvorian, Environmental Health Coalition
“Why do you care about jobs, you’re an environmental group?” I wish we had a dollar for every time someone said that to us.
EHC improves the health of children, families, neighborhoods and the natural environment in the San Diego/Tijuana region by confronting the unjust consequences of toxic pollution, discriminatory land use, and unsustainable energy policies. EHC’s efforts focus on low-income communities of color in urbanized areas where economic and environmental justice go hand-in-hand.
Super-Sized CEO Pay Fuels Income Inequality That Hollows Out Middle Class
By Steve Smith
The next time you order a burger at the drive-thru, think about this: The CEO of the fast-food joint makes more than 543 times the worker serving your food. Put another way, for an eight-hour shift, the single mom who is working the fryer is bringing home about $72. The CEO of that company, profiting off her back, gets about $14,000 for sitting in his cushy corner office barking orders at an unfortunate assistant.
The total compensation ratio, including benefits, is even more obscene. Fast-food CEOs receive on average more than 1,000 times the compensation of their workers.
This disparity isn’t the exception in the fast-food world; it’s the rule according to a new report by Demos.
PayWatch: CEO Pay Hits ‘Insane Level’
It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times.
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Gov. Brown Touts Pro-Worker Accomplishments in Lively Legislative Conference Keynote
By Krista Collard
California Governor Jerry Brown was in good spirits when he took the stage at the Labor Federation-State Building and Construction Trades Council Joint Legislative Conference on St. Patrick’s Day, and why shouldn’t he be? Acknowledging that there’s still a lot to do, Governor Brown, the keynote speaker for the annual conference’s dinner, embraced the opportunity to celebrate all that’s been accomplished for working families in California since he took office less than four years ago. The list is a long one. Since 2011, the Governor has signed into law an astounding 38 pro-worker bills while turning around California’s economy.
Solidarity Rocks the Capital this St. Patrick’s Day
By Krista Collard
This St. Patrick’s Day, over 500 working men and women representing unions from around the state packed the ballroom at the Sacramento Sheraton Hotel for the annual California Labor Federation-State Building and Construction Trades Council Joint Legislative Conference. In the festive spirit of the holiday, the event kicked off with exciting speakers demonstrating that like the Irish, working people are fired up to keep fighting and will stand together to take back the American dream.
California Labor Federation leader, Art Pulaksi, welcomed the crowd and introduced Federation officer and UFCW Local 1428 president Connie Leyva, officially announcing her bid to run for California's 20th Senate District.
Paid Sick Days a Win-Win for California
By Krista Collard, California Labor Federation
Every time I start to feel under the weather, I’m reminded of the wise words of a former supervisor. During cold and flu season she would always remind us that if we’re not feeling well or even just a little “off,” we should stay home. She’d sweetly say, “We don’t need a hero, guys. If you’re sick, please don’t come into the office. Stay home. Rest up.”
She had been around long enough to know that it took just one person trying to work with a cold to pass it around, and before long the whole staff would be down for the count. While she genuinely cared about our health and wellbeing, any smart supervisor understands that if the entire staff is ill, productivity goes down the tubes.
CFT launches one-stop-shop website for “Vergara” trial
By Fred Glass
This week, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) – one of the union interveners in “Vergara et. al. vs. The State of California et. al.”– launched a new website: www.VergaraTrial.com.
The Vergara suit seeks to challenge five important California statutes that relate to teacher protections from unfair layoffs and dismissal.
The new website is a one-stop shop for information on the court case. It features updates from the stand, information on the trial's backers, pertinent research debunking the plaintiffs’ claims, videos and press clips. It will be updated daily as the state and teacher advocates proceed with their witnesses.
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The Education of Ted Mitchell
by Gary Cohn
The nomination of Californian Ted Mitchell to the number two position at the U.S. Department of Education is the latest indication that proponents of school privatization are continuing to gain influence over the Obama administration’s education policy.
“He represents the quintessence of the privatization movement,” Diane Ravitch, an education historian and former Assistant Secretary of Education under President George H.W. Bush, tells Capital & Main. “This is a signal the Obama administration is committed to moving forward aggressively with transferring public funds to private hands.”
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