A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge has recommended throwing out the results of last year’s election between the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for 43,000 Kaiser Permanente employees in California. On July 18, 2011, Administrative Law Judge Lana H. Parke found SEIU guilty of misconduct, with collusion from Kaiser Permanente that “interfered with the employees’ exercise of a free and reasoned choice among employees” (p. 33).The vote in September/October 2010 was the largest union election in the United States in more than seven decades.
In the 34-page ruling, …[Read the details]
On August 29, 1970, thousands of Chicanos marched in Los Angeles to protest and demand an end to the war in Vietnam. It would be the first major upheaval of the Chicano community against U.S. imperialism. Not unlike today, it was the poor and working class of the United States against the poor workers, and in this case, mostly peasants, of another country.
Widely quoted figures held that Latinos accounted for 6% of the nation’s population but represented 20% of the casualties in Vietnam. More than 20 deferment classifications, including ministries, studies …[Read the details]
Once again, Fresno is the only major city in California with no civilian police oversight—after more than 10 years of effort and support from more than 50 organizations, thousands of individuals, the Fresno Bee, the Fresno County Grand Jury, two mayors and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer. The City of Fresno has no independent reviewer of police actions and now also no independent investigations of police shootings as well, because the District Attorney’s Office has stopped performing that function and the Office of Independent Review (OIR) was never given the power to do investigations, but only to …[Read the details]
October 6, 2011, will be a day to remember. Inspired by the courageous, nonviolent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Greece, Spain and Wisconsin, progressive leaders in the United States are organizing a massive national protest in Washington, D.C., at Freedom Plaza. Learn more about “Stop the Machine! Create a New World!” at www.october11.org. Will you join us?
The protest marks the beginning of the 11th year of the U.S. invasion and destruction of Afghanistan. October is also the beginning of the fiscal 2012 federal budget, which will continue the trend of expenditure for wars …[Read the details]
My colleagues on the Community Alliance Editorial Board said, “Interview Cindy Quiralte; you’ll be impressed.” I had never heard of her, but I said okay, and she said okay—and guess what—I’m impressed.
On meeting Cindy, it is immediately evident that here is a young woman who is idealistic, serious, motivated…and vivacious. Within just a couple years of her political awakening (see below), she has taken on major responsibility in several organizations, including her recent election as the first Latina president of the Fresno City College (FCC) student body.
She has dreams, …[Read the details]