By Stan Santos
Communication Workers of America Local 9408 at the AT&T District Office in Fresno on Feb. 29
At midnight on April 7, the collective bargaining agreement for Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9 with AT&T expires. CWA District 9 represents more than 18,000 telecommunications workers in California, Nevada and Hawaii. Contracts are being bargained in four districts including AT&T Midwest, AT&T West, AT&T Legacy and AT&T East, representing more than 40,000 workers.
These are rough times for workers in the industry as it has transformed from “plain old telephone service” to a …[Read the details]
Comments by Les Kimber at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day March on January 16:
Dr. King would warn us that although we have come a long way, we can’t stop now. We can’t stop as long as there are those among us who are attempting to turn back the clock to the pre–civil rights days. We can’t stop as long as there are those among us who would turn back the clock to the time when voting was the exclusive domain of a select few.
We can’t stop now as long as there are …[Read the details]
By Bill Hatch
Book Review: Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers by Frank Bardacke
The slogan “Yes, we can”—in the form “¡Sí, Se Puede!”— doesn’t originate with Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. It goes back more than four decades to the heyday of the United Farm Workers, an organization that at its height won many labor victories, secured collective bargaining rights for California farmworkers and became a major voice for the Latino community, which was previously excluded from national politics. This book is available at www.amazon.com.
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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]
“If I think too much about all of those Chinese factories where all the stuff in a Wal-Mart is made, I get that woozy feeling you get when you see ducks covered in crude oil.” —Doug Coupland
On June 23, two chartered buses were parked in front of City Hall in downtown Fresno. Inside City Hall, the Fresno City Council was hearing public input on whether it should approve the expansion of a Walmart store on East Kings Canyon Road.
Walmart would have you believe that a group of low-income people were so motivated by …[Read the details]