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'Just the Tip of the Iceberg' - Wall Street Charging Los Angeles $200 Million Yearly, Report Reveals

Huffington Post
March 27, 2014
Fix LA Coalition Calls for Action to Cut Fees and Fund Neighborhood Services LOS ANGELES, CA- At a lively downtown rally in front of the Bank of NY Mellon in Los Angeles, the Fix LA Coalition unveiled a groundbreaking research report, entitled "No Small Fees: LA Spends More on Wall Street than Our Streets," revealing that Wall Street charges the City of Los Angeles more than $200 million in fees. Coalition members called for action to reduce the high fees and put that money back into neighborhood services. After the rally, Fix LA Coalition members delivered the report to elected officials in City Hall.  Read More...

Raise LA Campaign Targets Hospitality Industry’s Low Wages

Joe Rihn
Mar 05, 2014
CAPITAL AND MAIN-In an economy where constant, unpredictable change is a given, wages are one of the few things that have remained reliably stagnant. However, a growing national movement to address this increasingly visible issue is taking shape. Locally, Raise LA, a coalition of labor and community groups organized by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), is part of a push to bring wages up to speed by advocating for better jobs in L.A.’s massive hospitality industry.  Read More...

LA County Workers Take a Stand for Their Communities

Ian Thompson-Roshin Mathew
Oct 24, 2013
55,000 County Workers Begin Voting on Actions, Possibly a Strike LOS ANGELES- More than 55,000 LA County workers—nurses, librarians, social workers, clerical staff, probation workers, lifeguards, park rangers and many others— are voting to back their union’s bargaining team with more actions—including possibly a strike. Initial internal phone banking by SEIU Local 721 indicates that 93% of members support authorizing a strike.  Read More...

Newspaper Workers Denied Benefits

David Macaray
Aug 08, 2013
With a daily circulation of approximately 17,000, the traditionally right-wing Antelope Valley Press has proudly served the Palmdale, high desert community (about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles) since its founding, way back in 1915. The AVP is the largest selling daily newspaper in the Valley. But on August 1, AVP management informed its copy desk employees that their workload would be reduced to a maximum of 39 hours a week, thus making them ineligible for benefits. Alas, only full-time, 40-hour a week employees would continue to qualify for benefits (Sorry, folks... somehow you fell one hour short!). Read More...

AFSCME 3299 RESPONDS TO APPOINTMENT OF JANET NAPOLITANO AS NEW UC PRESIDENT

Todd Stenhouse
Jul 16, 2013
In response to the news that Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano will become the new President of the University of California system, Kathryn Lybarger, President of the university's largest union--AFSCME 3299--has issued the following statement: Read More...

Supreme Court declines California labor protest case

Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor
Jun 11, 2013
The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up an appeal challenging the constitutionality of two California laws that allow labor unions to picket on the private property of a targeted non-union business, despite the objections of the property owner. Critics of the laws say they violate the First Amendment rights of the property owner and the Equal Protection Clause by establishing a content-based preference that affords a higher level of protection to the speech of union officials during a labor dispute than to other would-be speakers.  Read More...

New Coalition Unites to Close "Walmart Loophole" in Health Care Law

California Labor Federation
Jun 11, 2013
First-in-the-nation legislation aims to stop corporate giants from dumping health care costs on taxpayers SACRAMENTO, CA – A new coalition of health care advocates, doctors, nurses and workers today announced that they will unite to make California the nation’s leader in protecting taxpayers by closing the “Walmart loophole” that encourages large, profitable companies to shift their health care costs onto state taxpayers. Read More...