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  • Union Membership Drops To Just 11%

    Quentin Fottrell
    LABORVUE-Over the last three decades, U.S. labor union membership has fallen by nearly half, even though more Americans are actually in favor of unionization. Some 11% of all wage and salary workers in 2014 were in a union — down from 22% in 1983 after peaking at nearly 35% in 1954, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed in a report from the Pew Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank. The decline of organized labor has affected nearly all occupational…
  • Workers — Not Employers — Are the Real Wage Movers and Shakers

    Harold Meyerson
    LABOR POWER. “We’re too big and complicated a system to do anything in reaction to a particular group or something happening,” Karen King, who has the wonderful title of “chief people officer” at McDonald’s, said Wednesday, explaining her company’s decision to raise wages for some of its employees. If you believe that, don’t go near anyone purporting to sell you a bridge, even if it comes with fries on the side. McDonald’s announcement that it would raise the wages of workers at the restaurants…
  • LAWA’s Denial and Diversion Put Traveling Public at Risk

    Marshall McClain
    UNIONS AND PUBLIC SAFETY-When LAAPOA testified before the House Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security on May 29, we used the most recent and reliable statistics about the current number of LAXPD personnel, described the day-to-day reality of officers using outdated equipment, and presented the challenges of coordinating with the TSA onsite. We thought it was all pretty straightforward. 
  • Reversal of Misfortune: Caregivers Win Overtime

    Capital and Main Staff
    LABOR-If proof is needed that good things happen to people who don’t just wait but act, look no further than Governor Jerry Brown’s agreement, this past week, to allow in-home caregivers to receive overtime pay. Last year his administration had claimed that such overtime, which the federal government had mandated for in-home caregivers, would pose a prohibitive financial burden for California. Then, in January, the governor unveiled a 2014-15 budget that explicitly capped caregivers’ hours at…
  • Memo to Anti-Union Crowd: Not In California!

    Deborah Burger, RN
    LABOR-In a low turnout primary election earlier this month, California political analysts had to scurry to find messages from the voters. Here’s one that some missed. We’re not ready to turn into the latest cookie-cutter anti-union state. What would you call California if we lost our vital labor movement? A state that looks a lot like what has happened in Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, all of which recently enacted laws intended to decimate labor unions. 
  • Domestic Workers Caring for the American Future

    Vivian Rothstein
    LABOR VUE-You can find us through Craigslist or fliers at the Laundromat. We live in your homes and prepare your meals. You leave beloved family members in our care. We come from around the globe, often leaving our children behind. But we’re invisible to most Americans. Who are we? 
  • 'Just the Tip of the Iceberg' - Wall Street Charging Los Angeles $200 Million Yearly, Report Reveals

    Huffington Post
    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…
  • Raise LA Campaign Targets Hospitality Industry’s Low Wages

    Joe Rihn
    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. 
  • LA County Workers Take a Stand for Their Communities

    Ian Thompson-Roshin Mathew
    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. 
  • Newspaper Workers Denied Benefits

    David Macaray
    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,…