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Reporter's Notebook: CPC Offers Expert Help with Local School Bond Reporting

For Immediate Release September 23, 2016 California Policy Center Contact: Will Swaim Will@CalPolicyCenter.org (714) 573-2231 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Well down the November ballot, obscured by the high-profile battle for the White House, Californians will find more than 100 local school bond measures representing hundreds of millions of dollars of new public debt. “The bond process is […]

The Highest-Paid Public Employee in the Poorest County in California

Raymond J. Cordova, county executive officer of Imperial County, earns $282,093 with total pay and benefits. That’s 17 times the median per capita income of Imperial County residents, who earned just $16,409. By comparison, San Francisco’s highest paid public official, Chief Investment Officer William J. Coaker Jr., made $633,723 – about 13 times SF’s median […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

City Council to consider labor contracts for city employees By Felicia Alvarez, December 01, 2015, Davis Enterprise The Davis City Council has a full agenda Tuesday evening, with labor contracts for city employees, an update on the Measure O open-space tax and a $4 million pavement budget coming up for consideration. Following months of labor negotiations, […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Labor Support Could Be Important For Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders By Abigail Abrams, November 24 2015, International Business Times When the Laborers’ International Union of North America endorsed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, it marked the Democratic presidential front-runner’s 15th major labor union endorsement. It was the third such indication of support for her in the past […]

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Silicon Valley’s labor views indicate a split in the Democratic party By Gregory Ferenstein, November 17, 2015, The Guardian In America’s new era of political realignment, the Republican party is not the only one experiencing a grassroots political coup. A new breed of capitalism-loving and urbanized liberals are demanding an entirely new role for the […]

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Unions Push to Establish Bloc of Low-Wage Voters By Eric Morath and Melanie Trottman, November 10, 2015, Wall Street Journal The Fight for $15 movement is seeking not just to influence Americans’ paychecks, but also the country’s upcoming elections. Fast-food workers and other supporters are protesting in many cities on Tuesday, demanding a $15 an hour […]

Labor Union News – Weekly Highlights

L.A. County supervisors approve three-year, 10% pay increase for deputies, firefighters By Abby Sewell, November 3, 2015, Los Angeles Times Los Angeles County supervisors approved a new contract for sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and several other employee groups Tuesday, giving them a 10% pay bump over three years. The contracts, adopted on a 5-0 vote without discussion […]

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McDonald’s asks judge to toss out U.S. labor board’s “massive” subpoena By Daniel Wiessner, October 27, 2015, Reuters Oct 27 McDonald’s Corp has asked a U.S. judge to reject a subpoena from the National Labor Relations Board in its case claiming the company is a “joint employer” of franchise workers, saying the requests are unfair […]

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Labor board seeking injunction over Alliance anti-union efforts By Craig Clough, October 20, 2015, LA School Report The California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) will be seeking an injunction in Los Angeles County Superior Court to stop what it says is illegal interference by officials at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools against a unionization effort by […]

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Democratic rivals battle for labor, Latino support in Las Vegas By Amanda Sakuma, October 13, 2015, MSNBC When the five top Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, it will be before a unique crowd that combines two of the party’s most powerful blocs: organized labor with a Latin […]

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Martinez takes labor fight to U.S. Supreme Court By Dan Boyd, October 6th, 2015, Albuquerque Journal Just months after a legislative attempt to overhaul New Mexico’s labor laws was derailed, Gov. Susana Martinez is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a previous ruling that allows public sector unions in roughly 20 states – including New […]

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Labor Unions Seek To Extend Temporary Prop. 30 Tax Increase On Wealthy Until 2030 September 15, 2015, CBS Sacramento A coalition of labor unions is seeking to extend California’s temporary tax increase on the wealthy until 2030. A group called the Alliance for a Better California submitted title and summary with the secretary of state […]

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Clinton makes pro-union pitch to voters on Labor Day By Dan Merica, September 8, 2015, CNN Hillary Clinton remained focused on Republicans during a two-day swing through Iowa, and told voters on Labor Day one of her biggest jobs as president will be “to defend and protect your right to organize collectively.” Clinton marked the Labor […]

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Los Angeles could use more COIN Editorial, September 1, 2015, Los Angeles Times Last month, when Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson announced a tentative contract with unions representing more than half of the city’s civilian workforce, budget watchdogs clamored for details so they could analyze the potential financial impact. They’re still […]

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Marin County administration cool to report calling for more openness in labor talks By Nels Johnson, August 25, 2015, Marin Independent Journal The public isn’t going to know much more than it already does about labor negotiations at the Civic Center under a plan pitched by administrators on behalf of county supervisors. In an analysis that […]

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You’re Killing Me: Regulations, Government Unions, And Taxes Quash Small Business By Chuck Devore, August 18, 2015, Daily Caller Since our founding, the American Dream has been entwined with self-employment — whether as a farmer, a shopkeeper, a doctor, or an inventor — Americans have been at home in our “commercial republic.” The mounting tide of […]

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Retired labor union official lands consultant post in state Assembly By Melanie Mason, August 11, 2015, Los Angeles Times Willie L. Pelote Sr., a top labor union lobbyist, has quietly landed a plum consultant job in the state Assembly, not long after he announced his retirement from a powerful public employee union. Pelote stepped down in […]

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Chris Christie to teachers union: You deserve a punch in the face By Lyndsey Layton, August 3, 2015, Washington Post New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, struggling to gain traction in a crowded 2016 GOP presidential field, said Sunday that a national teachers union deserves a “punch in the face” and called it the “single most […]

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Google Express workers want to unionize for higher pay By Kia Kokalitcheva, July 27, 2015, Fortune More than 140 workers at Google Express, the tech giant’s same-day shopping delivery service, are seeking union representation from the Teamsters, the national labor union that already represents shuttle bus drivers for Facebook, Apple, and Yahoo, according to USA Today. Google […]

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Union bills proliferate in California Capitol By Dan Walters, July 21, 2015, Sacramento Bee Only a sixth of California’s wage earners are members of labor unions, but they carry a very big stick in politics. Unions are the largest single source of legislative campaign funds, a recent Sacramento Bee compilation revealed, and among Democrats, their hegemony […]

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As Republican presidential field grows, Californians ponder best choice By Josh Richman. July 14, 2015, San Jose Mercury News Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign launch Monday means 15 GOP candidates now are seeking the White House with at least two more on the way, leaving California Republicans with an embarrassment of riches — or maybe […]

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State Legislatures Consider Future of American Labor By Jenni Bergal, July 7, 2015, Governing Thousands of protesters rallied outside the state capitol in frigid temperatures in February to express their anger before the state Senate voted. The Assembly held a heated all-night debate. But in the end, the Republican-dominated Wisconsin Legislature passed a right-to-work measure […]

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Santa Clara County: Marathon last-ditch bargaining reaps tentative union deal By Eric Kurhi and Mark Gomez, June 30, 2015, San Jose Mercury News After a marathon bargaining session that started on Friday and nearly lasted until daybreak Tuesday, a planned strike was averted when a tentative agreement was reached with Santa Clara County’s largest employee […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

San Jose City Council to consider labor deal with firefighters union June 23, 2015, Silicon Valley News A new labor deal with the San Jose firefighters union highlights a packed city council agenda today. After the firefighters union approved the new labor deal by a 95 to 5 percent vote, the contract will go to the […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

San Jose strikes labor deals with 3 unions that include raises By Ramona Giwargis, June 15, 2015, San Jose Mercury City leaders announced tentative labor agreements with three of 11 unions on the run-up to several crucial deadlines: the expiration of 10 contracts, the start of a new fiscal year and the City Council’s fast-approaching […]