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When Perla Balli she heard the news that the T-Mobile call center where she worked in Brownsville, Texas, was about to close because T-Mobile was shipping 3,300 jobs from that location and from six other U.S. call centers overseas, she said: House and car payments, tuition for my oldest son’s college education and the expenses of caring for five children were the first things that came to my mind. No American worker should have to worry that their job will be taken from them unceremoniously and given to someone else. Read more >>>

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement today proclaiming the federation's support for an executive order issued by President Obama protecting federal employees and employees of federal contractors against discrimination based on gender identity. Trumka said: Working people believe in equality and fairness. That’s why we are happy to stand with President Obama in supporting protections for workers who are discriminated against on the basis of gender identity. Read more >>>

Shedding Light on the Stars

On the set for Russell Crowe’s latest movie, “Noah,” Mario Pignard Jr. had the challenging task to create the impression of daylight in the middle of the night for an area larger than three football fields on Long Island. A highly specialized motion picture lighting technician, his skills were honed by other large projects, such as “The Dark Knight Rises,” starring Christian Bale, when he used nine to 12 generators to light lower Manhattan’s bridges and business district. Read the full article>>>

Background: In collaboration with Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA), the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council (MBCLC) wrote and submitted a grant application to lead an organizing campaign to educate the general public about healthcare opportunities. The application was approved by the County of Santa Cruz. The MBCLC is now in the position to begin the work. While the focus of the work will be the Covered California insurance exchange, the MBCLC is able to continue outreaching for VIACARE and the Medi-Cal expansion to low income community residents, and engage in research about healthcare for undocumented workers. Read more >>>

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