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In January 2014, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, responding to the introduction of the latest “Fast Track” legislation, said, “It is past time for the United States to get off the corporate hamster wheel on trade.”

On the issue of trade, investment and global economic rules, America’s workers—and our brothers and sisters overseas—certainly are on a hamster wheel.

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Before you put together your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list, check our list of union-made in America food and other items that are essential to a traditional family Thanksgiving feast. Speaking of thanks, a big “thank you” to the Union Label and Service Trades Department (ULSTD), Union Plus and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411, for compiling their extensive catalogs of union-made products. Read more >>>

Wasting no time after the midterm elections, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka immediately stepped back into the policy arena, calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action on immigration. Executive action is particularly important now that a historically obstructionist Congress is likely to be followed by one that takes even less action on issues important to working families. Read more >>>

County Election Departments may update posted figures until a "final count" is declared. Also find out "what happens after election day" with the ballots. Links are provided here.

Irene Agosta Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rights for Union Women Link to Nomination form for 2015

 

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Please save the date for the Annual Labor Awards Dinner, which will be held on Friday 4/17/15 @ the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

 

November 2014 Election Endorsements

MBCLC Endorsements (as of 10/6) PDF Version

 

Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown (D)
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D)
Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D)
Attorney General Kamala Harris (D)
Controller Betty Yee (D)
Treasurer John Chiang (D)
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D)
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
Board of Equalization District 2 Fiona Ma (D)
U.S. Representative District 18 Anna Eshoo (D)
U.S. Representative District 20 Sam Farr (D)
State Senate District 12 Anthony Cannella (R)
State Assembly District 29 Mark Stone (D)
State Assembly District 30 Luis Alejo (D)

Monterey County Supervisor District 2 Ed Mitchell
Santa Cruz County Supervisor District 4 Greg Caput
Greenfield Mayor John Huerta, Jr.
Greenfield City Council Avelina Torres
Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado
Marina City Council David Brown
Monterey City Council Timothy Barrett, Nancy Selfridge
Salinas City Council District 2 Tony Barrera
Santa Cruz City Council Leonie Sherman, Bruce Van Allen, Cynthia Chase
Seaside Mayor Ralph Rubio
Seaside City Council Jason Campbell, Dennis Alexander
Soledad City Council Christopher Bourke, Alejandro Chavez
Marina Coast Water District Jan Shriner
Monterey Peninsula Airport District Dan Presser
Salinas Valley Memorial Health Care Zone 5 Carmen Gill
Santa Cruz City Schools Alisun Thompson, Jeremy Shonick

 

Monterey County Ballot Measures
MEASURE A PACIFIC GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, SCHOOL BONDS YES
MEASURE B SALINAS UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, SCHOOL BONDS YES
MEASURE C GREENFIELD UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT, SCHOOL BONDS YES
MEASURE D GREENFIELD UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT, SCHOOL BONDS YES
MEASURE E CITY OF MARINA, TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX YES
MEASURE F CITY OF MARINA, TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX YES
MEASURE G CITY OF SALINAS, TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX YES
MEASURE H CITY OF SALINAS, UTILITY USERS TAX YES
MEASURE I CITY OF SOLEDAD, TEMPORARY TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX YES
MEASURE J CITY OF SAND CITY, TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX YES
MEASURE K CITY OF GONZALES, TEMPORARY TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX YES
MEASURE M CITY OF KING, SALES TAX YES
MEASURE N CITY OF KING, PUBLIC SAFETY, REC., PUBLIC WORKS & FISCAL STABILITY YES
MEASURE P CITY OF MONTEREY, SPECIAL TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX YES MEASURE Q MONTEREY-SALINAS TRANSIT DISTRICT, TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX YES MEASURE R CITY OF DEL REY OAKS, TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX YES

Santa Cruz County Ballot Measures
MEASURE K COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ, CANNABIS BUSINESS TAX YES
MEASURE L CITY OF SANTA CRUZ, CANNABIS BUSINESS TAX YES MEASURE M CITY OF CAPITOLA, TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX YES

 LINK to CALIFORNIA LABOR FEDERATION'S STATEWIDE ENDORSEMENTS

 

Support Mission

Transport Workers (TWU) Local 527 provides support services for U.S. troops as they train and learn signal command at the Fort Gordon military base in Augusta, Ga. TWU members do everything from issuing and repairing equipment and vehicles to making sure the well water is safe to drink and the facilities are heating and cooling properly. Read the full article>>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

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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