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As a 14-year-old, Sara Ziff faced situations most adults find difficult to manage. But as a model barely out of middle school, sexual harassment and fighting for wages owed to her were all too common. She found out she wasn’t alone. Other models faced the same challenges, and many were pressured to drop out of high school to make the most of a short-lived career.

They banded together to address these concerns collectively, to establish fair and ethical standards in the workplace. In 2012, Ziff formed the Model Alliance to bring dramatic and lasting change in the fashion industry. We spoke with Ziff this month about the fashion industry and the initiatives at The Model Alliance. Read the full article>>>

 


All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

2014 Monterey Bay Central Labor Council's Scholarship

2014 Monterey Bay Central Labor Council Scholarship Application
Link to Application

2014 Nomination for the Irene Agosta Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rights for Union Women

2014 Nomination Application for the Irene Agosta Memorial Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Rights for Union Women Link to Application

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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