|Monterey Bay Central Labor Council|
Here are Labor's Endorsements for the November 2015 Election in Monterey County as of 8/13/15. This list will be updated as more endorsements are determined by the MBCLC Delegates. Their next assembly is Wednesday, 9/2/15 at IBT 890 Hall in Salinas (6:30-8:30pm). Read more >>>
Annual Labor Day Picnic - Monday, 7 September @ DeLaveaga Park in Santa Cruz, 12-4pm. Read more >>>
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Irene Agosta Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rights for Union Women: Deadline for this year was Friday, 4/3. A link to the 2016 nomination form will be posted in the Spring.
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Each year, the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council grants two $500 awards: the Johnny Mattos Memorial Scholarship and the Cesar Chavez Memorial Scholarship. - NOW CLOSED - The deadline for 2015 was Friday, 4/10. The 2016 application will be posted in the Fall of 2015.
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Save the Date: The Annual Labor Awards Dinner will occur on Friday 4/29/16 @ the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Make sure YOU are there!
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While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. Read more >>>
AFL-CIO Now Blog -- Recent News Stories
Friends of the Feathered
As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>
Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income
Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.Read more >>>
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 >>>
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