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Phone banking and precinct walking will take place until the polls close on election day: Tuesday, November 4th. Join the effort in your area...and bring a friend! Click here for details >>>>

 


Today is National Voter Registration Day and while volunteers around the country will be on street corners, outside of groceries stores, at bus and subway stops and elsewhere to help people register, you can get started right now, right here with just one click. If we’re going to beat back the attack on working families by the likes of Mitch McConnell, Scott Walker, the Koch brothers and other extremists, all of us—you and your family and friends—must be registered to vote. Read more >>>


We're on our phones all day, returning that text from mom, checking fantasy football scores and deleting all those pesky store emails we don't remember signing up for, but it's about time we use our phones for what they're made for: human conversations. If you don’t want 2014 to be a repeat of 2010, it’s time to pick up that phone and make a call to make sure working people in critical states turn out to vote in this election. Read more >>>

November 2014 Election Endorsements

MBCLC Endorsements (as of 9/3) 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
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
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

 

 

Training Up Down Under

In 2012, the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and Australia’s Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) entered into a unique affiliation agreement to combat global climate change by sharing industry best practices, particularly around alternate forms of energy generation, such as biofuels and geothermal technology. The affiliation allows for joint skills training and employment initiatives in the United States, Canada and Australia. 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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