Posted on November 23, 2015 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
Dolores Huerta, who co-founded United Farmworkers with Cesar Chavez and who is an Honorary Chair of Democratic Socialists of America, spoke during a news conference Tuesday morning Nov. 10, before the Republican candidates debate in Milwaukee and said it’s “really unfortunate” that GOP leaders are trying to win by attacking innocent people.
Huerta has led movements for organizing union rights and social justice since the founding along with Cesar Chavez, Philip Vera Cruz and others of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. She continues through her current work in supporting union democracy, civic engagement and promoting Latino Voter participation.
Organizing Latino voter education and outreach is an important part of defeating Republicans in 2016. And, it is working.
Huerta calls Donald Trump the face of the Republican Party, and accuses him of dehumanizing Latinos. With organized work, GOP positions on immigration and union rights may sink Republicans in the 2016 elections.
Huerta says Trump’s primary opponents are no better.
“When we think about people like Rubio and Ted Cruz, even Jeb Bush, who speaks Spanish, they may have a Spanish last name — but they do not have a Latino heart because they don`t care about immigrants. They don`t care about our community,” Huerta said. Continue reading
Filed under: Immigrant Workers, Labor and Democracy, Labor History, Politics, Solidarity | Tagged: Dolores Huerta, Donald Trump, haters, Latino votes, Republican Party (United States), United States | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 17, 2015 by dcampbell1
Dan Braun , Capital and Main
As Capital & Main reported recently , drivers with one of the larger
English: Kenworth near Sears Boyle Heights , Los Angeles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
trucking companies serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike just before dawn October 26th. They struck XPO Logistics, a major international freight transportation company, while at the same time other drivers picketed Pacific 9 Transportation as they entered the 15th week of a strike against that company.
These drivers are on the front lines of a critical fight impacting the future of work in the United States. “Misclassification,” a condition in which companies wrongly treat their workers as “independent contractors” rather than as employees, is a growing problem that is receiving increasing attention. By misclassifying their workers, companies are able to claw back pay, duck standards like the minimum wage and overtime restrictions, and shift risk onto employees. This is wage theft, according to both labor advocates and the striking port truck drivers, as well as a growing list of rulings  from courts and regulatory agencies. Continue reading
Filed under: Busting the union busters, Immigrant Workers, Organizing, Strikes and work action | Tagged: Independent contractor, Lawsuit, Los Angeles, Strike, Truck driver, Trucking industry in the United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 14, 2015 by dcampbell1
Français : Logo SEIU (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Why it would be a tragic mistake for SEIU to endorse HRC at this time.
This letter is being sent to SEIU President Mary Kay Henry and members of the IEB. This is also being cc’d to members of the Board of Directors of SEIU Local 503 in Oregon, the local to which we belong.
Unhappy with the pro-corporate/pro-Wall St. bias of the Democratic Party establishment, of which Hillary Clinton is a major player; early on we have been among the many labor activists calling for Sen. Elizabeth Warren to step up and run for President.
We have long been appreciative of the stances taken by Senator Bernie Sanders on labor issues, and on broader economic and social justice issues. However, when Sanders first announced his candidacy, many of us were unsure that he could mount a credible national campaign and candidacy. What has happened since has surprised almost everyone. The issues and values that we hold near and dear are today at the center of national discussion and in the Presidential debate. For this, we largely have Senator Bernie Sanders to thank.
We list a number of reasons below why, 1) Hillary Clinton is not our candidate, at least not in this primary period, and 2) any primary endorsement should be the result of an exhaustive process of union-wide discussion in which our International provides hard facts to our members on the actual positions and voting records of all the candidates on the issues of critical importance to us. Continue reading
Filed under: Fair Trade, Immigrant Workers, Low wage workers, Organizing, Politics | Tagged: Bern, Bernie Sanders, Bloomberg L.P., Corporate, Democratic Party (United States), economic inequality, Flickr, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Vermont, YouGov | 5 Comments »
Posted on November 11, 2015 by dcampbell1
Will AFL-CIO Jump In?
By Carl Finamore
There are only two flash points in American history where labor unions became center stage in politics.
I will call these “Big Bang” moments because they propelled the American Federation of Labor (AFL) after 1886 and the Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) after 1935, from fledgling organizing committees into mass organizations directly impacting and attracting millions.
In the case of the AFL, it was due to avid support for the eight-hour day and in the case of the CIO, it was due to resolute support for union organizing of millions of previously excluded industrial workers.
There has never again been such mass acceptance and relevancy for labor, mostly because of numerous failures to grasp the historical moment. Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Immigrant Workers, Labor History, Low wage workers, Organizing, Politics, Solidarity, Strikes and work action | Tagged: activism, AFL-CIO, American Federation of Labor, American Federation of Teachers, CIO, Samuel Gompers, United Farm Workers | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 2, 2015 by dcampbell1
by Dan Braun,
As Capital & Main reported yesterday, drivers with one of the larger trucking companies serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike just before dawn Monday. They struck XPO Logistics, a major international freight transportation company, while at the same time other drivers picketed Pacific 9 Transportation as they entered the 15th week of a strike against that company.
These drivers are on the front lines of a critical fight impacting the future of work in the United States. “Misclassification,” a condition in which companies wrongly treat their workers as “independent contractors” rather than as employees, is a growing problem that is receiving increasing attention. By misclassifying their workers, companies are able to claw back pay, duck standards like the minimum wage and overtime restrictions, and shift risk onto employees. This is wage theft, according to both labor advocates and the striking port truck drivers, as well as a growing list of rulings from courts and regulatory agencies.
Drivers may owe their companies money if they don’t drive enough to cover vehicle expenses. Continue reading
Filed under: Immigrant Workers, Low wage workers, Solidarity, Strikes and work action | Tagged: Los Angeles, missclassification, Strike | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 8, 2015 by dcampbell1
By David Bacon
Working In These Times, 9/25/15
A California farm worker picking peaches.
FRESNO, CA — The strategy by one of the nation’s largest growers to shed its obligation to sign a contract with the United Farm Workers was dealt a key setback last week. An administrative law judge not only threw out one of the dirtiest decertification elections in recent labor history, but did so because California growers had given tens of thousands of dollars to set the union-busting scheme in motion.
That election, at Gerawan Farming, has a key role in an even broader grower strategy to invalidate the enforcement mechanism of the state’s farm worker labor law. Last week’s ruling seriously undermines their case, now before the state’s Supreme Court, in which they claim to be protecting workers’ democratic rights. Instead, they have been exposed using obviously illegal methods to deny workers union representation. Continue reading
Filed under: Busting the union busters, Immigrant Workers, Organizing, Solidarity | Tagged: Administrative law judge, ALRB, Associated Press, California, Central Valley (California), Cesar Chavez, Fresno County, Gerawan, Supreme Court of California, Trade union, United Farm Workers | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 21, 2015 by dcampbell1
September 20, 2015
This is an expanded version of an article in the Insight section of the San Francisco Chronicle: http://sfchron.cl/1QHt9Jt
Larry Itliong. Photo: Bob Fitch Photo Archive © Stanford University Libraries
Fifty years ago the great grape strike started in Delano, when Filipino pickers walked out of the fields on September 8, 1965. Mexican workers joined them two weeks later. The strike went on for five years, until all California table grape growers were forced to sign contracts in 1970.
The strike was a watershed struggle for civil and labor rights, supported by millions of people across the country. It helped breathe new life into the labor movement, opening doors for immigrants and people of color. Beyond the fields, Chicano and Asian American communities were inspired to demand rights, and many activists in those communities became organizers and leaders themselves.
California’s politics have changed profoundly in 50 years. Delano’s mayor today is a Filipino. That would have been unthinkable in 1965, when growers treated the town as a plantation.
But a mythology has hidden the true history of how and why the strike started, especially its connection to some of the most radical movements in the country’s labor history. Writer Peter Matthiessen, for instance, claimed in his famous two-part 1969 profile of Cesar Chavez in The New Yorker: “Until Chavez appeared, union leaders had considered it impossible to organize seasonal farm labor, which is in large part illiterate and indigent…” Continue reading
Filed under: Immigrant Workers, Labor History | Tagged: American Federation of Labor, Australian Labor Party, AWOC, Central Labor Union, Cesar Chavez, Delano grape strike, Filipino, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Labor Day, Larry Itliong, Peter J. McGuire, United Farm Workers, United States | Leave a comment »