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  • Workers’ Memorial Day: Group Calls for Justice After Farmworker Death

    Eric Tegethoff Public News Service SUMAS, Wash. – Saturday April 28 was Workers’ Memorial Day, a commemoration of people who’ve lost their lives on the job. In Washington state, the farm community is remembering Ernesto Silva Ibarra, a 28-year-old farmworker who became ill last summer while picking berries during...
  • Oregon Law Protects Vulnerable Workers from Harassment

    Eric Tegethoff Public News Service SALEM, Ore. – Months before the #MeToo movement gained steam, Oregon lawmakers passed legislation to protect women working in the shadows, literally. Now that law is in effect. At the beginning of this year, janitorial contractors started joining a registry that ensures they’re in...
  • Millennial Workers Get Big Boost from $15 Minimum Wage Combined with California Secure Choice Program

    BERKELEY – The financial future looks brighter for millions of low-to-middle income workers in California in danger of slipping into poverty upon retirement thanks to legislation championed by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), according to research released this week by the University of California Berkeley’s Center for...
  • UC Student-Workers Rally Against GOP Tax Plan Attacks on Higher Education


    Union Members Call on UC Administration to Confront GOP Plan by Reversing Tuition Hikes and Expanding Financial Support for Graduate Students On Wednesday, November 29th, students and workers at all nine teaching campuses of the University of California (UC) participated in a nationally-coordinated day of action opposing the GOP...
  • Arizona Social Workers Tackle the Tough Issues

    Suzanne Potter Public News Service PHOENIX — Hundreds of social workers will gather in Phoenix this Friday November 3rd, to tackle some of the toughest ethical and political issues facing society – from mass shootings to health care, child abuse and drug addiction. There are about 10,000 social workers...
  • Labor Advocates Lament Lack of Protections in New Foreign-Worker Visas

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Criticism is coming in from worker’s-rights groups on the Trump administration’s announcement Monday July 17th that it will allow an additional 15,000 foreign workers to get visas. The Department of Homeland Security will grant the extra H-2B visas for guest workers...
  • Signing of Farmworker and Domestic Worker Overtime Bills

    MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – On Monday September 12, 2016 California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León released the following statement responding to Governor Brown signing AB 1066 (Gonzalez) and SB 1015 (Leyva): “Today, after decades of struggle, hundreds of thousands of hard-working Californians in our agricultural and domestic...