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Americans Miss Unions

Americans Don’t Miss Manufacturing — They Miss Unions By Ben Casselman, Fivethirtyeight.com U.S. manufacturing jobs, I argued a few weeks ago, are never coming back. But that doesn’t stop politicians from talking about them. Donald Trump scored his knockout blow in Indiana in part by railing against the decision by Carrier, a local air-conditioning manufacturer,…

From #FightFor15 to Unionizing

California’s fast-food workers shift focus from minimum wage to unionizing As fast-food and other low-wage workers rally Thursday across the country for a $15 minimum wage, the Fight for $15 campaign in California will be shifting its focus to another goal: unionizing. Thousands of Los Angeles area workers from the service and homecare industries are…

ICYMI: Jerry Brown signs $15 minimum wage in California

Gov. Jerry Brown, casting a living wage as a moral imperative while questioning its economic rationale, signed legislation Monday raising California’s mandatory minimum to $15 an hour by 2022, acting within hours of a similar bill signing in New York. The bill’s enactment comes one week after Brown, Democratic lawmakers and labor leaders announced an…

Strong Unions, Strong Democracy

By RICHARD D. KAHLENBERG IF the questions that came up during oral argument in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association on Monday are any guide, the ruling bloc of conservative justices appears ready to render a decision later this year that would significantly weaken public sector labor unions. By stripping these unions of key financial resources…

In Friedrichs case, justices should follow precedent, side with labor

BY THE SACRAMENTO BEE EDITORIAL BOARD From all reports, the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to undermine organized labor and curb states’ ability to reasonably govern their own affairs. We hope calm heads and labor prevail, and that the justices affirm 40-year-old precedent by ruling against plaintiffs led by Orange County teacher Rebecca Friedrichs in…

Stronger Unions Are the Way to Rebalance Our Economy

Thousands of Americans who work in fast-food restaurants walked off their jobs for a day again earlier this month, once more disrupting breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours in neighborhoods around the country. Their strikes have provoked a broad debate over minimum wage levels at local and national levels, which is long overdue. But that’s just…

Teachers’ suit is another corporate attack on workers

It’s no secret that our nation’s economy in recent years has swung out of balance. Working people are having an increasingly difficult time just getting by, while getting ahead can often seem a dream out of reach. It’s not for lack of effort. Everyday Americans are working more than ever. That work has created record…

Another View: State pension funds are recovering

Perhaps an oil slick is clouding the crystal ball of Stephen Eide of the Koch brothers-funded Manhattan Institute when he suggests that the effort to undermine the retirement security of millions of Californians – disguised as “pension reform” – is gaining steam (“Pension reform has momentum”; Viewpoints, Aug. 14). Here’s a reality check: The state’s…

CEO pay gap is just what we feared

It started as a rallying cry from the grassroots Occupy Wall Street movement, at a time of runaway executive compensation and dwindling incomes among the middle class and the poor: “We are the 99 percent!” Now it’s an issue in the 2016 presidential race, particularly among those vying for the Democratic nomination. But who exactly…