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Martin Sheen, 1,200 Graduating Seniors, and Guests Support Santa Clara Univ. Adjuncts and Lecturers’ Efforts to Unionize
On June 16, at Santa Clara University’s commencement ceremony, adjuncts and lecturers’ campaign for a free and fair election on unionization got a big shout out during the keynote speech by actor Martin Sheen. As a labor, environmental, and anti-war activist, as well as a life-long union member, he was willing to treat his commencement speech as an opportunity to urge the SCU administration to grant adjuncts and lecturers a fair and free vote to unionize.
As part of their Raise Up Mendocino County contract campaign, Mendocino County workers are talking to local small business owners and residents about the need for the county to invest in public services and the dedicated workforce that provides these services.
Uber and Lyft are trying to pressure drivers into opposing Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), a piece of legislation that would expand rights and protections for drivers in California. Starting last Friday, the billion-dollar companies launched emails to try to trick drivers to sign a misleading petition so they don’t have to treat drivers fairly.
City of Oakland workers led the community charge last night as
hundreds of Oaklanders stormed Oakland’s City Council meeting to
speak out in favor of good services for city residents.
Previously, Mayor Libby Schaaf had proposed a budget that the
community had roundly rejected for making parks dirtier and less
safe by cutting Parks and Rec staffing, ignoring homelessness and
the affordable housing crisis, and making city workers poorer
while costs of living continue to skyrocket.
Contra Costa County shop stewards Katrina Beverly,
Vickey Dominguez, and Ashley Payne met with their coworkers
regarding worksite issues. To discover that all were
impacted by chronic understaffing. Chief Steward Ashley
Payne sent a request for information and found that hundreds of
positions were unfilled by the county.
Members leaped into action to organize their coworkers to attend three Board of Supervisors meetings to tell their stories about how understaffing lowers worker morale and hurts the services they provide to the community.
After more than five months campaigning for a fair contract and fighting for quality public services for San Francisco residents, 14,000 miscellaneous employees of the City and County of San Francisco voted to ratify a contract. The 3-year agreement includes historic raises, health and safety improvements, and increased staffing in various departments.