Presidential campaigns are traditionally about electing candidates to the highest office. Bernie Sanders’ campaign, however, is anything but traditional. It has become a force in itself, mobilizing people to rally for workers seeking fair pay. “Bernie is taking labor solidarity to a new level by tapping into his campaign’s massive listservs to mobilize support for…

You don’t need in the middle of a historic drought to make the “water wise” choice of swapping out grass for something more ecologically sensible. The Metropolitan Water District (MWD’s) Turf Replacement Program is a win-win for the customer and the environment, and the district even supplies rebate incentives to make the decision that much…

Workers and community allies rallied outside the trendy Freehand Los Angeles, some wearing poop costumes, hazmat suits  and carrying plungers, mops, and brushes.  The rally comes after Jose Santamaria, a Freehand Hotel worker, filed a Cal/OSHA complaint this week alleging multiple sewage overflows over the past nine months in the Private Dining Room of the…

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By Jacob Bourne For the past 25 years Unite Here! Local 11 has been striving to elevate the lives of workers in L.A.’s hospitality industry — from hotel workers of many occupations to the city’s scores of food service workers at cafes, restaurants, stadiums and entertainment venues. The long haul of organizing and strikes at…

By Jacob Bourne AFSMCE 1902 represents those who work in Southern California’s water districts. They are accountants, electricians, engineers, environmental specialists, mechanics, meter technicians, pipelayers and others who collectively, are water industry experts from source to tap. In advance of the Labor 411 Blue Tie Gala, where we’re honoring the Metropolitan Water District, we spoke…

West Virginia teachers have the second lowest pay in the country. Only Mississippi pays teachers less. So, when Democrats in West Virginia moved to consider a bill giving teachers a raise, Republicans were quick to defeat it. As the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports, “In a 15-17 vote during special session Monday, West Virginia senators rejected…

Senator Bernie Sanders wants to guarantee teachers a minimum salary that will help the profession immensely. CNN reports: “Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled his education policy plan on Saturday — a comprehensive 10-point agenda that calls for the end of for-profit charter schools, creates a salary floor for public school teachers, guarantees free school meals for all…