When someone says the word “Thanksgiving,” what’s the first thing that leaps to mind? Do you think: “turkey,” “holiday,” “no work,” “dinner with family,” “gorging” “football”? Or does your nimble brain skip the actual holiday part entirely and immediately go to “shopping,” “deals,” “Black Friday,” “lines,” “must get deals at all costs!”? Demand that Workers…

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the J.W. Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot hotel signed a settlement agreement with the National Labor Relations Board in which it agreed to pay over $35,000 in bonuses the company withheld from workers in 2016, to rescind 7 disciplines issued to employees, and to offer reinstatement to a worker who was…

By Paul Burton The California State Senate passed the landmark Assembly Bill 5 on September 10 on a 29 – 11 vote. Both Bay Area State Senators Jerry Hill and Scott Wiener voted for the legislation that ensures workers misclassified as independent contractors will receive the basic protections as employees as outlined in the Dynamex…

The Santa Monica City Council recently voted unanimously in favor of a historic ordinance dubbed a “Housekeeper Bill of Rights.” Santa Monica became the first city council in the country to enact such an ordinance, which includes more robust measures that any previously passed law to protect hospitality sector workers. The ordinance includes protections against…

On Thursday, August 22, Teamsters Local 396 led a march in the City if Beverly Hills that included sanitation workers employed by Athens Environmental Services, hundreds of community residents, and members of the labor, environmental, and faith communities to support Athens sanitation workers. Workers showed Athens that they will keep fighting until they get a…

The Labor Day weekend traditionally signifies the end of summer. But while we’re taking it easy, getting together with family and friends, or otherwise enjoying a well-earned day off, we should all remember a very basic fact. Labor Day is a holiday created by – and for – the labor movement that recognizes the contributions…