Union rights and solidarity

 

The California Legislature and Governor Newsom have passed a new "2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave" law which makes this Sick Leave mandatory of all employers

Note added April 2, 2020:  The text below begins "When called into a meeting with management ...

Better wages. Check. Better working conditions. Check. And, thanks to unions, we now know there is also a union difference for workers who have access to critical benefits like paid parental leave.

According to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 17 percent of all U.S. workers have access to paid family leave.  

At a time when our country needs real investments in infrastructure, education and public services, congressional leaders are doubling down on tax cuts for the rich.

It was 10 years ago this month that the 2008 financial crisis kicked into high gear. When storied Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers shut down, bankers walking out of the building carrying cardboard boxes of their possessions made the perfect image for TV cameras.

Four members of Local 800 joined 5000 delegates from across the United States and Canada at AFSCME's 43rd International Convention, held in Boston in mid-July.

They rose early each morning to attend 7:30 AM training workshops, before the day's main Convention sessions began – and they returned not exhausted but energized to continue, in the words of Josie Cha from the Museum of Tolerance, the “fight for fair treatment, justice, and equal rights for all workers.” (photo at right: Lilia Arbona and Josie Cha)

Community support was the crucial link in helping the negotiating team of AFSCME Local 800 members succeed in reaching a landmark first contract with management at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT).