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Electric bus workers in L.A. unionize — with the support of their Silicon Valley CEO 19.11.2019 L.A. Times - Technology News

Factory workers at Proterra, a Silicon Valley e-bus startup, have joined a union that also represents L.A. oil refinery workers.

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Young Activists Kick off a Climate Hunger Strike by Occupying Nancy Pelosi’s Office 19.11.2019 Mother Jones
This piece originally appeared in the Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Young activists frustrated and frightened by Democrats’ inaction on the climate crisis occupied the office of the top Democrat in Congress on Monday to mark the beginning of a hunger strike. The roughly 20 strikers and their supporters, with Extinction […]
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Working as a janitor: Lyle 17.11.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Zaid Noorsumar Lyle Skrapek has been working as a janitor since 2009. He first became involved with the union after his workplace was organized in 2010, and has been serving as a steward for the past five years. Here are some highlights from his conversation with rabble. The benefits of being unionized  [When I first began work in 2009] we weren't unionized, and then SEIU came in. We had a very basic collective bargaining agreement [back then]. We had only one personal day [compared to four now]. And we didn't have benefits at the time and there weren't really any wage increases.  From 2015 we started to make serious headway into getting more wages and benefits for us. So we've grown a lot in a relatively short period of time. Cleaners now have a voice to protect their rights, safety, job security and economic status. Specifically, we will now be introducing a pension plan in 2022.  Invisibility of the job  I hate to say it but people in a way take us for granted because they don't always see us. We're ...
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Southern California Edison strikes $360-million settlement over wildfires and mudslide 14.11.2019 LA Times: Environment

Southern California Edison settles with 23 public agencies for damage it allegedly caused in the Thomas and Woolsey fires, and Montecito mudslides.

Opinion: We're quickly moving toward a world where drone executions are the norm 13.11.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Turkey may target the Kurdish military leader in Syria for assassination, using the U.S. drone program its model.

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Broomfield’s Legacy High on lockout due to threats 12.11.2019 Denver Post: Local
Legacy High School in Broomfield is on lockout this morning due to threats made to the campus.
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Clear sky tonight means you could see “fireball” meteors, despite full moon 12.11.2019 Denver Post: Entertainment
Colorado skies are supposed to be clear, meaning you might see a "fireball" from the Northern Taurid meteor shower as it reaches its peak.
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Opinion: Why Jimmy Hoffa still casts a long shadow over labor 10.11.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Five decades after Hoffa's disappearance, his story is still used to justify efforts to curb union power.

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Risk of simultaneous blazes is making fire agencies hesitate to help each other 9.11.2019 LA Times: Environment

As catastrophic windblown blazes strike with more frequency, California's system of mutual-aid firefighting is cracking, with fire chiefs sometimes reluctant or unable to assist their counterparts.

The daily grind of working as a janitor 8.11.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Zaid Noorsumar Natalie Guitead, 26, has been working as a janitor for three years now, and the job is beginning to take a toll. The physical stress from repetitive motions builds up over time, especially when she is lifting 22 kilograms worth of garbage. "I'm always just bending down, picking up garbage and then dumping into my bin," she says.  "And I notice at the end of the week, that I feel it in my back, or my arm is sore. And if it's a really bad day where there's a lot of heavy garbage. I just feel very exhausted." Her current workplace at a commercial building in downtown Ottawa is better than some of the other locations she has worked in.  "For our building, we have three people who work on one floor," she says. "So one [person] will take care of garbage and dusting. One will take care of washrooms, and then one employee will vacuum and mop floors. Whereas I've worked in other locations where I've done [all tasks] for one entire floor." Addressing disparity in working conditions The disparity in ...
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As Kaiser Permanente faces another labor battle, critics question its mission 8.11.2019 LA Times: Business

Labor battles at Kaiser Permanente are exposing it to scrutiny from lawmakers and healthcare advocates.

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CUPE education workers ratify deal with the province 7.11.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Zaid Noorsumar Seventy-nine per cent of CUPE education workers have voted in favour of the agreement the union's bargaining committee reached with the Ontario government last month.  The union announced the results of the ratification vote at a press conference at Queen's Park on Monday morning.   The agreement retains $58 million in funding that the Ontario government had originally threatened to cut, while securing an additional $20 million. According to the Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE), 1,300 jobs have been saved as a result of this funding.  CUPE represents approximately 55,000 support staff in the province including special needs assistants, early childhood educators and custodians. Other terms of the agreement include an annual one per cent wage increase for workers, plus the maintenance of the current sick leave package, which had come under fire from the school boards. The union attributed the reversal of the funding cuts to the solidarity between education workers, parents and ...
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Review: Cherry Creek Theatre’s “Tuesdays With Morrie” is a warm, familiar treat 7.11.2019 Denver Post: Entertainment
The production, based on the book by Mitch Albom, runs through Nov. 24
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As L.A. ports automate, some workers are cheering on the robots 7.11.2019 LA Times: Business

Robots are coming to the massive ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, replacing dockworker jobs. But truckers are delighted, since they'll be able to move cargo faster, earning more money.

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Another Big Winner in Tuesday’s Elections: America’s Frustrated Teachers 7.11.2019 Mother Jones
On Tuesday night, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, while declaring victory over the Trumpish “bully” incumbent Matt Bevin, made sure to praise one group of voters Bevin had bad-mouthed during his first term: teachers.  “To our educators, your courage to stand up and fight against all the bullying and name-calling helped galvanize our entire state,” […]
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Rancho Palos Verdes voters spurn effort to equip resort workers with panic buttons 7.11.2019 LA Times: Business

A ballot initiative would have equipped workers with panic buttons to help prevent assault. Terranea resort spent at least $1 million to fight Measure B.

How the Google walkout transformed tech workers into activists 6.11.2019 LA Times: Business

When 20,000 Google employees walked out in protest a year ago, it birthed a new era of tech workers banding together to influence their companies' actions.

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Column: Gig firm Instacart, facing revolt by its workers, joins Uber's campaign to pay them less 5.11.2019 LA Times: Business

When it comes to exploiting its front-line workers, the grocery delivery service Instacart may be in a class by itself.

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For Colorado state employees, pay lags and turnover climbs 3.11.2019 Denver Post: All Political News
Kristi Griffith’s property taxes keep increasing. So do her health care costs. And the fee for her to park at work just went up to $200 a month.
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UAW president taking leave amid corruption probe 3.11.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The United Auto Workers announced Saturday that President Gary Jones is taking a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation of corruption within the union.
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