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South Bay Labor Movement Reacts to Supreme Court DACA/DAPA Ruling

SAN JOSE – After hearing the ruling on the United States v. Texas, Ben Field, Executive Officer of the South Bay ...

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Candlelight Vigil #WeAreOrlando

Please join us tomororw at 5:30PM for a Candlelight Vigil for the victims of Orlando. #WeAreOrlando #1uPride

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Working People United Against Hate

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre released the following statement today in response to the ...

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Mourn for the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day we come together to remember working people who died and suffered on the job ...

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2016 Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Kick-off

The National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 193 would be honored if you would join them at their 2016 Letter ...

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South Bay Labor Movement Reacts to Supreme Court DACA/DAPA Ruling

SAN JOSE – After hearing the ruling on the United States v. Texas, Ben Field, Executive Officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, made the following remarks:

“The Supreme Court decision is a setback for all who have fought to fix our nation’s chaotic and broken immigration system. This ruling puts millions of hard-working families at risk, subjecting them to possible exploitation and family separation. As the Labor movement, we remain committed to protecting the rights and well-being of our immigrant communities and will continue to push for commonsense policies that will enable individuals to come out of the shadows and make positive contributions to our society and economy.

We stand in opposition to anti-immigrant politicians, their allies, and their attacks on our families and communities and urge the administration to protect those immigrant workers who are exercising their workplace and civil rights.”

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Working People United Against Hate

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre released the following statement today in response to the murder of 49 people at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida:

Bayard Rustin said to be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true. We in the labor movement are not afraid. We are resolved to do everything in our power to make sure this never happens again. The truth as we know it is both devastating and infuriating. Forty-nine souls were lost in a cowardly act of violence. These are our brothers, sisters and friends. At least one was our member.

For the LGBTQ community, clubs like Pulse are a space where people can feel safe and be their true selves. Sunday’s horrific act is a reminder of how fragile that safety can be. While we have made undeniable progress toward equality, too many in our country still face derision, discrimination and violence. These flames of hatred have been fanned by those in public life who want to marginalize an entire group of people for political gain. It’s despicable and it must stop.

But this was more than just an attack on the LGBTQ community. The victims were overwhelmingly young and Latino. Sunday’s massacre was an assault on everything our movement stands for: equality, justice, solidarity and inclusion.

It was also an extraordinarily difficult situation for our first responders, who had the traumatic job of sorting the dead from the living, effectively working in a war zone. We thank the police, firefighters and health care providers who saved lives and continue to care for the injured. We will stand with them in the trying days ahead.

Labor is one big family, made up of people of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and gender identities. As a family, we will work to provide comfort to our brothers and sisters in Orlando and across the United States. And we will make it our daily mission to ensure America’s workplaces and union halls are safe and free from bigotry.

There will be some who try to use this tragedy to further divide us, to pit communities against each other and scapegoat entire faith traditions. Let us be perfectly clear: giving in to division and fear will only add insult to injury. This is a moment for us to come together, embrace our common humanity and take the necessary steps to make our country safer, stronger and more united.

The statement, originally posted on the AFL-CIO website can be found here.

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Mourn for the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day we come together to remember working people who died and suffered on the job because of hazardous working conditions. In 2014, 4,821 people died on the job, millions suffered serious injuries, and thousands more working people become ill from deadly occupational diseases. These deaths are preventable.

On this day working people and communities across the country  mourn the loss of loved ones and rally for stronger safety and health protections on the job. Globally International Workers Memorial Day is being observed in more than 50 countries.  http://28april.org/

Find a Workers Memorial Day event near you.

Food Drive

2016 Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Kick-off

The National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 193 would be honored if you would join them at their 2016 Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Kick-off.  The event is scheduled at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 30th at the Tony Cortese Station (formerly Westgate), 4285 Payne Ave, San Jose, CA  95117.

It’ll be full house with attendees including:

Aron Jones, (A) San Jose Host Postmaster

John Beaumont, President California State Association of Letter Carriers

Zoe Lofgren, U.S. Representative

Jim Beall, Ca. State Senator

Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose

Ash Kalra, San Jose City Councilmember, District 2

Krystal Conover, Second Harvest Food Bank

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May Day 2016 San Jose

May Day San Jose – May 1st

All labor unions are invited to join  the May Day march in San Jose and are encouraged to bring their union members and banners.   We will be gathering on the corner of Story and King Roads in San Jose at the Target shopping center and plan to begin marching at 4PM to the San Jose City Hall.  Si Se Puede!

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TEAMSTERS PARTNER WITH SILICON VALLEY RISING TO BACK UBER DRIVER ASSOCIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2016

Contact: Jamie Way, (303) 960-8272, Jamie@ForWorkingFamilies.org

Dianna Zamora Marroquin, (408) 606-2060, Dianna@SouthBayLabor.org

Nationwide – Yesterday, Uber and drivers came to a settlement regarding a class-action lawsuit in California and Massachusetts. While the $100M settlement left a number of issues unresolved, among the changes outlined the agreement commits Uber to recognize a drivers’ association. Today, Teamsters Joint Council 7 announced plans to support drivers, who want to launch and organize the association. Silicon Valley Rising will partner in the effort.

“This is a watershed moment for Uber drivers,” said Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director of Working Partnerships USA, which cofounded Silicon Valley Rising. “Through a drivers’ association, they will have a means of coming together to address issues they have at work. That will fundamentally transform drivers’ experience.”

The settlement, if approved, provides for Uber to support drivers’ associations in California and Massachusetts. Teamsters, in partnership with Silicon Valley Rising, will launch an effort to back drivers in light of this framework.

“Uber’s recognition of a drivers’ association is a step toward creating a fair and safe work environment for the company’s drivers,” said Ben Field, Executive Officer of the South Bay Labor Council. “Because of the work done by Teamsters and Silicon Valley Rising, Uber drivers who have long fought for better workplace protections but have often been ignored, will now have access to the resources and support they need to address issues of concern at work.”

Despite being classified as independent contractors by the company, Uber drivers around the country are self-organizing. The Teamsters hope to throw their institutional resources and power behind those driver efforts. The drivers’ association will give drivers a path toward disputing issues, hours and safety requirements, benefits, legal assistance, and training normally afforded to traditional union members.

“As a transportation union, the Teamsters have a long history of dealing with drivers who are classified as independent contractors,” said Rome Aloise, Vice-President of the Teamsters and President of Joint Council 7. “Whether it’s a voice at work, better benefits, or advocacy, this association will raise standards for Uber drivers.”

Silicon Valley Rising has successfully engaged the tech industry around the issue of precarious work and won substantive gains for working people. As a result of the coalition’s efforts, Apple and Google ended their contracts with a low-road security firm and raised job standards for the security officers, while shuttle bus drivers serving companies including Apple, Google, eBay, PayPal and Yahoo have gained union representation. Extending those gains to the on-demand economy is the next step in addressing precarious work in tech.

Silicon Valley Rising and the Teamsters will be releasing more details regarding the association in the coming week.

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Silicon Valley Rising is a coordinated campaign driven by an unprecedented coalition of labor, faith leaders, community based organizations and workers aiming to inspire the tech industry to build an inclusive middle class in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley Rising was cofounded by the South Bay AFL-CIO and Working Partnerships USA. 

The South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council represents ninety-seven unions and 100,000 union members in Santa Clara and San Benito counties. The Labor Council’s primary goal is to advance candidates, causes, and policies that benefit working families. 

Working Partnerships USA, a national Partnership for Working Families affiliate, is a community organization that drives the movement for a just economy by bringing together public policy innovation and the power of grassroots organizing.

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Ride Free on Friday, April 22

In celebration of Earth Day, VTA is offering free rides to customers throughout Santa Clara County on April 22, so invite a buddy and ride VTA!

VTA Travel Ambassadors will be available at select VTA transit centers handing out FREE Clipper Cards to those who don’t already have one, giving helpful advice, and spreading earthly-minded cheer.

Making a commitment to riding VTA, even twice a month, can have many environmental, health, and financial benefits.

All VTA bus and light rail is free on April 22nd!
Make a commitment to ride VTA for all or part of your trip on Earth Day.

Just Pledge, Plan, Ride, and Repeat. For more information, visit vta.org/TryVTA.

What are you waiting for? Get a Transit Travel Team together and request a free Transit Toolkit.