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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 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 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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Groundbreaking Opportunity to Work Initiative Filed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     Contact: dianna@southbaylabor.org
January 25, 2016                                                                                      408.606.2060

 Silicon Valley Rising Committee files measure to provide part-time employees access to more work hours

SAN JOSE, CA – Today, key Silicon Valley Rising members, along with community, religious and labor leaders submitted a groundbreaking measure, the Opportunity to Work Initiative. This initiative will require employers to offer qualified part- time employees the opportunity to work additional hours before hiring new part-time or temporary employees.

The Opportunity to Work Initiative is the first measure of its kind in the country.  Although San Francisco and SeaTac have adopted similar ordinances, no previous initiative has aimed to provide part-time employees across industries access to more work hours.

“Despite the fact that I work three part-time jobs, I struggle to make ends meet. Every week the number of hours I get changes, so I am never sure what my paycheck will be,” said Sara Delete, a fast food employee. “Not having access to more work hours means that I am constantly worried about being able to provide for my son, cover my rent and pay the bills.”

“Every day I see how my parishioners struggle to make ends meet because they do not have access to sufficient work hours. This initiative would help these workers support their families by getting enough hours so that their paychecks cover their bills and they can put food on the table,” stated Fr. Jon Pedigo.

“A number of employers avoid providing healthcare and other benefits by hiring new part-time workers instead of giving more hours to current part-time employees. It’s unfair,” said Ben Field, Executive Officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council. The Opportunity to Work Initiative will ensure that employers offer additional work hours to current, qualified workers before hiring extra people.

“This measure will not only help low-wage workers keep up with the ever-rising cost of living in Silicon Valley, but will also help bring equity to the workplace for female hourly workers who receive fewer hours than men,” said Angelica Ramos, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus Silicon Valley.

“We are seeing so many parents working hard, willing to do whatever they can to support their families, but most part-time workers are unable to cover their most basic needs, such as food and rent, said Poncho Guevara, Executive Director of Sacred Heart Community Service. “When part-time workers are denied hours, they are pushed further into poverty, making it impossible for them to support their families without the safety net we provide. They want to work. The Opportunity to Work Initiative would help many of the families that we serve by giving them the chance to work more hours and hopefully achieve economic stability.”

“Far too many working families are struggling to get enough work hours to pay bills and put food on the table in Silicon Valley. The Opportunity to Work Initiative is about working people in this community having the opportunity to thrive and achieve a measure of stability and economic security,” said Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director of Working Partnerships USA.

“The majority of individuals working part-time jobs are people of color. As such, they are disproportionately impacted by the lack of hours, low wages and non-existent benefits, said Chava Bustamante, Executive Director of Latinos United for a New America. Every day that workers are denied hours and benefits, the well-being of their families is at risk. The Opportunity to Work Initiative is an important step in raising up our hard-working minority families and providing access to work they desperately need to survive. 

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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.

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Spring Candidate Campaign Kickoff!!!

Join us on Saturday, April 2nd at 9 AM at the South Bay Labor Council to help  get Ash Kalra elected to California State Assembly!   We will also be out in support of Sergio Jimenez, Helen Chapman, and Josh Barousse.

Breakfast will be served.