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A report released today by Worksafe, a California nonprofit that advocates for better health and safety protections for workers, shows that Tesla’s own internal data demonstrates annual injury rates at its Fremont plant have consistently exceeded industry averages. For example, in 2015—the last year for which industry-wide comparative data is available—Tesla’s overall injury rate in Fremont has been about one-third higher than the industry norm, and its serious injury rate is well over double the average.

Among the key findings in the report:

  • Tesla’s total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) in 2015 was 31 percent higher than the industry average.
  • Tesla’s total injury rate for 2016 was 8.1 injuries per 100 workers.
  • The rate of serious injuries at Tesla’s Fremont plant—those that result in days away from work, restricted duty, or job transfer—was approximately double the industry average for 2015.

The full report can be read here.



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Bowling for Change 2017

This Saturday was the South Bay Labor Council’s 2017 Bowling for Change. It was a great evening filled with friends, laughter, prizes and of course, bowling.  Congrats to Unite Here Local 19 for winning the Most Spirited Team award, SEIU USWW for having the Best Team Name and UA Local 393 for having the Highest Scoring Team.  Click here to see pictures from the event and check out the fun!

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After Series of National Protests, Uber CEO Steps Down From Role as Trump Advisor

After Series of National Protests, Uber CEO Steps Down From Role as Trump Advisor

Responding to pressure from Silicon Valley Rising and nationwide allies, Travis Kalanick leaves Trump’s advisory council

After a delegation of workers and community leaders from Silicon Valley Rising rallied outside Uber’s Palo Alto office in a national day of action, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick agreed to step down from President Trump’s business advisory council. Uber’s response came after thousands pulled out their phones to #DeleteUber over the weekend, and with a string of actions in the Bay Area and across almost a dozen cities in the works by allies like the Center for Popular Democracy, EBASE, ACCE, and Jobs with Justice.

“This is an important step for Uber towards standing with our communities to resist President Trump’s attacks,” said Derecka Mehrens, executive director of Working Partnerships USA and co-founder of Silicon Valley Rising. “Now we need Uber and companies across Silicon Valley to take proactive action against hate, and stand with our immigrant communities and workers by building an inclusive tech economy that shows a better alternative to the hateful and divisive policies we’re seeing from this administration.”

As the Trump administration launches attacks on immigrants, workers’ rights, and our cities, Silicon Valley Rising is actively engaging tech companies to stand up for their workers, neighbors, and customers by defending immigrants and minority groups; creating middle-class jobs for the service workers who cook, clean, and protect their campuses; and tackling Silicon Valley’s affordable housing crisis.

Since its founding two years ago, Silicon Valley Rising has been inspiring the tech industry to create opportunity for all workers in the tech economy. The collaborative campaign has won higher wages and union representation for bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and most recently, 3,000 security officers at tech campuses – the largest organizing victory in recent California history.

“In response to the backlash from Uber drivers and intense pressure from labor and community groups, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has heeded our demands and stepped down from the Trump Administration’s Advisory Council,” said Ben Field, Executive Office of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, which co-leads Silicon Valley Rising. “Uber has a long anti-worker history and this is the first step it has taken to stand with its drivers. We will continue to pressure Uber to respect its drivers and riders — many of whom are immigrants — and build an inclusive tech economy.”

Uber has faced national outrage since it broke a solidarity strike by taxi workers at JFK airport this weekend. The firm has a long history of actively fighting to deny its drivers fair wages, paid leave, and health care. It has been mired in lawsuits over misclassifying drivers as independent contractors, refusing to accommodate blind passengers’ service dogs, and a host of other issues.


Silicon Valley Rising (SVR) is a coordinated campaign driven by a powerful 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 is co-led by the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, which represents 98 unions in Silicon Valley, and Working Partnerships USA, a community organization that drives the movement for a just economy by bringing together public policy innovation and the power of grassroots organizing.


SANCTUARY CITIES: Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese Takes on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson

LINK: Watch Dave Cortese Take on Fox News

After a San Francisco judge stopped President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to strip sanctuary cities of federal funds, Supervisor Dave Cortese appeared on Fox News with host Tucker Carlson to discuss the ruling.  Carlson clearly had an objective to undermine the County and the Court’s posistions, but Supervisor Cortese refused to engage in Carlson’s baiting questions,. Instead, he continued to defend our local jurisdictions’ constitutional rights.

You may remember Tucker Carlson as a host of CNN’s Crossfire which was cancelled soon after Jon Stewart took him to task as a guest of the show in 2004.

Labor Loses A Fierce Ally

Amparo E. Martinez Krauth passed away on March 29th after an 8- year battle with cancer. Please join us in celebrating her life and the countless contributions she made to the labor family and her community.

THIS SATURDAY 3/25 @ 10 AM- Immigrant Worker Rights & Defense Training

Join us for an Immigrant Worker Rights and Defense Training on Saturday, March 25th from 10 AM- 4 PM at the Labor Temple (Hall A). Topics covered will included raids (home, work, community), I-9 and E-Verify, and immigrant worker anti-retaliation protections.  Please invite your members, community allies, friends, family, coworkers and anyone who you think will benefit from this training. You do NOT need to be a union member to attend.

Lunch and simultaneous translation in Spanish and Vietnamese will be provided. 

 RSVP to reserve your spot (and get lunch):  lita@southbaylabor.org

Statement by South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council Executive Officer Ben Field on Withdrawal of Puzder’s Secretary of Labor nomination

“Andrew Puzder was unfit to hold the office of Labor Secretary, and the withdrawal of his nomination is a victory for working families in California and throughout the nation. Puzder sought to lead the department tasked with protecting the rights of workers, but he has a well-documented record of cheating his employees out of their wages, opposing increases to the minimum wage and violating labor law. America’s workers deserve better.  They want a Labor Secretary who will give them a voice in the workplace, hold unscrupulous companies accountable and help create good-paying jobs. Working people stood together to oppose Puzder’s nomination and will oppose the nomination of any person who is not committed to improving the lives America’s workers.”