No Labor Peace for Hotel on City Land: Candidates Differ With Council Members Over Labor Policy

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by Daniel DeBolt

In a closed-door meeting last week about a hotel and office development proposed for city land at 750 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View’s City Council decided against a “labor peace” requirement that would have allowed union organizing to go on at the hotel without interference.

 All seven City Council members refused to comment about the decision for the city’s lease of the “Moffett Gateway” site this week, citing Brown Act provisions allowing real estate negotiations to happen behind closed doors. “Council has directed staff to not pursue a labor peace agreement requirement as a part of the project,” announced City Attorney Jannie Quinn at the end of the Sept. 9 council meeting, adding that her announcement was not required by law, either.

“It appears that the council majority chose added city revenue over the right to bargain for fair pay and decent working conditions,” said City Council candidate Lenny Siegel. “Since the city is in effect the indirect employer, the city is driving down pay.” Continue reading

Former SJ Top Cops Condemn City Leadership for Exodus

Six former San Jose Police Chiefs have endorsed Dave Cortese for mayor and four of them sat down with the media to deliver an unprecedented warning and criticism of current city leadership. They called for a new direction and an end to the war being waged on public safety officers that has driven 911 response times to 20 minutes and caused 400 officers to leave SJ. Special thanks to Chief Lansdowne, Wheatley, Davis and Moore for their honesty and courage to speak out today. Click on the links below to see the coverage.

Former San Jose Police chiefs (l-r) Chris Moore, Tom Wheatley, Bill Lansdowne, Rob Davis

Former San Jose Police chiefs (l-r) Chris Moore, Tom Wheatley, Bill Lansdowne, Rob Davis

ABC 7 News 

Department in turmoil and current city leaders to blame say former San Jose top cops

NBC Bay Area

Former chiefs blame Reed and Measure B for Exodus

KNTV Channel 2

Former SJPD Chiefs call out city in crisis

Gov. Brown Signs Landmark Paid Sick Days Measure

CA Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez comments after Gov. Brown signed Paid Sick Day legislation she authored

CA Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez comments after Gov. Brown signed Paid Sick Day legislation she authored

Today, California made history. By signing AB 1522 ,the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act, to allow California workers the ability to earn three paid sick days per year, Gov. Brown reaffirmed our state’s role as a national leader in advancing the fundamental rights of working people. California is now just the second state in the country to require that workers are able to earn a few paid sick days per year. This law should spur national discussion on paid sick days, creating a path for the United States to join more than 130 other countries around the globe in providing this basic right to workers.

By signing this important bill into law, the Governor put an end to the cruel Hobson’s choice that more than 6.5 million workers face when deciding whether to go to work sick or lose wages that keep food on the table for their families. This law protects workers and consumers, and is vital to public health.

San Jose saw strong support for the paid sick leave legislation in August during an Assembly Select Hearing conducted via Skype by the bill’s author, Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez. Testimony on the need for such a law came from a variety of workers in low wage jobs throughout Silicon Valley. The bill also drew strong support from the California Labor Federation, which worked to guide it through the CA Legislature.

While this law is a historic step forward, California’s unions won’t rest until every single worker in our state receives equal access to paid sick days. Home care workers, like all workers, deserve the opportunity to earn paid sick days on the job. We’ll continue to fight for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers to ensure that California treats all workers with fairness and dignity.

The new law will ensure workers are able to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and employers will have the option of capping an employee’s paid sick leave at three days.  The law goes into effect in July 2015.

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AFL-CIO Endorses Staples Boycott

When some labor disputes with businesses cannot be resolved, the AFL-CIO supports its affiliates by endorsing their boycotts. A boycott is an act of solidarity by voluntarily abstaining from the purchase or use of a product or service.

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Last year, the U.S. Postal Service entered into a short-sighted and ill-conceived agreement with Staples to place postal retail units at select Staples stores across the country.

This “pilot program” is the first step in an attempt to privatize the Postal Service, a proud American institution that has been free of corporate influence since its founding, when Benjamin Franklin became the nation’s first postmaster general.


These knock-off postal units are not staffed by professional, well-trained, uniformed U.S. Postal Service employees sworn to safeguard your mail, but with Staples employees whose primary job responsibility is to sell you Staples merchandise.

Stand in solidarity with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and its highly trained and professional U.S. Postal Service employees and boycott Staples, Staples Advantage and its branded proprietary products.

Members Pack Annual Labor Day Celebration

Affiliated members of the South Bay Labor Council and their families enjoyed a day of great food, sunshine and good company in the beautiful environs of San Jose's Alum Rock Park

Affiliated members of the South Bay Labor Council and their families enjoyed a day of great food, sunshine and good company in the beautiful environs of San Jose’s Alum Rock Park

Great turnout for our 2nd Annual Labor Day Picnic.  We’d like to thank our dedicated and hard working union locals for their support and help to make this fun event a success:

Carpenters Local 405, Plumbers Local 393, Ironworkers Local 377, IFPTE Local 21, Laborers Local 270, Sheet Metal Workers Local 104, UFCW Local 5, Unite Here Local 19, SEIU-USWW

Click here to see a slideshow of the picnic.

Kick Off Labor Day Weekend With NASH-FM 92.3

NashFMflierJoin us as we host NASH FM 92.3 on Friday, August 29th to honor working families by participating in the Friday of 10,000 Flags!! Station personalities will be on site from 7:00-9:00am at…

South Bay Labor Council
2102 Almaden Rd, San Jose

Workers from all over The Bay Area are invited to come by, grab some flags & t-shirts, and kick off Labor Day weekend as we honor workers in America.  Join us in raising our flags!!

Five Reasons Walmart’s New ‘Commitment’ to American Manufacturing is Nonsense

WalmartAmericaIsNotChinaWalmart is hosting a manufacturing summit in Denver this week as part of its new program to supposedly invest in products made in America for its stores across the country. The retailer is claiming its new plan will invest $250 billion over the next decade and create 1 million jobs. We’re not buying it.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed Walmart’s summit and announcement:

But workers will not benefit from a Walmart-ification of our manufacturing sector. Jobs in the Walmart model won’t restore America’s middle class or build shared prosperity given the company’s obsession with low labor costs and undermining American labor standards. And the company’s ‘commitment’ to American manufacturing is meaningless unless it actually increases the proportion of its products that are American-made.

Here are five reasons why Walmart’s plan is nonsense: Continue reading