New OC Labor Federation head seeks to marry labor and activism and give voice to the voiceless
Activists chanting "si, se puede" and "UC, escucha, estamos en la lucha" drowned out the traditional "$2 boba" chants at UC Irvine yesterday as workers, students and their supporters rallied and marched during a UC-wide strike by AFSCME 3299 and sympathy strike by UAW 2865. AFSCME represents the uni ... More >>
Patient care workers at University of California hospitals, including UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, will be taking a strike vote Oct. 28-30, their union (and the UC's largest) Local 3299 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced. The vote follows t ... More >>
Two unions apparently squared off at the Anaheim office of Local 50 yesterday over who rightfully represents the 5,000 food service workers of the Disneyland Resort. A flyer distributed by Local 50 accuses the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of attempting to take over the facility as we ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about employee absenteeism being up significantly but surgeries only being slightly down, with UCI Medical Center officials vowing, "We're taking care of the patients we need to take care of." Update No. 1 on the next page has UC official claiming the two-day strike of pat ... More >>
Are companies at the Port of Long Beach cheating truckers out of their rightful wages?
Gavin Newsom--the onetime San Francisco mayor, current California lieutenant governor and possible future governor or U.S. senator--is scheduled to give the keynote speech tonight at the 18th Annual Truman Awards Dinner in Anaheim for the Democratic Party of Orange County.Newsom follows Barney ... More >>
Rising tuition, reduced class offerings and ethnic tensions fueled many of the great campus conflicts of 2010-2011 at UC Irvine, but a side issue involved the treatment of campus janitors.At least that one seems to have been resolved.
If your idea of weekend fun is a spliff and some Twinkies for the post-smoke munchies, get to the store right now and stock up. Hostess is in trouble, and a strike that could shut the company down for good is looming.
About 50 liberal Orange County activists protested a Republican event here tonight for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but rallied at the wrong location.The error wasn't necessarily the activists' fault. The Walker event was scheduled for the private, Newport Beach offices of Orange County Republica ... More >>
Pay to playGov. Jerry Brown's trip to Orange County last month for a speech to Democrats nabbed $30,000 mostly from local organized labor unions, according to a report this week in the Sacramento Bee.Among those contributing were the Orange County Employees Association, which organized "a small, ... More >>
OC Labor Federation Official FlickrThe Register has reported yet another protest against the banking industry was held at the Chase branch located on Lincoln Ave. and Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim yesterday. The group of approximately 75 people, organized by the Orange County Labor Federation, rallied ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 11:50 A.M.: After an lengthy session that extended well past the end of the union's declared cutoff time, negotiators have announced that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the grocery stores; it looks like the strike is off for now, pending a vote by the union members. ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 12, 1:48 P.M.: Our original post previewing what became a large protest by Orange County parents, teachers, administrators, education professionals and school-board members at Assemblyman Chris Norby's Fullerton office Monday. That post also mentioned a rally at 4 p.m. today by North ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Santa Ana sends a message to One Broadway Plaza's developer: Anything you say, sir
Build it and they will come?Thanks in part to enthusiastic labor union support the Santa Ana City Council tonight unanimously approved five development agreement concessions to a wealthy Newport Beach real estate developer who is proposing to build Orange County's tallest building.The smiling, re ... More >>
UPDATE: As feared, unionized marine clerks working at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike early today (updates throughout) . . . Unionized marine clerks working at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike just minutes after their contract with a consortium of 14 ... More >>
Sanchez: Laughing all the way to the bank...Yesterday's announcement by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Won't Co-Sponsor DREAM Act) took about as much political courage as affixing a flag pin to her outfit. She is honoring a request by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Empl ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, I was at a backyard party in SanTana (no, not that type of party) when a gentleman sat down with me and talked for about 20 minutes. I had met him before but found out then that he was a representative for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (A ... More >>
The Disney magic is dead for these young activists.The Disney workers from UNITE HERE Local 11 union haven't taken a rest. They haven't eaten either so it's hard to tell exactly how eight of the original 10 fasters are still standing, let alone marching in picket lines. You read right; we lost an ... More >>
Before this evening's Santa Ana City Council meeting, union workers will stage a rally in front of City Hall to draw attention to layoffs they claim will lead to 9-1-1 emergency calls being answered by an electronic menu rather than a live dispatcher.
Jack, Morgan, Susan & Mike"Ahhhh . . . Wayne is a friend who is just doing his job as a passionate union leader. I know at the end of the day, we have the same goal--to make Orange County law enforcement better. Cases such as the Chamberlain jail beating murder, OCSD Deputy Gerald Stenger child ... More >>
*Update: Illegal deposition excerpts after the jump...Sister Katherine Gray, head of the one of the most socially active and downright grassroots religious orders in the world, really wants the media, her workers and everyone she knows to believe that she and the managers at the multi-million dollar ... More >>
UFW legend Dolores Huerta wonders why her old friends who run the St. Joseph's hospitals have turned on their own workers
If the nuns in charge of the St. Joseph Health System are so pro-labor,why are some of their employees determined to unionize?
The sisters who run St. Joseph Health System are often pro-labor—but apparently not at their hospitals
If it wasn't for the cheeseburgers, I might have found this morning's resignation of White House Chief of Staff Andy Card touching. Certainly the reporters– and I use that word loosely– on the various cable news stations did, but then they were just following the White House's lead and i ... More >>
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