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County reaches agreement on new three-year contract with Service Employees International Union

County reaches agreement on new three-year contract with Service Employees International Union

VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Executive Office is pleased to announce a new three-year labor contract with the Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents 4,500 of the County’s approximate 9,000 employees. SEIU Local 721 informed County management on December 16 that an overwhelming 94% of its members voted in favor of the […]

Labor Unions Should Reinvent Themselves

Labor Unions Should Reinvent Themselves

By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views, Venal, backwards, and unimaginative are words that can be applied to the American labor movement.  Sixty years ago, organized labor was powerful and feared by businesses.  Today, organized labor, except in the public sector, is a ghost of its former self.  In the mid-1950’s, about one-third of […]

New rule would allow restaurants to control tips earned by their workers

New rule would allow restaurants to control tips earned by their workers

New proposed regulation from the Department of Labor would mandate that tips earned by some food industry employees be allowed to be distributed to co-workers as well. The new rule would have wide ramifications for restaurants, where much of the staff get by on tips.

US jobless claims hit six-month low in early August

US jobless claims hit six-month low in early August

New claims for US unemployment benefits fell sharply in early August, reaching their lowest weekly level in six months, according to Labor Department data released Thursday. The new figures suggested labor markets continued to tighten and that the jobless was likely to remain near its current 16-year-low of 4.3 percent. For the week ending August […]

Trump Crackdown on Illegal Aliens Forces California Farmers to Turn to Technology

Trump Crackdown on Illegal Aliens Forces California Farmers to Turn to Technology

By ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY Ever since the Trump administration restarted the enforcement of U.S. immigration law — enforced sparingly under the Obama administration — California farmers have been complaining about a labor shortage. A state mandated $15 minimum wage and overtime pay for farmworkers isn’t helping California famers, who are already overburdened by so many […]

New report alleges work abuses by Apple’s Chinese suppliers

New report alleges work abuses by Apple’s Chinese suppliers

Union In The News – Weekly Highlights

Union In The News – Weekly Highlights

Organized labor circles Uber and Lyft in CA

Organized labor circles Uber and Lyft in CA

Santa Paula Council: Five and a Half Hours of Soul Searching

Santa Paula Council: Five and a Half Hours of Soul Searching

By Sheryl Hamlin History The Regular Council Meeting of May 2, 2016 was prefaced by a Special Session at 5:00 pm to allow citizens to speak on the idea of a potential Sales Tax, a tax proposed previously at the March 7, 2016 meeting, when the unofficial sales tax council subcommittee consisting of Mayor Hernandez […]

CA set for nation’s highest minimum wage

CA set for nation’s highest minimum wage
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