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All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

Nights of Labor Studies

Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears. Read the full article>>>


2014 Unionist of the Year Awards Dinner

"Year of the Low-Wage Worker"

April 18, 2014

Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland

6pm Reception / 7pm Dinne


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From The Desk of Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary-Treasurer...

This is a comprehensive update and read from the AFL-CIO Government Affairs. Take a moment to review.

!Si Se Puede!

Josie Camacho

Congressional Update                                                       November 13, 2013

Budget Fight Continues

Congressional Republicans nearly took the U.S. economy over the cliff in early October, shutting down the government for 17 days and threatening to default on our nation’s debt. In total, the shutdown cost the economy 120,000 jobs and just under $24 billion.
As a result, the Republican Party has the lowest approval ratings on record, and for the time being the Democratic Party has opened up a lead in congressional generic polls. All of this doesn't mean we are out of the woods. What it does mean is that we have more leverage now than we’ve had in a long time.

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'Dark money': California political watchdog slaps conservative groups with historic penalties

SACRAMENTO -- Two Arizona nonprofit groups that failed to disclose the source of more than $15 million in political donations last year will pay a record $1 million fine under a settlement announced Thursday by the state's political watchdog agency and the Attorney General's Office.

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Alameda Labor Council announces it's upcoming Board and Commissions Leadership Academy for 2013

The goal of the five week training is to equip participants with a deeper understanding and grasp of the critical role of our various policy bodies that enforce and/ or create policies which impact working families, our communities, and our local economy.

This course will be offered the five consequitive Tuesdays beginning Octobe 22nd and running through November 19th. Please register today before space runs out.

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Castlewood workers have won their struggle for justice!

On February 13, the workers approved a great new contract that provides job security, affordable family health care, raises, and a substantial signing bonus.

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California Labor Federation places Oakland Airport non-union concessionaires on the statewide Do Not Patronize List.

Numerous workers employed by the non-union subtenants of HMS Host have raised concerns about violations of local, state and federal laws at their worksites in the airport.  Several of the subtenant employers have fired workers and reduced hours for others who have stood up for their rights.  Workers organizing to join UNITE HERE 2850 have spoken publicly at rallies at the airport, the Port Commission, and at our Delegates meetings.  

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Walmart workers are making history. They recently went on an unprecedented strike, fighting retaliation from Walmart as they demand a better life for workers, communities and all of us impacted by the world’s largest company and private employer. And now they will be taking action again.

Will you stand with them?

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On behalf of the Alameda Labor Council, we have been informed that UFCW 5 has reached a tentative agreement with management. The solidarity our labor movement showed to support UFCW grocery workers was outstanding and just like the outcome of the general elections, only proves how much stronger we are fighting together. !Si Se Puede! Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Alameda Labor Council.

Please read UFCW Local 5 President Ron Lind's statement

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The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 125 is on strike against Hostess Colombo Read more >>>

Subject: Seniors Celebrate Social Security's Birthday; Romney-Ryan Plan to Cut It


Speak Up! Write a letter to your editor!

Today, Social Security celebrates its 77th anniversary. Alliance members across the country are holding rallies and grassroots events to meet with their elected officials to discuss the needs of current and future retirees. Click headline to read more...

Sponsored by President Miley, the SMDO passed with flying colors at Tuesday's (7/10/12) Board of Supervisors meeting.

The ordinance requires drug manufacturers to provide a medication take-back program, just like they already do in other countries including Canada, Spain and France.
Currently no mandatory state or federal program exists to safely collect unwanted drugs and to properly dispose of them. This first-in-the-nation ordinance requires drug producers to dispose of unwanted household medications.
Manufactures and producers of drugs would be required to finance and operate the collection of unwanted prescription medications for proper disposal and pay for all costs associated with complying with this ordinance.

The Oakland City Council voted 7-0 (one abstention) last night to move forward with the redevelopment of the old Oakland Army Base, bringing thousands of quality construction and warehouse/operations jobs to Oakland’s hardest-hit communities. Please click the headline to read more...

The 2013 Fight United Leadership Academy trains members in the skills and abilities to organize a contract fight and win.  Don't miss this one-day training on Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Alameda Labor Council.

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UPDATED GOTV SCHEDULE! As a union and community member, your voice counts. That’s why it’s important that we take action and elect local candidates who will champion working families on November 8th and for Oakland voters, by November 15th. Click the headline for a list of the Alameda Labor Council's endorsements for the 2011 fall elections.

With thousands of jobs and millions of public dollars at stake in the Oakland Army Base project, the Revive Oakland! coalition is calling on developers to sign a contract with the community to make sure the project creates good jobs for Oaklanders.

Interested in becoming a Labor Council Delegate? Ask your union about how to get involved. Your union has recently received our Annual Report, which includes an updated roster of Delegates and information about how Delegates serve. 
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AFL-CIO Now Blog -- Recent News Stories

The Alameda Labor Council serves as an umbrella organization coordinating political, community, and educational programs for more than 100 unions. We represent 100,000 workers like yourself in healthcare, transportation, education, construction, manufacturing, and service. Click headline to download our handbook so you can learn more about how we serve the labor community.

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