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A new report from researchers from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finds that not only is rising inequality a drag on economic growth, but that policies designed to lessen inequality through a moderate level of redistribution do not slow growth. While the report is clear in stating it isn't the official opinion or policy of the IMF, researchers Jonathan D. Ostry, Andrew Berg and Charalambos G. Tsangarides make a compelling case that austerity policies are bad for economic growth and that it isn't just morally sound to reduce income inequality, it's the economically wise choice, too. While countries have pursued policies focused heavily on deficit reduction and lower government spending, the new report suggests those legislative priorities may be the wrong approach to economic growth, joining a growing chorus of evidence from economic analysts that is pushing for a move away from austerity. Read more >>>
The economy added 175,000 jobs in February—62,000 more than the January job gain but still far below what is needed for recovery—and the nation’s unemployment rate was nearly unchanged at 6.7%, compared with January’s 6.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of long-term unemployed people (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose by 203,000, increasing the number of long-term jobless workers to 3.8 million. Read more >>>
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Last year, Denise Imundo’s husband had surgery on his neck that forced him out of the job market. He went four months without work, and although he was eligible to receive disability payments, they only covered one-third of his salary. And when the holidays approached, finances were getting tight.
But instead of racking up debt, the couple’s Union Plus Credit Card offers special assistance for eligible cardholders. Read more>>>
2014 Unionist of the Year Awards Dinner
"Year of the Low-Wage Worker"
April 18, 2014
Oakland Marriott City Center
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!
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.
'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.Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>
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?Read more >>>
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 statementRead more >>>
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.
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.
Please click headline for more information.
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.
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