Alameda Labor Council


We're on our phones all day, returning that text from mom, checking fantasy football scores and deleting all those pesky store emails we don't remember signing up for, but it's about time we use our phones for what they're made for: human conversations. If you don’t want 2014 to be a repeat of 2010, it’s time to pick up that phone and make a call to make sure working people in critical states turn out to vote in this election. Read more >>>

In a powerful speech given at the Missouri AFL-CIO Convention, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took time to address the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown and the issues of race and class the shooting reignited in the national conversation. Trumka emphasized that racism is still a significant issue that we face not only as a country, but as a labor movement. He noted that both Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, and Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, are union members. Read more >>>

Training Up Down Under

In 2012, the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and Australia’s Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) entered into a unique affiliation agreement to combat global climate change by sharing industry best practices, particularly around alternate forms of energy generation, such as biofuels and geothermal technology. The affiliation allows for joint skills training and employment initiatives in the United States, Canada and Australia. Read the full article>>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>



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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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The Alameda Labor Council is a proud PARTNER with a broad coalition of our affiliated unions to host the annual Labor Day Picnic.

Labor Day Picnic
September 1, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Alameda Point Park
2700 Saratoga Street, Alameda

The Labor Day Picnic is a fundraiser for the Alameda Labor Council's Hardship Fund. All proceeds after expenses are donated to the Hardship Fund which is directed at helping our union brothers and sisters in greatest need. We encourage all affiliates to participate and join as sponsors at the PARTNER level or the highest level your union can afford.

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

On behalf of the California State Labor Commissioner, Julie A. Su, I’d like to thank you for your interest in helping us educate workers and employers about wage theft.

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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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