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31
Mar

Whopper of the Week: A message from the world of consistent logic.

Ok, I admit it. I’m writing a Whopper critique of a column in the Wall Street Journal – which is kind of like fishing in your bathtub. But I’m busy this week so excuse me for going after the low hanging fruit.

My target is Daniel Henninger’s article of March 26th which is titled, “Why Can’t the Left Govern?”

Obviously if Mr. Henninger is going to analyze why the left can’t govern, he first has to prove that it is in fact unable to govern. Read more »

28
Mar

The Cesar Chavez Movie and Why It Matters

On Friday, March 28, the movie about the iconic labor leader Cesar Chavez and the farm worker movement will be released nationwide.  The reason I will be viewing it several times is: it is a family affair and it’s personal.  This is why the movie, “Cesar Chavez” matters.

 As an organizer for the CWA Local 9423, the challenges to organizing are always present: late hours; worker intimidation by anti-union employers; labor laws that are not vigorously enforced, to  name a few.  These obstacles to building worker power are seen day in and day out not only in Silicon Valley but across the country.  Now imagine trying to organize agricultural workers facing the worst working conditions and the most abusive employers.  This was the reality of organizing farm workers in the 1960’s and it is the reality today.   Read more »

27
Mar

Seize the Moment for Women’s Health Care

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare,  is doing something for women you may not be familiar with, but you should be.

The ACA does a lot to address what’s wrong with our system of health care in America, and one of the most important ways in which it does that is a huge victory for women’s health.  While Obamacare will move 22% of uninsured women into health coverage by allowing low income women to qualify for Medicaid and making private coverage more affordable, it’s going to allow women free access to safe, reliable birth control in the form of LARC’s. (I’ll explain what those are in a moment)

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26
Mar

17 Million Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage

I have 17 million reasons for wanting to increase the minimum wage. Yes, 17 million—the number of children whose lives would be a little more secure if their moms and dads earned at least $10.10 an hour.  When I was in junior high, my daddy had a heart attack. He was home for a while, the medical bills piled up, and we lost our family station wagon.  So my mother did what she had to do: She went to work answering the phones at Sears. The job paid only minimum wage, but it was enough to make sure we could keep our home.

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25
Mar

Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community.

Mountain View

Strengthening the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance

The City of Mountain View is moving to make life easier for those displaced by the rapidly rising rental market. The Council will take up amendments to the current ordinance, which requires landlords to provide relocation assistance to households that earn less than 50% of the area median income (AMI) when four or more rental units are removed. Read more »

21
Mar

City is Losing in Police Numbers Game

SJPOA exposes false claims from Sam Liccardo that San Jose has help coming to deal with skyrocketing crime. New city projections released at a Willow Glen community meeting show 100 less officers in San Jose by June of 2016.

 

21
Mar

Whopper of the Week: The Fly’s Assertions Just Don’t Fly

On March 12th, the Fly, a column posted on the blog San Jose Inside, presented an article titled, “Odd Bunch: Republican Sheriff Laurie Smith, Organized Labor.  The piece focused on the fact that Cindy Chavez and other Democrats and labor leaders supported the re-election of GOP Sheriff Laurie Smith. The article is loaded with whoppers, but the most scale-busting lunker is described below. Read more »

20
Mar

Republic Tries to Skirt Living Wage

We live in an incredibly labor-friendly area, where workers are respected for what they do, and are generally compensated quite well for their hard work.  That’s not always the case though, especially when greedy, out-of-state employers operate in our area.  Workers need to have safeguards in place that protect them from being exploited by these types of employers. Read more »

19
Mar

SJ Minimum Wage Success Inspires Others

It’s been a year since San Jose voters overwhelmingly decided to raise the City’s minimum wage to $10 an hour, and guess what?  Not only has the sky NOT fallen, as critics warned, but the economy and low wage workers are better off than they were a year ago.

Some of the major supporters of Measure D, as it was called on the ballot, gathered recently to observe the one year anniversary of the measure’s implementation that raised the wage by $2 in one fell swoop. Read more »

18
Mar

40 Days for Life is a Misnomer, to Say The Least

We are in the midst of what Anti-Choice bullies call the “40 Days for Life” protests, which began on March 5 and run through the end of Lent on April 13. The word “life” is apparently open to interpretation by these people because the lives of women don’t seem to be included.  Across the country, extremist demonstrators are protesting at health clinics that allow women to exercise their reproductive rights.  In San Jose, the campaign showed up on the doorsteps of Planned Parenthood with two women.

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