Monthly Archives : July 2014

McDonald’s Ruling Could Open Door for Unions


The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that McDonald’s could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators — a decision that, if upheld, would disrupt longtime practices in the fast-food industry and ease the way for unionizing nationwide. Business groups called the decision outrageous. Some legal experts described it…

Doing Nothing is Not an Option


Right about now, dozens of children and their families who made a risky and frightening journey across the Southern U.S. border are getting a small bit of comfort from people like you.  Your donations of clothes, blankets, diapers, women’s feminine care products and other necessities collected by San Jose’s Working Partnerships USA were sent to the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice…

The Brazilian Pursuit for Justice and Equality


I’m remembering the morning after Brazil´s devastating loss to Germany in the World Cup.  It´s 7 a.m. and I’m taking my usual walk through the center of Caucaia.  The city of 200,000 is already bustling with people catching buses to work or opening their small shops.  Tears were shed last night but today it´s back to work.  It´s also back…

Apple Employees are Pretty Smart, But Do They Know About This?


Apple, Google and other tech giants in the Silicon Valley are booming.  Those companies are filled with brilliant people, many getting rich from the fruits of their labor.  And they deserve it.  Engineers and designers and other professionals who bring us the devices that make so many lives easier and more productive, work hard at what they do. But there…

Today’s Big Business Can Learn From the Past to Expand the Middle Class


When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country,” he expressed a view shared by many business leaders.  In today’s business climate it seems incredible, but through much of the 20th century business leaders supported workers’ rights.  Why did leading…

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


Readers: It’s another light agenda week. Please enjoy some summer reading inequality and the minimum wage. Paul Mason writes in the Guardian that the best of capitalism is over for rich counties by painting a bleak picture of what a continuation of “more of the same” means by 2060. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/07/capitalism-rich-poor-2060-populations-technology-human-rights-inequality

How to Get San Jose’s Groove back


Neighborhood safety in San Jose has deteriorated. Potholes riddle our streets. Businesses struggle to have their applications and permits processed. Libraries are shuttered more hours than they’re open. In the video above, San Jose engineers, architects, supervisors and mid-managers detail the challenges that they and their coworkers face as residents question why city services have been cut. Check out the…

Willow Glen’s 2016 Council Race Will Be One to Watch


When most politicos say “2016”, they are talking about the Presidential race to succeed Barack Obama.  But in the neighborhoods of San Jose Council District 6, the jockeying for position to replace Pierluigi Oliverio after his 10-year reign of error has begun in earnest. District 6 is one of the most, if not the most politically active areas in San…