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Historic Win for San Jose Renters


Today, in a historic move, the San Jose City Council voted 6-5 to increase renter protections. This critical and hard-fought victory for the City’s tenants is the largest progressive win at San Jose City Hall in decades. The renter protection policies were supported by Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco and Council Members Sergio Jimenez, Sylvia Arenas, Raul Peralez, Don Rocha and…

New Poll & Study Show Massive Landlord Profits, Voter Support for Renters


Yesterday, a new research report released by Working Partnerships USA, Cashing In on Renters, found that a family in Silicon Valley now needs to earn $113,040 to afford the average two-bedroom apartment, and that the number of “no cause” evictions has increased by 270 percent in the past five years. In addition, it reveals that large, non-San Jose based landlords…

South Bay Labor Council to Rebrand Under New Name


After extensive research and branding analysis, the South Bay Labor Council announced today that it now will be known simply as “The People.” The organization, which represents 100 unions in Silicon Valley, decided to change its name after polling and focus groups demonstrated that residents of the South Bay strongly identify with the idea of being people.  In addition, the…

Labor Movement Loses Key Leader with Passing of Mike Garcia


On Cesar Chavez Day  we remember another key Labor Movement leader who passed away earlier this week, former SEIU USWW President Mike Garcia.  Garcia was an unwavering advocate for working families, dedicating his life to improving working conditions, increasing wages, and empowering those who were most vulnerable, especially immigrant workers. He championed the Justice for Janitors movement, leading a historic strike…

Policy Watch: Week of 2/13


Santa Clara County Report on ordinance to prevent discrimination against renters with Section 8 vouchers At the February 7, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, the County Counsel presented a recommended ordinance to ensure that all persons with the ability to pay for housing, whether through their own funds or using a subsidy such as Section 8, are considered for housing.…

Milpitas Joins Regional Effort to Increase Minimum Wage


Tonight, the Milpitas City Council voted 4 to 0 to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2019, three years sooner than mandated by the State of California. Workers in the City will see their first raise in July of this year.  Voting in support of $15 by 2019 were Council Members Marsha Grilli, Anthony Phan, Bob Nuñez and Mayor Rich Tran.…

Annual Labor Movement Holiday Party Brings Cheer to Thousands of Santa Clara County Families


For more than 30 years the Labor Movement Holiday Party has brought holiday cheer and visits from Santa to thousands of Santa Clara County children and their families.  This year’s celebration was no exception. The Labor Movement Holiday Party provided gifts, pictures with Santa, lunch, face painting, tokens to play games and live music to hard working families with limited…

Campbell Votes to Increase Minimum Wage to $15 by 2019


By a 3-2 vote on Tuesday, the Campbell City Council chose to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2019.  The decision to increase the minimum wage sooner than mandated by the State of California was, in large part, led by Councilmember Jason Baker. Joining him in support of $15 by 2019 were Vice Mayor Liz Gibbons and Councilmember Michael…

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