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Buzz for Bernie on the Left Coast

San Francisco   I’m not totally shocked, but I didn’t see all of this coming.  Meeting with random associates, comrades, and friends from diverse fields and directions, everyone on the Left Coast is buzzing about Bernie Sanders and his race for President.

Running a union, there’s no way to miss the fact that several thousand union activists […]

Oh, No, Déjà vu All Over Again for SEIU in California

Houston  If labor doesn’t have enough problems, all we need is another breakout of internecine warfare.

One of the most difficult and divisive disputes in recent decades, since maybe the P9 meatpacking struggle in Minnesota, occurred a half-dozen years ago in Northern California between former SEIU Local 250 renamed SEIU United Healthcare Workers’ West (SEIU-UHW) and […]

Blue Cross Loses Its State Tax Exemption in California

Little Rock     The state of California in an unusual and precedent setting move withdrew the state tax exempt status of Blue Cross Blue Shield of California.  The Los Angeles Times said they did so “quietly,” but trust  me on this one, their action will reverberate with a loud roar  throughout the soft chairs and well-appointed […]

Important Suit to Stop Diversion of Foreclosure Relief Funds for Other Purposes

Peterborough    Three California-based nonprofits, the National Asian American Coalition, COR Community Development Corporation, and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition sued Governor Jerry Brown and his team in California demanding replacement of $369 million obtained for the state for mortgage foreclosure relief and diverted to pay for state debts.  The suit alleges that according to […]

Higher Living Wages Somewhere, Maybe? $15 Per Hour, Unlikely!

Labor DayLittle Rock       A couple of days ago there was an article in the Times that examined the call by some fast food workers through their publicity strike for $15 per hour as their minimum wage.   The reporters wrote of experts and economists being “flown to Las Vegas” for urgent strategy sessions on how […]

Richmond’s Fight to Use Eminent Domain to Stop Home Foreclosures

New Orleans   Talking to community activists this week who are among the sparkplugs behind the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) in Richmond, California, one of the hot topics was the investigation by the city of whether or not eminent domain might force refinancing of houses facing foreclosure that are “underwater,” where owners owe more than market […]