30 Jan Fountain Valley Sodexo workers are going on strike

Join the picket line on Thursday, February 1, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. • Rally at noon Location: 17100 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley Sodexo wages are so low that many of us need to collect and recycle cans to pay for basic necessities. Despite working 40 or more hours a week cleaning and disinfecting Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, we need to spend more hours collecting cans on the street and in our neighborhoods to pay our bills and provide for our families.Unfortunately, Sodexo is more concerned with profits than with providing fair wages and affordable health insurance for workers and adequate staffing levels and safety for our patients. While Sodexo brings in a billion dollars a year, its low wages, high turnover, and chronic short staffing are undermining our hospital’s infection-control standards. In 2016, the California Department of Public Health cited Fountain Valley Regional for 16 separate violations of the state’s infection control program, including failure to train and equip housekeeping staff to disinfect crucial patient care areas, including the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Operating Room. We demand better wages and benefits and increased staffing.  ...

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15 Dec Press Conference and March in Irvine to Demand Representative Mimi Walters to Stop the GOP Tax Plan

IRVINE, CA - The Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF) along with 90+ labor unions, health advocates, faith, senior groups, and community allies will come together for working families to demand Representative Mimi Walters to vote no on the GOP Tax bill. This GOP’s atrocious tax plan will have a profound impact to California’s job market and health coverage.  The tax plan gives billions of dollars in tax breaks to companies that profit and outsource jobs, and will fund those tax breaks by cutting healthcare for hard working Americans.  In fact, the bill would raise taxes for many middle-income families in California by eliminating state and local tax deductions and will also increase costs of healthcare coverage. The press conference and rally will bring together the community to stand with working families and will fight every attempt by the Trump administration and GOP leaders to cut services and programs that working families rely on. These programs include healthcare, social security, Pell Grants and financial aid to help students afford college. WHAT:  Press Conference and March – GOP Tax Bill WHEN: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11 AM -12 PM WHERE: 3333 Michelson Drive Irvine, CA 92612 WHY: To demand a no vote from Representative Mimi Walters FLYER   Take Action!!!! Save our jobs! Reject the GOP tax scam!     If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kathia Canlas at 714.385.1534 or email at          ...

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17 Jul Trump Budget National Call-In Day – Tuesday, July 18

While the Senate debates health care, House Republicans are working on a budget resolution that would give massive tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations, paid for by defunding core programs vital to working families and slashing the pay and benefits of federal employees. On Tuesday, July 18, our federal and postal unions are holding a National Call-In Day.  Please spread the word and encourage working people in your state or community to call their lawmakers at 844-669-5146 and tell them to reject this budget. ...

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14 Jul Hands Off Our Paid Sick Days

  Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45) has been working with corporate and HR groups on national legislation that would create a voluntary threshold for paid sick days or flexible schedules - any employer who meets this federal threshold would NO LONGER HAVE TO COMPLY with state and local paid sick days laws and possibly others as well. This legislation would set a horrible precedent and negatively impact the health and well-being of our families and communities. They will pitch this bill as 'workplace flexibility,' but the employer gets to decide if the time you want would 'unduly disrupt' their business, and would likely have control over other factors as well. We need your help: Join us in calling on Rep. Walters to back down from promoting this legislation.   Call her office to say NO to the Corporate "Safe Harbor". Here is a phone script and number to call. When:  July 14, 2017 and July 21, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM Phone #: (949)263-8703 For more information, visit California Work & Family Coalition.  ...

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10 Jul Tomorrow 7/11/17: National Call-in Day to protect our healthcare!

The disastrous plan to cut healthcare coverage for millions so the wealthiest can get a tax break is headed back to the Senate floor for a vote. It's time to raise our voices together and demand our elected representatives vote NO on the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" (BCRA). Tomorrow, call toll-free at 866-426-2631. Tell them you will not stand for 22 million people losing insurance and cuts to Medicaid for children, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and people suffering with substance use and mental health conditions. We know our Senators in California oppose this reprehensible bill. Both Senator Harris and Senator Feinstein have said it's still helpful for them to hear from you, especially if you have a story about how the Affordable Care Act has helped you or your family. You may also be transferred to a member of the House who will have to vote on this bill. Already called? Please forward this to friends and family members and urge them to call, too! Key Messages for Calls: Ask your the elected representative to commit to vote “no” on the Better Care Reconciliation Act and any proposal that: Ends the Medicaid expansion at any point in time Destroys the Medicaid program as we know it by changing the structure through per capita caps or block grants Increases the number of people without health insurance Undermines protections for people with pre-existing conditions Don’t forget to share your story of how you, your loved ones, and your community would be affected if Congress cuts Medicaid and repeals the Affordable Care Act.  See a sample call script to help you contact your senators, courtesy of Families USA.    ...

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19 Jun Expand Medicaid! It works!

June 19, 2017 The American Health Care Act, which Republican leaders want to pass in the next two weeks, would kick seniors out of nursing homes to give tax breaks to corporate CEOs and the wealthiest 1%. A new video from the AFL-CIO lays out the facts about why each of us should call 888-865-8089 to tell our senators to vote NO on the AHCA. Message of the Day—Expand Medicaid! It Works! Medicaid saves seniors. Medicaid is one of the single best programs to help seniors afford nursing home care. Medicaid helps people stay at home longer. Medicaid helps seniors and people with significant disabilities stay at home by offering programs to bring health care directly to them. Medicaid protects children. Medicaid pays for nearly half of all childbirths in the United States and guarantees more than 30 million children access to medical care. People with special needs rely on Medicaid. Nearly 5 million children with special care needs, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, are covered by Medicaid and other public insurance. Kitchen Table Economics $80,000: That’s the typical cost of a year of nursing home care in a semiprivate room. WTF (We Think It’s Funny) Take Action Protect America’s health! ...

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10 Mar Coast Federation of Classified Employees, AFT Local 4794 campaign for equity and respect

Please support the Coast Federation of Classified Employees, AFT Local 4794, in their campaign for equity and respect. The CFCE Negotiations Team has hit a wall in negotiations and they need your support. How you can help: • Attend the Board of Trustees Meeting on March 15, 2017. The meeting starts at 5:00 PM in the District Office Board Room at 1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92636. Please wear your union colors. If you can speak in support during public comment, contact CFCE Executive Director Nate Banditelli at or (714) 532-7134. • Sign Our Petition. Sign online petition and ask your friends, family, neighbors, and union sisters and brothers to sign. About CFCE: The Coast Federation of Classified Employees, AFT Local 4794, represents over 700 classified professionals who support students at Coastline Community College, Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and the Coast Community College District Office. Our campuses educate students in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Westminster. We enroll students, assist them with financial aid, assist veterans, help students transfer to universities, feed students, assist faculty in the classrooms and academic department offices, and maintain the grounds and facilities. Contact: CFCE Executive Director Nate Banditelli at or (714) 532-7134. FLYER...

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09 Jan Strike Alert! Statewide Strike on January 10 at ALL UC Campuses and Medical Centers

Our 12,000 sisters and brothers in Teamsters Local 2010 will be on strike this week and need our support! Local 2010 will be conducting a statewide, one-day ULP strike on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Please plan to send as many members as you can to the picket lines below. Strike Locations (1/10/2017): UC Los Angeles: 100 Medical Plaza Driveway, Los Angeles, CA 90024, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. UC Irvine – Medical Center: 101 The City Drive South, Orange, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. UC San Diego – Hillcrest Hospital: 200 W. Arbor Dr., San Diego, 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. UC Riverside: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. UC Santa Barbara: Henley Gate, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Members of Teamsters Local 2010 are fighting for fair raises and benefits in the face of management refusal to bargain in good faith. Wages for UC administrative staff are so low that over 70% of workers suffer from hunger or food insecurity. Real wages are down by 24% over the past two decades. For more information, contact Timothy Mathews, Local 2010 Research Analyst, at 510-292-0020, or Please join Local 2010 in showing the University of California what Union Power is all about! Strike Leaflet ...

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As part of the nationwide week of action calling Walmart to stop selling Trump products, the UFCW Local 324 will be at the Buena Park Walmart (8450 La  Palma Avenue)  at 4:30PM today  to demonstrate how America’s largest retailer, Walmart, shares many of the same values as Donald Trump. WHAT: A rally organized by MCAW and UFCW Local 324 WHO: Hosted by MCAW and UFCW Local 324; speakers will include: Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) Rev. Arturo Ferreras-Querijero, St. Matthew Ecumenical Catholic Church Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva Susan Sonne, candidate for Buena Park City Council UFCW Local 324 President Greg Conger WHEN:  Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 4:30pm PT WHERE: Buena Park Walmart, 8450 La Palma Avenue, Buena Park CA 90620   ...

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Arpaio’s human rights rap sheet includes the reinstatement of (female and male) chain gangs, ‘Tent City’ where inmates are kept in inhuman conditions, work-site deportation raids and a litany of cases of abuse, harassment and death. Arpaio won by 80,000 votes in the last election. In this year’s GOP primary over 97,000 Republican voters voted against him. More than that, groups on the ground registered 130,000 new voters, the largest registration drive in the history of the state. On Friday, a bus is leaving from the Orange County Labor Federation to be part of the National Mobilization Against Criminalization to kick Sheriff Arpaio out of office this year. We’ll knock thousands of doors, rally and hold an Arpaio Retirement Party you don’t want to miss. ...

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