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13 Oct Firefighters Define Heroism

As awful as it is to watch the destructive wildfires in California, it is just as inspiring to witness the selflessness and heroism of those fighting it. America’s firefighters define bravery by risking their lives to save others. After the fires, the entire labor movement will join in the efforts to rebuild the damaged communities. Message of the Day - Firefighters Define Heroism The deadliest wildfires in California history continue to rage, scorching thousands of acres across the northern part of the state. All told, more than 21 major fires driven by hot, dry winds have charred more than 191,000 acres since fires began on Sunday night. More than 3,500 homes have been burned. The causes of the fires remain under investigation. Kitchen Table Economics 31: That’s how many people have died in the recent California wildfires. Hundreds of people remain missing. Take Action Make trade work for workers!                       Source: The Labor Wire...

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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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12 Nov Immigrants gripped by deportation fears with Trump election

Immigrants gripped by deportation fears with Trump election By ASTRID GALVAN and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES PHOENIX (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump launched his candidacy on an anti-immigrant sentiment and has vowed to repeal a key Obama administration program that shields hundreds of thousands of people from deportation. Now, many immigrants in the country illegally, or with relatives who are, fear deportation and separation from their families. In immigrant-heavy areas like Los Angeles and Phoenix, activists are scrambling to provide informational meetings for immigrants to help them protect themselves from deportation. Others want legal immigrants to apply for citizenship so they can eventually obtain legal status for relatives. "The more we can naturalize people and stabilize our families and root our communities the better," said Julio Perez, executive director of California's Orange County Labor Federation, which is sponsoring naturalization events in response to the election. Here are stories from some immigrants who fear what a Trump presidency could bring. WORKING NOW BUT FEARING DEPORTATION Thirty-two-year-old Karina Ruiz is one of 741,000 immigrants benefiting from the program launched by President Barack Obama called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. It allows young adults to get work permits, social security numbers and protects them from deportation. The Phoenix mother of three says deferred action allowed her to work and graduate with a biochemistry degree from Arizona State University in 2015. She hopes to be a pharmacist one day. But Trump has promised to end DACA, and Ruiz fears she could be sent to Mexico and separated from her U.S.-born children. "I'm not giving up DACA so easily, not going down without a fight," Ruiz said. WORRIED PARENTS WILL BE SENT TO MEXICO Michael Nazario, a 27-year-old community activist from Phoenix, is shielded by DACA and married to an American citizen, which should allow him to get permanent residency soon. He came to the U.S. with his parents illegally when he was three and didn't find out about his legal status until he tried to enlist in the Marine Corps and could not do so without a social security card. All four of Nazario's siblings were born in the U.S. and his parents would probably have been eligible to stay under an expansion of Obama's DACA program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. But the program was challenged in court and never went into effect. Trump also opposes it. Nazario said a grassroots effort to make sure the program stays in place is now necessary to ensure his parents can stay in Phoenix. "I feel bothered by this election but it only inspires me to just keep going forward because what's at stake is not only my deferred action but my family as well, my father, my mother and the 11 million immigrants all across the country," Nazario said. ASPIRING LAWYER FEARS DEPORTATION TO SOUTH KOREA Matt Lee's parents brought him on a tourist visa to Southern California from South Korea when he was 13. Now 25, he has a college biology degree and wants to attend law school so he can become a patent lawyer. He was among the first to apply for the DACA program and now works legally, helping other South Koreans fill out immigration forms. But his dreams of becoming a lawyer are clouded by Trump's vow to get rid of DACA. Other young immigrants have told him they fear they will be tracked down for deportation because the federal government has their names and addresses, courtesy of their DACA applications. One mother said she is pulling her daughter out of a study abroad program in China to get the daughter back into the U.S. before Trump takes office, Lee said. "People are not sure if Trump will definitely carry out what he said because it is a crazy idea," he said. "Now the crazy idea of him being elected — that happened. Nothing is certain." NO GREEN CARD WITHOUT A RETURN TO MEXICO Dora Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. illegally for 27 years but has still managed to raise her two U.S.-born children and work at a money transfer business in Santa Ana, California. More than 75 percent of the city's residents are Latino, and nearly half of them were born abroad. Rodriguez said her daughter is now an adult, and could sponsor Rodriguez for permanent residency. But Rodriguez, in her 40s, would have to return to Mexico to apply and risk staying there for years to get her papers, leaving behind her teenage son in the U.S. She remembers anti-immigration sentiment in the 1990s in California but that didn't get her deported. She said she doubted much would end up changing under a Trump presidency. "When (former California Governor) Pete Wilson was here, I heard the same ...

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