OAKLAND, Calif. - Some 30,000 California workers, many of them in the San Francisco Bay Area, are employed by mercados - Latino, Asian and other ethnic grocery stores numbering many recent immigrants among both workers and customers.
Mike Casey, Unite Here Local 2 executive director, pointed out the importance of community support to the workers' victory.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 in northern California says the year 2011 poses unprecedented challenges for its members working in the grocery industry.
State officials around the country are using state and local budget woes as a smokescreen for campaigns against public unions.
California's landmark Paid Family Leave (PFL) program has produced substantial "economic, social, and health" gains for workers and their families.
What happens if a city trains a police officer on condition she stays five years on the job, but she resigns after two years?
Re-enacting the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph was apt, because like the religious heroes, 57 janitors, cooks and other support workers have been locked out.
Hundreds rallied in some 45 cities Dec. 15 in a national Day of Action to protest efforts by Rite Aid to slash health coverage for its low-paid clerical and warehouse employees.
With brooms and mops held high, our group of 35 people, including the president of the Central Labor Council and religious leaders, marched into the Hyatt Hotel lobby.
Low wage workers and their supporters gathered on the steps of San Francisco City Hall Nov. 18 to mark the National Day of Action Against Wage Theft.