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Council 57 enthusiastically endorses Tom Torlakson in his re-election bid for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The differences between him and his opponent, businessman Marshall Tuck, could not be more stark. Read more >>>
While Mayor Reed fights with Attorney General over wording of the title and summary, opposition is still mounting. More mayors have signed on opposing the measure than support it. Read more >>>
AFSCME Attorney Teague Paterson summarizes the Measure B Decision and talks about next steps:
Judge Lucas has issued a final ruling in the challenges to San Jose’s pension measure, “Measure B.” This follows her “tentative decision” which was issued last December and is the result of objections and requests for modification to the tentative decision. The final decision almost completely adopts the tentative decision and preserves City of San Jose employees’ right to receive the pension promised to them when they began working for the City under the terms in place when they began working. The ruling also addresses changes to disability retirement, retiree health and the SRBR benefit. Read More
AFSCME Members Working Hard Providing Public Services
AFSCME members work hard to provide necessary public services. During snowstorms and drought, hardworking public employees are often times behind the scenes, but their work helps us live better and safely.
You can get a round-the-clock snapshot of AFSCME members who serve the public every day here.
Last month’s employment figures are in, and things don’t look good. Read more >>>
Did you know households that earned less than $52,000 in 2013 are eligible for free tax assistance, and may qualify for federal tax credits of up to $12,000 including $6,044 in Federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC)? The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers FREE tax filing assistance at various locations throughout California. VITA volunteers have been trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service.
These Bay Area free tax preparation events will also offer Covered CA enrollment:
The anti-fracking movement in California is especially critical in light of the huge drought we’re suffering in our state. Council 57 delegates went on record at their July 2013 meeting opposing fracking, and we are watching our endorsed state legislators closely as this moves through Sacramento. Read More
by Olivia Sandbothe
Low-wage workers in certain federally funded jobs will see a much-needed pay increase, thanks to President Obama.Read more >>>
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Why Municipalities Should Look to San Jose, Not Detroit, For a Lesson in Pensions
Our attorney Teague Paterson describes our recent pension win in San Jose, and why Detroit is headed in the wrong direction. "Legally questionable and heavy-handed 'reforms' end up costing city residents dearly. They pay not only in legal fees, but in foreclosed homes when seniors can't afford their mortgages, in depressed spending at local businesses, in an inability to attract new and talented workers, and in growing economic inequality as the city's middle class falls further behind." read more . . .
January 22, 2014
NATIONAL RIGHT TO WORK COMMITTEE REACHES SUPREME COURT IN EFFORT TO END COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
The U.S. Supreme Court proceeded with hearing oral arguments in Harris v Quinn case yesterday. AFSCME International President Lee Saunders describes what is at stake: Read More . . .
The $155 billion spending plan by the governor does not translate to automatic restorations of prior year cuts. Consistent with his desire to promote fiscal restraint, the Governor presented to the California Legislature and the general public a “very measured” budget. He stated that this year there is "good news in the fiscal stability and resources available for the state of California," but he also cited a need to move cautiously in order to pay off the state's "wall of debt."
Click here for additional resources on the Governor's Budget.
Public Employees: Saving Time, Money and Jobs
Public employees and their unions are frequent scapegoats when elected officials seek to score political points or contract out government services. But despite what you may have read, there are many examples of productive labor-management relations in the public sector. Read and share this new report from Jobs with Justice that shows public employees saving taxpayer money and improving the delivery of government services. Read more . . .
Are Unions Useful Anymore?
Tell me if you've heard this one before: "Unions were good at one time, but haven't they outlived their usefulness?" This statement is old hat for those who want to crush workers' rights on the job. How old? The revelation at the 48-second mark says it all.
Wealth Inequality in America
Our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is worse than we think.
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