Labor & Education


Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution

Posted February 25, 2015 by Student PIRGS

According to the College Board, the average undergraduate student should budget between $1,200 and $1,300 for textbooks and supplies each year. That’s as much as 40% of tuition at a two-year community college and 13% at a four-year public institution.
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Tony Mazzocchi

Tony Mazzocchi’s Spirit Haunts Big Oil Again

Posted February 4, 2015 by

Twelve years ago, America’s leading advocate of occupational health and environmental safety succumbed to pancreatic cancer. In the U.S., where the influence of organized labor has long been contracting, the death of a former trade union official is often little
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Rosie the Riveter Walks SF Picket Line

Posted October 30, 2014 by Carl Finamore

Amid all the bustling and hustling of rush-hour traffic in the center of San Francisco’s financial district, several dozen UNITE-HERE Local 2 protestors began walking a picket line at one of the city’s premier luxury accommodations, the Paris-themed Le Meridien
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City College of San Francisco Trial Approaches

Posted October 21, 2014 by Seth Sandronsky

Take the state law on fair competition. Add the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges‘ actions to shut down City College of San Francisco (CCSF). What will these ingredients amount to in a court of law? That will be
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Seattle hotel workers are boycotting a local Hyatt chain to get the owner to agree to a fair union vote. Photo: Rolando Avila

Seattle Boycotts Hyatt while a Boston Boycott Ends

Posted October 2, 2014 by Rolando Avila

Just a few feet away from the dim entrance to the loading zone of the high-rise hotel, a crowd of 150 workers, students, community leaders, and union members has gathered. We’re here to lend support to the Seattle Hyatt hotel
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Move Over Keynes, Make Room for Marx

Posted September 25, 2014 by Carl Finamore

Capitalism is again in the cross hairs of global climate activists. To save the earth, declare young activists, we need earth-shaking change going beyond the narrow constraints of a system that unapologetically prioritizes profits over people. The clock is ticking
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Landmark Sick Leave Law Signed

Posted September 16, 2014 by Seth Sandronsky

On September 10 Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1522 into law. The landmark legislation dramatically expands labor benefits for an estimated 6.5 million private-sector workers (including seasonal, part- and full-time employees), mandating they earn at least three paid sick
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Speaking Out for a Living Wage

Posted August 29, 2014 by Khanh Weinberg

One by one, they lined up and waited for their turn at the microphone.   Santa Clara County is weighing what it can do to help lift the working class of Silicon Valley out of poverty wages and these people had
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