Mario Vasquez

Southern California SEIU Caucuses Call On AFL-CIO to Kick Out Police Union

In July 2015, the University of California’s student-workers union, United Auto Workers (UAW) 2865, passed a resolution calling on the AFL-CIO to terminate the membership of the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA).

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One Bourbon, One Strike and No Fear: Jim Beam Workers Win a Better Contract

“We take great pride in our jobs at Jim Beam because we are Jim Beam,” says Troy Frazier, a processing operator with 25 years at the company. “We’d be glad to go back to our jobs that we loved, used to love—the way it used to be as a family—but the way that it’s been lately, no one liked their jobs.”

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Garment Factory Workers in Southern California Are Calling for a Boycott of American Apparel

The General Brotherhood of American Apparel Workers (GBWAA), a union for garment workers at American Apparel’s southern California manufacturing facilities—one of which, its downtown Los Angeles location, is the largest garment-making factory in the country—has called for a boycott of the brand’s merchandise, pointing to mass layoffs and reduced compensation and benefits that have intensified since new management in January 2015 began a process of post-bankruptcy restructuring throughout the corporation.

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Over 1,000 LA Nurses Finish Weeklong Strike, Saying Work Conditions Are Dangerous for Patients

One thousand two hundred registered nurses with the California Nurses Association (CNA), an affiliate of the National Nurses United (NNU), went on a weeklong strike last Tuesday that ends today, in demand of a first contract settlement with their employers at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC). The CNA members say they want LAMC management agrees to a contract that fixes chronic understaffing that nurses argue is putting patients’ lives at risk.

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Transit Workers Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) announced its endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Monday, after its executive board voted to endorse the Democratic Party candidate from Vermont. Larry Hanley, international union president, told In These Times that although membership is divided on a candidate, he also believes “there’s been an increasing shift [among members] towards Bernie, just as there has been with the public over the last 6 months.”

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