Warehouse Workers on Strike!
Tomorrow begins 50-mile, 6-day march
from the warehouses to downtown L.A.
Warehouse workers went on strike today, September 12. Following months of high tension, high temperatures and extreme pressure in a major Walmart-contracted warehouse, courageous workers – without having a recognized union -- walked off the job Wednesday morning to protest retaliation by their warehouse employers for retaliation they have faced on the job. They are calling for safe working conditions and that Walmart take responsibility for working conditions in the warehouse.
"When we spoke out to change these things, some of us were suspended, some of us were demoted and some of us were fired. They spied on us and bullied us, all because we are fighting for dignity.” Limber Herrera, warehouse worker.
Stand with these courageous warehouse workers and demand that Walmart executives hear directly from the people who move its goods.
Click here to sign the letter to Walmart executives!
Tomorrow, warehouse workers will embark on a 50-mile, 6-day march from the warehouses to downtown Los Angeles. They will sleep on church floors and rely on community organizations for support and meals. Marchers will be joined daily by supporters and elected officials. Workers will hold daily media events and will be available for interviews in English and Spanish throughout the entire march.
Follow the march on Twitter using the hashtag #WalMarch!
Click here to read more about the strike in today's Frying Pan News.
Embassy Suites Hotel
Workers Call Strike
Hotel workers at the non-union Embassy Suites Irvine, a hotel owned by the Los Angeles County Employee Pension Fund (LACERA), walked off the job today, September 12, and took their concerns to the LACERA board meeting seeking a resolution to two-year long labor dispute. The simmering labor dispute erupted on Sept. 1 when LACERA’s fund management firm, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, brought in a new hotel management company that disciplined workers repeatedly and threatened them with termination for wearing union buttons, a right protected under federal labor law.
Managers have issued 40 disciplinary notices in 10 days. UNITE HERE Local 11 filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging a violation of workers’ rights. Today, striking workers travelled to LACERA’s monthly board meeting in Pasadena, to talk about the on-going problems at the hotel.
“I have worn my button to demonstrate support for a union for two years. In the past 10 days, I’ve been disciplined five times by managers telling me to take it off or I’ll be fired,” said David Williamson, a janitor who has worked at the Embassy Suites Irvine for 14 years.
SEIU Local 721, representing county workers who belong to the pension fund, stood in solidarity with striking hotel workers by telling the LACERA Board to solve the labor dispute and listen to the hotel workers who deserve respect.
CAPE Goes All Out to Defeat Prop. 32
County engineers, technicians, appraisers and planners
educate voters to vote No on Prop. 32!
The California Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) is going all out to defeat Prop. 32 on November 6. CAPE represents thousands of county engineers, technicians, appraisers and planners. Every CAPE-represented employee is being approached at work and asked to help defeat Proposition 32 by filling-out a NO on PROP. 32 commitment card. So far, hundreds of cards have been turned in.
On Tuesday, September 11, CAPE held its first "No on Prop. 32" phonebank. County professionals are calling voters as part of the L.A. County Federation of Labor's volunteer phonebank program. They will hold a weekly phonebank at CAPE until the end of October.
"We’ll be working hard in the coming months to educate CAPE-represented employees about the dangers of the “Special Exemptions Act”. Please tell your friends and family that it is actually just a veiled attempt to dismantle the rights and protections of hard-working Californians. We need all CAPE-represented employees [and all California workers] to vote “NO” on this deceptive ballot measure in November 2012," said Carlos Clayton, president of CAPE.
If a union has more than 10 volunteers or more to make calls to defeat Prop. 32, the L.A. County Fed will deliver the phonebank to you!
For information on how volunteer against Prop. 32 and/or organize a volunteer phonebank at your union, contact Hector Saldivar at 213-381-5611 ext.136 or email@example.com.
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