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Dim Sum Restaurant Workers Win $4 Million Settlement

Dim Sum Restaurant Workers Win $4 Million Settlement

In the world of immigrant workers, grassroots organizations, lawyers, labor officials, and in this case, the owners of an award-winning dim sum restaurant in San Francisco, there is proof that diverse groups can voluntarily reach an agreement involving money. In this case, it’s a $4 million settlement that covers wage issues and benefits – and [...]
Oakland Renters Chalk Up Victory for Tenant RightsHigh technology job growth has increased demand for housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, causing soaring rents that have spilled over into cities like Oakland. The estimated rent for homes in Oakland for June 2014 hit $2,124, nearly 11 percent higher than the same period last year, and those housing costs have risen every [...]
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Q&A: Why I Back a Higher Minimum Wage in OaklandIn Congress, efforts to increase the federal minimum wage haven’t moved in months – despite numerous Americans concerned about having jobs but not earning enough to pay their bills. In Oakland, Calif., voters in this San Francisco Bay Area city are among those on the frontline, at least on the local level, of this debate. [...]
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Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in CaliforniaIn 1999, about this time of the year, I was hanging billboard-size banners off freeway overpasses with a bunch of people I just met that morning. The spray-painted bedsheets read “No on Prop 21!” and “Stop Criminalizing Youth of Color.” We were part of California’s burgeoning youth movement – mainly twentysomethings who were coming of [...]
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Meet Ana Aceves – the Mexican Carl SaganBERKELEY, Calif. – When Ana Aceves was 12 years old, she sat on her parents’ front porch in the Central Valley city of Merced, California, looked up into the night sky and had an “out of body experience.” She saw herself on her porch, then her city, and state, planet, and finally the stars. It [...]
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Pursuing Clarity in South L.A. to Transform NeighborhoodsAt a recent leadership academy for South Los Angeles residents, Gilda Haas – who was sharing information – opened with a story: “Once upon a time, there was a beautiful city in southern California that was an industrial powerhouse.” She went on to share the (abbreviated) story of South L.A., a story that participants knew [...]
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Will a Tax on Soda Lead to Healthier Lives?SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past. Voters in San Francisco will decide whether to [...]
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Finding Love for Everyone – Through Laundry and SudsHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry. Every month, Mitchell would trek to a local laundromat and take advantage of Laundry Love, a growing faith-driven movement that helps those who are homeless [...]
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L.A. Hotel Workers Celebrate Higher Pay, Leaving PovertyAmid cheers from labor and community supporters, 12 of the 15 Los Angeles City Council members voted on Sept. 24 in favor of an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for workers in large hotels to $15.37 per hour. The measure will apply to hotels with 300 rooms or more beginning in July 2015, [...]
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