labor issues

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Backed by labor unions and against the will of industry groups, the California state Legislature has passed new limits on non-disclosure agreements and workplace arbitration.  Lawmakers crafted the bill as a response to the #MeToo movement.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

UC Nurses, Hospital Staff Join Service Workers' Strike

May 9, 2018

Striking University of California service workers got reinforcements Tuesday, as nurses and technical staffers joined them on the picket lines outside medical centers around the state.  KQED's Raquel Maria Dillon produced this report.


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Striking UC workers will stage day two of their three-day work walkout today (Tuesday).  KQED reporter Vanessa Rancano talked with picketers and UC officials, and filed this story for The California Report.

UC Riverside officials say cleaning services at some student housing facilities and some dining venues will be affected by a 3-day strike by University of California union workers beginning today.  More on the UC strike from The California Report's Penny Nelson.

The California Supreme Court has limited businesses from classifying workers as independent contractors.  As Adhiti Bandlamudi reports, this could have major implications for the tech industry.

The head of the California Federation of Teachers says he's not optimistic about the case being heard this week at the U-S Supreme Court, warning that the conservative-majority court could rule against unions because they often support Democratic political leaders. KVCR's Isel Cuapio has more.

Pickets and protests will be evident at many University of California campuses today.  The UC and one of it's biggest employee unions are still at a stalemate over contract talks that have been stalled for months.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A Teamsters Union local in San Bernardino is partnering with local business in the area to get more customers for the businesses and discounts for the Teamsters.  More from KVCR's Lillian Vasquez.

Riverside County has contracted with a firm that will supply nurses to fill in at county medical facilities in the event that county-employed union nurses participate in labor strikes.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

SEIU Local 721

A group of Riverside County union employees disrupted the County Board of Supervisors meeting in Riverside yesterday with chants and threats to go on strike.  Union members say the county has been dragging its feet in contract negotiations for more than a year. More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A union-backed bill in the California Legislature that seeks to restrict counties from contracting out for government services has drawn strong opposition from counties.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California requires employers in several outdoor industries to take extra precautions on hot days to protect their workers.  But as reporter Sally Schilling explains, the state has yet to establish heat safety rules for indoor workplaces, such as logistics warehouses.

The Adelanto Elementary School District has identified more than 170 of its employees as possible victims of a clerical error, meaning the district could owe millions of dollars to its classified employees.  Reporter Charity Lindsey broke the story for the Victor Valley Daily Press last week, and now brings her report to KVCR.

More than 300 workers at UC Riverside will join a UC-wide, one-day labor walkout today (Tuesday.)  The action -- called by Teamsters Local 2010 -- is to draw attention to what the union says are laggard contract talks.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

There is more information about the contract agreement between the state's largest public employees union and Governor Jerry Brown, reached just in time to avert a labor action by the union.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California's largest state workers union will not go on strike today (Monday), as previously planned.  The union president canceled the strike late last week.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


The union representing tens of thousands of state employees says it has set a one-day strike for next month.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this report from Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

California's biggest state employees union has authorized its leadership to call a strike if negotiations with the Brown administration break down.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

SEIU Local 1000

Hundreds of health care workers were joined by local elected officials at a rally in Pomona to protest staffing, wages, and working conditions at Pomona Valley Hospital.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The state of California will launch a massive new retirement program that could cover nearly 7 million private-sector workers, under legislation singed by Governor Jerry Brown yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California farm workers could soon be eligible for overtime the way most laborers are:  if they work more than 8 hours in a day or more than 40 hours in a week.  That's a change recently passed by the California Legislature and awaiting action from Governor Jerry Brown.  But as Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports, the move might not add up to bigger paychecks.

The California Assembly yesterday (Thursday) passed a bill that would create a "state option" for workers whose employers don't offer retirement plans.  The California Report's Marisa Lagos has details.

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Widely-watched, heavily-lobbied legislation that would allow California farm workers to receive overtime pay more quickly did not come up for a vote yesterday (Thursday) as it was expected to.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that led to a renewed pledge from the Assembly Speaker that it will pass.

The California Senate has passed new rules to crack down on sexual harassment, violence, and low pay in the janitorial industry.  A bill passed yesterday (Thursday) would require companies providing janitorial services to register with the state and offer sexual harassment training.  The bill passed with bipartisan support, in spite of the protests of the protests of an Inland Empire legislator.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

A California appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that struck down the state's teacher tenure and dismissal laws as unconstitutional.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, it's a big win for teachers unions -- and a setback for supporters of overhauling public education.

California State University faculty will not strike this week.  The CSU and the California Faculty Association announced a tentative agreement that would include a 10-1/2 percent raise for instructors - and retiree cost savings for the university.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

"Employee of the Month," "Most Professional," and other such honors are common at many workplaces.  They might add a few warm and fuzzy feelings at work, but a new study finds they could actually be doing more harm than good.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem explains.

The California State University system and its faculty remain unable to agree on pay raises.  The latest step in the process is issuance of an opinion by an independent fact-finder.  It supports the faculty's call for a five percent raise and it clears the way for a strike, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Parents, grandparents and guardians could take time off work for school activities without losing any pay under a newly-introduced bill in the California Legislature.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, it's the latest effort to give employees more flexibility.

California labor unions are proceeding with caution, even though the death of U.S. supreme court Justice Antonin Scalia likely derails a court case against them.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.