labor issues

Labor Leaders Endorse Possible Grocery Strike

Jul 2, 2019

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Leaders of labor unions representing roughly 800,000 workers in Los Angeles County recommended today that the Los Angeles Federation of Labor officially sanction a potential strike at grocery stores across Southern California, including Riverside County.
   The sanction, if approved federation's executive board, would mean that workers represented by 300 labor unions would honor picket lines and refuse to shop at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons stores.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Union leaders plan to announce today (Monday) whether
grocery workers in the Inland Empire and the rest of Southern California will go
on strike against Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions.
   Raising the threat of the first Southland grocery strike in nearly 16
years, the workers on Wednesday overwhelmingly authorized their union's plan to
call for a work stoppage unless a contract agreement can be reached.
   ``Southern California grocery workers voted in large numbers, and

After unionized grocery workers in the Inland Empire and throughout Southern California authorized union leadership to call a strike if negotions with grocery management fail, the California Report sent us this story Thursday morning from reporter Larry Buhl.

One of the biggest battles in the California Legislature this year is about when employers can classify workers as independent contractors. A union-backed bill would place into law the limits set last year by the state Supreme Court.

Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler says a coalition of business groups including the California Chamber of Commerce is offering to support the legislation — but only if it gets some pretty big exemptions…

County of Riverside

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors yesterday (Tuesday) approved a two-year collective bargaining agreement with one of the largest labor unions representing Riverside County workers, gaining concessions that will net savings, but not enough to prevent ``many people'' from being laid off when the next recession hits, one supervisor warned.
   The previous four-year collective bargaining agreement with Laborers International Union of North America Local 777 ended in the fall of 2016, and
since August 2017, the 7,200-member bargaining unit, which represents building

The Board of Supervisors today (Tuesday) will consider whether
to impose a less expensive contract on one of the largest labor unions
representing Riverside County government workers, or accept a costlier
compromise agreement that would settle the matter for the next two years.
   The previous four-year collective bargaining agreement with Laborers
International Union of North America Local 777 ended in the fall of 2016, and
since August 2017, the 7,200-member bargaining unit, which represents building

Nearly 40,000 University of California workers plan to walk off the job today at campuses and medical centers around the state.  KQED's Peter Jon Shuler reports.

In San Bernardino County, an organization called the Freedom Foundation is alleging that the local Teamsters Union is obstructing their efforts to inform union members of their right to opt out of their union.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Last year, the Supreme Court issued a decision called Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees which ruled that workers in public sector unions can opt out of paying union dues.

New mothers producing breast milk when they return to work sometimes struggle to find safe, clean places to pump.  But that could get easier starting next month.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola continues our series on new California laws taking effect in 2019.

MInimum Wages In California Will Increase On Jan.1

Dec 19, 2018

There are two minimum wages in California and both will increase January 1.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports as part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2019.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors yesterday (Tuesday) narrowly voted to impose a labor contract on union employees, in spite of opposition from union officials.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Mental health professionals at Kaiser Permanente began a 5-day strike yesterday (Monday), calling for more staffing and shorter wait times.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Outside the Kaiser building in Fontana, mental health professionals are chanting and holding signs that say “Kaiser, Don’t Deny My Patients Mental Health Care.”

It’s the first day of a five-day long strike. Over 4,000 mental health workers across California are demanding Kaiser increase their staffing to provide shorter wait times for clients.

The Riverside County Board Of Supervisors is expected to vote today (Tuesday) on whether to unilaterally impose a contract on one of its employee unions.  More form KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Thousands of patient-care workers employed in the Univesity of California's health care system are walking off the job in a three-day strike that begins today.   More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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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.


Screenshot from KTLA 5 TV, Los Angeles

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.