The California Nurses Association (CAN) is fighting the Terminator Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger is trying to do away raise limits on nurses’ patient loads, calling nurses (as well as teachers), “special interests.” In fact, it’s Schwarzenegger who serves the special interests of hospital and insurance companies--that want to keep profits up by employing fewer nurses than California law requires.
In a significant campaign victory, one hundred Ben Davis immigrant garment workers in San Francisco ratified their first contract with UNITE HERE, the garment workers' unon. This agreement provides a substantial average wage increase, reinstates generous vacation provisions, and decreases employees' share of health care premiums. The workers, all first generation immigrants from China and Mexico, voted unanimously for the contract.
AXT, a Fremont, CA semiconductor manufacturing firm laid off 500 workers, mostly Chinese immigrants in September, 2002. A profit-maximizing company, AXT had spent the past few years exposing these workers to arsenic levels 35 times above the legal limit, leaving many in various stages of cancer, and then decided to "out source its jobs."
Thanks to Gordon Mar and San Francisco Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) for the article.
On November 4th, 2003, low-wage workers and their allies celebrated a groundbreaking economic justice victory with the overwhelming passage of Proposition L by San Francisco voters. Prop L raised the minimum wage for all workers in San Francisco to $8.50 per hour, the highest rate in the nation. As a result:
On November 4th, voters in San Francisco will have the opportunity to give much-needed support to low-wage working families by passing Proposition L, the minimum wage ballot initiative. The Chinese Progressive association (CPA), in coalition with community and labor organizations across the city, is fighting to raise the minimum wage in San Francisco from the statewide $6.75 an hour to a local $8.50. In addition to phone banks running three times a week, CPA recently organized fifty garment workers and residents in a march through Chinatown.