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Unions bank on CA for new gains

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September 11, 2014 By James Poulos. Across the country, union membership has long been in fairly steep decline. After a series of recent reverses, including a failed attempt to pass national minimum wage legislation in Washington, D.C., union leaders shifted to a state-by-state, city-by-city approach to advancing their agenda. And though their support has not grown much stronger, they have gained enough traction in Calif...

Labor-backed bill may force union on farm workers

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September 10, 2014 By Dave Roberts. Democratic state legislators passed a bill that could result in thousands of Fresno farm workers paying dues to a union that they may not support and abiding by a labor contract that they might not want. Senate Bill 25, authored by outgoing Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, passed the Senate and Assembly along party lines. Yesterday it was enrolled and sent to ...

Wins and losses in latest CA gun control battles

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September 10, 2014 By James Poulos. Gun control laws in the state of California have entered into a period of flux. Despite a reputation for exceptionally strict gun measures, the regulatory landscape has become a mixed bag. Advocates of tighter restrictions and advocates of looser ones have won some key battles and lost others -- with the outcome of still other clashes undetermined. A new Second Amendment struggle L...

Sacramento unplugs Brown battery plan

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September 9, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   At its Sept. 4 meeting, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District deferred deploying batteries along its electric grid in compliance with Assembly Bill 2514 of 2010. The reason: energy storage was not economically feasible. (See p. 93 and p. 143 of the Board Agenda) The action was a reversal for Gov. Jerry Brown. While attorney general, he co-wrote AB2514 with Assemblywo...
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