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Gerawan workers protest UFW as court date looms
A fresh twist has arisen in the drama surrounding Gerawan Farms' dispute with United Farm Workers. The long-running controversy, which pitted Gerawan and its workers against the UFW and California's Agricultural Labor Relations Board, has been developing fast. The primary action was that a le...
Unions win court round in battle with charter cities
Unions lost round one of their battle with California cities over "prevailing wages" on public works projects in 2012. That's when the California Supreme Court ruled against a law they'd gotten the Legislature to pass targeting charter cities for their refusal to mandate union-level pay on such proj...
Historic Vergara ruling finalized; state has weighty decision on appeal
A court decision that puts the interests of Latino and black students and parents on a collision course with those of the mostly white members of the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers has been finalized: The judge in Vergara vs. California today released his...
Gut and amend time
"Laws are like sausages. You should never see them made," is a variant on a saying by Otto von Bismarck. The old Prussian has been dead 116 years, but if he came back he certainly would recognize the California Legislature's "gut and amend" process, which even sounds like making sausages. Except the...
Update: Plastic bag ban passes Assembly
Update, 2:26 pm, Aug. 28: On a second vote, SB 270 just passed the Assembly. Despite strong momentum and an air of inevitability, California state legislators hit a major snag on Aug. 27 in their plans for a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. It was a  rebuke for SB270, intro...
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