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California’s largest public employee union strikes deal with Gov. Brown

  Gov. Jerry Brown came to an agreement with SEIU 1000, resolving a crisis over negotiations with the public employee union, California’s biggest. The bargain struck came relatively close to Brown’s initial offer, sharpening the ongoing debate over how best to budget for

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SEIU targeting hospitals with ballot measure again

The state branch of the Service Employees International Union is launching another bid to use direct democracy to win leverage in its negotiations with California’s hospitals to improve health care access for poor people and to make union organizing easier.

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Key divides vex CA Democrats

As the dominant political party of California, Democrats have begun to fall victim to one of the more humbling rules of power: When your team has few tough battles to fight, it often turns on itself. From politics to economics and

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CA Assembly passes fast food franchise regs

As changing consumer tastes roil the fast food industry, the California Assembly passed a so-called “Franchise Bill of Rights” designed to transform the way franchisors like McDonald’s do business. Assembly Bill 525, introduced by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, would make

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Hospital sale hobbles Harris

Pressured by labor unions and their political allies, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has made her first big political gamble as a candidate to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2016. Urged to intervene in a hot-blooded dispute over the fate of six

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Wage laws killing CA jobs

  On the day before Christmas, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its weekly report on new unemployment claims. While 45 states reported declines, California was one of five states to report an increase. California claims rose by 11,794. To

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High court ruling a blow to California SEIU

In a fresh demonstration that the Roberts court is incrementalist and not the wild-eyed bunch that some on the left assert, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of an appeal that argued that in-home care workers in Illinois

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Lawsuit threatens teachers unions’ power

“Money is the mother’s milk of politics”           — Former Assembly Speaker Jesse ‘Big Daddy’ Unruh The California Teachers Association has poured more than $150 million into state politics in the past decade – most of

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CA SEIU poised to break new ground on political thuggery

The California SEIU’s thuggishness is a matter of record. SEIU leaders think nothing of openly discussing their plans to monkey-wrench a pension reform measure in Los Angeles. Or about bullying and lying to their own members. The California SEIU’s upper

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Gov. Brown signs drivers license bill for undocumented immigrants

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday which gives million of undocumented immigrants the right to drive in California. AB 60 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, will grant drivers licenses to everyone who can pass the tests required by the Department of Motor

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