Victory in Oakland: Army Base Construction Holds Promise of Jobs and New Skills for Residents

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

On February 9, 2012, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved a good jobs and community benefits framework that will guide the redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base project. The passage was a victory for Revive Oakland advocates who waged a year-long campaign for a comprehensive job creation policy that would ensure local-hire goals lifted the communities impacted by the redevelopment.

Partnership Convenes Funders, National Experts, Community Leaders

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

Moving trash from businesses, construction sites and residential homes is a big industry that impacts the environmental health of communities, treatment of workers and local economies. Exploring these interconnections to develop a comprehensive analysis of the opportunities to create change was the focus of a convening hosted by the Partnership in mid-March at the New York offices of the Rockefeller Foundation.

SAGE Celebrates Paid Sick Leave Victory

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

September 2012 will mark the first time an estimated 160,000 employees in Seattle will enjoy paid sick leave benefits. Only Washington, DC and San Francisco have similar laws protecting workers when they are sick. In September 2011, The Seattle City Council in an almost unanimous vote passed a policy mandating tiered Paid Sick Leave benefits.

LAANE: Court Revives L.A. law protecting grocery workers

July 19, 2011 -- Louisa Abada

From the Los Angeles Times:

Laws passed by California cities to protect labor when businesses change hands received a boost Monday from the California Supreme Court, which revived a Los Angeles ordinance aimed at protecting grocery workers.

The state high court ruled 6 to 1 that the 2005 city measure, which lower courts had rejected, did not usurp state or federal law or violate constitutional guarantees by requiring new grocery store owners to keep existing employees for months after taking over ownership.

Pittsburgh UNITED in the News: City Council Takes First Action on Cleaning Air in Over Sixty Years

July 13, 2011 -- Louisa Abada

Landmark legislation passed by Pittsburgh City Council ensures taxpayer supported development will have to drastically reduce diesel emissions. The bill requires a portion of the public subsidy be spent on diesel retrofits that can reduce the soot from heavy equipment by 85% or more.

Taking San Diego For a Ride, Again

June 21, 2011 -- Louisa Abada

Center on Policy Intiatives' Clare Crawford writes on the risks and uncertainties accompanying San Diego's contracting out of the Miramar Landfill. Contract negotiations remain ongoing as worries about proper oversight of the contract abound. These worries range from adequate oversight staffing resources to safety and environmental impacts in the change of operations continue. Turning over of Miramar Landfill to a private operator fails to protect the public interest.

Sage Takes Lead Role in Fight for Seattle Workers to have Paid Sick Days

June 17, 2011 -- Puget Sound Sage

In Seattle, roughly 190,000 employees – 4 in 10 workers – have no paid sick leave. That's 78% of restaurant workers, 55% of retail workers, and even 29% in health care who have to choose between going to work sick or staying home and losing pay or worse. Sage has taken a lead role as part of the Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce, a partnership between businesses, faith-based, labor, family, and community groups, in a campaign to help pass minimum standards for paid sick days.

CCNE Organizes for Tenants' Rights in New Haven

June 17, 2011 -- Partnership for Working Families

The Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE) has been helping tenants in New Haven organize for better living conditions. They were recently featured in this article in the New Haven Independent:

"In New Haven, CT Carbon monoxide from faulty furnaces drove Esther Martinez and Charleen Ortiz from their homes this winter. They have since returned home as leaders of a door-to-door organizing effort to give the 300 low-income families there a voice-and place to return to-when the Church Street South housing complex is rebuilt as a mixed-income development.

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