Faith and community groups rallying for short haul truckers

As many as 30 or 40 percent of the short-haul truckers who normally move containers from docks to railcar terminals at the Port of Seattle have stopped working.  The work stoppage comes after one of the drivers was retaliated against for attending a hearing in Olympia last week on a proposal to improve their working conditions. They’re independent contractors, who are predominantly immigrants, and say the conditions they’re forced to contend with make the job unsafe.   Community groups are now rallying in their support.

Wal-Mart Battle Takes a Turn

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Wal-Mart's effort to open a 33,000-square-foot grocery store on Cesar Chavez Avenue near Chinatown has hit a speed bump, with a City Councilman surprising many with a recent introduction of a retail-related motion.

Although the motion authored March 16 by First District Councilman Ed Reyes does not specifically mention Wal-Mart or any retailer, local observers and even Wal-Mart representatives say it could impact the Bentonville-Ark.-based company's plan to open its first outpost in Downtown Los Angeles. Reyes denied that the motion, which is scheduled to go before the full City Council for a vote on Friday, March 23, is intended to target the proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.

LAANE: New Executive Outlines Key Challenge

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

Los Angeles for a New Economy (LAANE) announced the appointment of Roxana Tynan as the new executive director, succeeding founder Madeline Janis, who moves into a newly created role as the organization’s first National Policy Director.  The Partnership welcomed the leadership transitions and new role for Tynan, who has been instrumental in the expansion of LAANE’s work and impact over the past decade.  

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Midwest

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

Now in its fifth year, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference will hold regional conferences throughout the country in 2012. The Partnership is proud to sponsor the gatherings and supports our partners from Boston, Los Angles, San Jose, Philadelphia and Atlanta who are participating or have organized sessions at the regional events.

Beyond the Beltway

March 30, 2012 -- Leslie Moody

Waging campaigns across the country on behalf of working families, we are keenly aware that connecting national outrage with broad-based local movements is the key to change. Already in 2012 we have seen major victories where civic leaders are standing up and changing the way our cities do business.

New Haven: Call for Inclusive Prosperity

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

In recent years, New Haven has experienced a “renaissance” fueled by billions in public and private investment, aimed at attracting new affluent people and businesses, yielding high-end downtown development and the expansion of the education, research and medical sectors. This growth generates wealth for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and defense industries. However, not enough of that wealth stays in New Haven, where neighborhoods have not recovered from the thirty-year exodus of manufacturing jobs.

New York: ALIGN Challenges Walmart Expansion

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

It’s hard to imagine or believe that in a region like New York City having access to quality food is challenging. However, millions of New Yorkers live in “food deserts,” neighborhoods in which the absence of full-service supermarkets denies residents access both to affordable healthy food and to quality jobs with decent wages and benefits.

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