Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Workers Have Rights - Imagine That

December 31, 2019

Meyerson on TAP



Workers Have Rights? Uber and the Chamber Go to Court to Stop Such Nonsense. As the old year ends, the old order is striking back. Today in California, big business is in court seeking to overturn two landmark pieces of pro-worker, pro-freedom legislation that the bluest state’s legislators and governor enacted this year, and that are scheduled to go into effect tomorrow.

Today, Uber and Postmates filed a suit to overturn AB 5, the new law requiring companies that misclassify their workers as independent contractors when they’re actually employees to treat them as employees—and, as such, covered by minimum-wage laws, state-mandated benefits, workers’ comp, the works. And yesterday, a federal judge stayed AB 51—another law set to take effect tomorrow, this one banning employers from requiring new hires, as a condition of their employment, to waive their right to sue for grievances and to submit instead to forced arbitration. District Judge Kimberly Mueller, responding to a suit from both the U.S. and California Chambers of Commerce, along with other business groups, set January 10 for a hearing to determine whether to make that stay permanent (though, of course, appealable). According to a 2018 report from the Economic Policy Institute, two-thirds of California workplaces have such clauses in their employment contracts.

With the federal bench overflowing with reflexively anti-worker Bush and Trump appointees, the fate of progressive state legislation is inherently in doubt. All the more reason why Democrats need to win the White House and Senate next November, and put more judges on that bench who don’t believe it’s legal to treat workers as serfs. ~ HAROLD MEYERSON




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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Rallies- Nation Wide to Demand Impeachment- Today

Rallies Nationwide To Demand Impeachment

‘To Protect Our Democracy,’ Tuesday night rallies planned in all 50 states to demand Congress votes to impeach Trump. Common Dreams: “At more than 500 rallies planned for Tuesday evening, hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to call on the U.S. House to vote to impeach President Donald Trump. The rallies will take place at congressional offices and other public spaces, the night before the House is expected to vote on two articles of impeachment accusing Trump of abusing his power when he pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and obstructing Congress by stonewalling its investigation. ‘The facts are uncontested,” organizers said Saturday. ‘An extensive investigation turned up phone records, transcripts, and first hand witness testimony that prove Trump demanded Ukraine interfere in the 2020 election on his behalf before he’d give them critical military aid or a White House meeting.’ ‘Americans from California to West Virginia are ready to hold their representatives accountable and declare that no one—not even the president—is above the law,’ they added. At least 612 events were planned for 5:30pm local time on Tuesday, with people in every state in the nation planning to rally.”

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Choosing Democracy: Bretón has it wrong- Again

Choosing Democracy: Bretón has it wrong- Again: Bee opinion columnist Bretón has a harsh column about the SCUSD budget crisis. https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/article238321423.html Part...

Friday, December 13, 2019

Monday, December 2, 2019

Pozole Fund Raiser _ Dec. 7.


Trump Denies Climate Crisis

World Nears ‘Point Of No Return’ On Climate Change

U.N. chief warns “point of no return” cn Climate change “is in sight.” Slate: “U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres isn’t mincing words when it comes to issuing a dire warning about the global climate crisis, saying that the effort to stop climate change has been “utterly inadequate.” Speaking on the eve of a two-week international climate conference in Madrid, Guterres warned that the effects of climate change were already being felt. “The point of no return is no longer over the horizon,” Guterres said. ‘It is in sight and hurtling toward us.’ Although there is enough expertise and knowledge to limit global warming, ‘what is lacking is political will,’ Guterres said. In order to combat the crisis, ‘Our war against nature must stop,’ he added. And that involves changing the old ways of doing things. ‘We simply have to stop digging and drilling and take advantage of the vast possibilities offered by renewable energy and nature-based solutions,’ he said. Delegates from around the world will be meeting in Madrid until Dec. 13 to try to agree on rules for implementing the 2015 Paris climate accord. So far the cuts in emissions that have been agreed to are not enough to meet the goal of limiting temperature rises to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius (2.7-3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. Even though some 70 countries have agreed to stop emitting greenhouse gases by 2050, there is a lack of commitment form some of the biggest offenders. ‘We also see clearly that the world’s largest emitters are not pulling their weight. And without them, our goal is unreachable,’ he said.”