Posts Tagged ‘Labor’

Senate Bill 63 passes, guarantees small business workers unpaid leave

Senate Bill 63, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 12, will make about 2.8 million small business workers in the state qualified to take the unpaid leave to bond with their newborn, or with a child they have recently adopted or are fostering. They will have a guaranty of job security when they return. The new law will come into effect January 1, 2018.

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Liveblog of BART strike

Federal mediator George Cohen, left, announced Monday night that BART trains will run Tuesday. BART is now planning a Thursday midnight strike. Photo credit: Jennifer Chaussee

We’re following this morning’s snarled commute. Stay tuned to Oakland North for updates. [View the story “Liveblog of BART negotiations” on Storify] [View the story “Liveblog of BART negotiations” on Storify]

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Jobs scarce for released inmates, Oakland’s working poor

When James Smith was released on parole in 2007, the Department of Corrections gave him $200 and pointed him out the door—he had no support, nowhere to go, nothing but the clothes on his back. It had been years since he had been on the outside. In a matter of months, Smith was asking his parole officer whether he could be sent back to prison rather than finish parole. Without a job, life outside proved to be difficult—too uncertain. “I couldn’t find a job,” said the 45-year-old Oakland native. “It’s like being a pariah.”

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This year’s Labor Day picnic set amid tough times

Nearly ten percent of US workers were jobless this Labor Day. That’s a five percent increase in unemployment since December 2007, according to the Department of Labor. In the midst of global economic turmoil, the Alameda County Labor Council of the AFL-CIO held its annual barbeque at Shoreline Park in Oakland. Union officials, members and…

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