Posts Tagged ‘afl-cio’

Uh Oh, Hate Mail: “Just Another Politician, the Facts About Ed Lee” – How Wude!

Friday, October 7th, 2011

It’s The Facts About Ed Lee.

Here’s the front of today’s mailer:

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And here’s the flip side:

OK then.

Supervisor Eric Mar Gets Booted from Littler Mendelson Law Firm – “Shame on Kloosterman!”

Friday, May 28th, 2010

San Francisco Supervisor for District One Eric Mar just  got the boot from the offices of Littler Mendelson (can guess their nickname*) at 650 California this morning. Why? Something to do with one of the firm’s lawyers attending the International Labor Organization’s 99th Annual Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

See it for yourself here at the IndyBay:

A Visit to America’s most notorious Anti-Labor Law Firm

It looked like this:

 

Shame on Kloosterman! Shame on Kloosterman!”

All the deets:

Police Remove Domestic Workers and Elected Officials from San Francisco Law Firm
Employer Representative Refuses to meet with Supervisors and Workers

On Thursday, over 35 housekeepers, nannies, caregivers and their allies,
including San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar, and representatives from the
offices of Supervisor David Campos and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, were
threatened with arrest if they did not leave the offices of Littler
Mendelson, a notoriously anti-union law firm, in downtown San Francisco.
Domestic workers sought to bring attention to their plight in the run up to
the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) annual conference, which will
be held in Geneva from June 2 – 18.  The Supervisors sought to deliver a
copy of a resolution that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
unanimously passed on Tuesday, calling for an end to domestic worker
exploitation and urging John Kloosterman, an attorney at the firm who will
represent U.S. employers of domestic workers at the International Labour
Conference, to support a strong ILO Convention on domestic work.  Mr.
Kloosterman refused to appear, and instead the law firm called the police.
A video of the encounter with Mr. Kloosterman is available here:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/05/28/18649080.php
Hillary Ronen, aide to Supervisor David Campos, said “This is a disgrace.
Kloosterman is calling the police on elected city officials when all we are
asking is for 5 minutes of his time. This man is supposedly representing US
employers of domestic workers at the ILO, and yet he is refusing to even
face a room full of domestic workers who have come to his office.”
Domestic workers called on Kloosterman to work with workers to pass a
strong convention to end the abuse in their industry.  For the first time
ever the ILO will discuss decent work for domestic workers as part of the
conference. Juana Flores, a former domestic worker who is now Director of a
Bay Area immigrant women’s center Mujeres Unidas y Activas and the Caring
Hands Worker Association, will represent U.S. based workers in Geneva.  “We
have been working tirelessly with sister organizations from around the
world, the AFL-CIO, and the U.S. Department of Labor to pass a strong
convention which will help end the abuses these workers face, and I’m
saddened that Mr. Kloosterman seems uninterested in discussing these issues
with us” she said.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to
end the exploitation and harassment of domestic workers on Tuesday, and the
Board sent letters to Mr. Kloosterman asking him to support the
recommendations of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.  Supervisor Eric
Mar, who authored the resolution and who requested to deliver the
resolution to Mr. Kloosterman personally, said, “Domestic workers help to
ensure the health and prosperity of families by freeing others to
participate in the workforce.  But domestic workers usually work alone,
behind closed doors and out of the public eye, leaving them isolated and
vulnerable to exploitation. I had really hoped to convey this message
personally to the representative of domestic worker employers at this
historic ILO Conference.”
“Equality is at the heart of our American values but we are long overdue in
treating domestic workers as equals.  They are the mothers and daughters
that provide vital assistance to our families, to our seniors and who take
care of our children, yet they lack the basic protections under the law
that many of us take for granted,” said California Assembly member Tom
Ammiano, who is coauthoring a resolution in the state legislature on their
behalf.
The delegation of domestic workers leaving for Geneva tomorrow are
undaunted by the hostility of the law firm and the encounter with the
police. They hope to win the basic recognition that domestic work is work
just like any other, and should be protected as such.  They will demand the
same labor protections that other workers already enjoy under international
labor law or are able to gain through collective bargaining, a process that
is not always feasible for domestic workers.  These include basic rights
such as the right to rest breaks, sick time, health and safety protections
and wage and hour regulations.

*”Hitler Mendelson,” natch.

San Francisco’s Sam Singer vs. the President of the AFL-CIO

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Boy oh boy, when you hire PR flack Sam Singer to represent you, as many others have done, he won’t just hide in some office, oh no. What he’ll do is go out in the field and meet your nemesis head on. As here, during yesterday’s big labor rally / march / sit-in in and around Union Square.

With hundreds of unionists assembling behind him on Market Street, Sam sang to the media, complete with Frank Chu watching on.

Sam Singer complaining to KTVU 2 about how Local 2′s Mike Casey left the negotiating table:

AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka on the right, with local labor leaders addressing a huge crowd at 750 Market:

Fire fighters union president John Hanley:

Handshakes are out, terrorist fist jabs are in:

About 800 marched (or 1400+ or 1500 if you’re a partisan with rose-colored glasses) up to the nearby Hilton Hotel, where 100+ got arrested.

On It Goes…

UPDATE: Dan Nguyen-Tan has video of the march right here.

See How Much Every Last Bay Area Government Worker Makes, Courtesy of the CoCo Times

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Oh, it’s on. The Contra Costa Times went and done it. They went and  asked every bay area governmental agency they could think of (from “A” for AC Transit to “W” for the City of Woodside), “Hey, how much do all your employees make?” So now, tout le monde, can see how much you (a city, county or other regional government employee) makes in salary by clicking here.

The search screen looks a little like this:

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What’s that, you work for the state?  Well then the Sacramento Bee has you covered right here.

Is all this disclosure legal? Hells yes! Why? Because International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21, AFL-CIO v. Superior Court of Alameda County was a 7-0 vote in the California State Supreme Court. Does that mean that you can look up the Supreme Court Justices’ salaries? Yes. Ha! (But they don’t care if you know, srsly.)  

Did some “public health care district” hospital administrator in the East Bay pull down over $800,000 in a year? Yes.

Why? Why not? And, since women only make 59 cents for every dollar men make, shouldn’t her take have been adjusted up 69% to $1,486,000 per year or something? Why not? After all, her job is described as “difficult.”

And her assistants only get paid “from $372,555 to $407,065.”

That’s all.

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See some of the cities covered, after the jump.

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