Announcing NBJwJ Special Event:
 

"California Labor History and Resistance in the Time of Trump"

A book talk by author and activist Fred Glass

Friday, December 8th, 6 - 7:30 pm
(Doors open at 5:30. Refreshments will be served.)

 

Author Fred Glass will speak on "California labor history and resistance in the time of Trump" on Friday evening, December 8th, at the Operating Engineers Building 6225 State Farm Drive Rohnert Park. The talk will focus on past efforts by working people to achieve economic and political justice in the Golden State and their lessons for today.

The talk is co-sponsored by the North Bay Labor Council, North Bay Jobs with Justice, and the City College of San Francisco Labor and Community Studies Department. Glass formerly was the Communications Director for the California Federation of Teachers' and is a labor studies instructor at City College of San Francisco. He previously wrote and directed Golden Lands, Working Hands, an award-winning ten-part video documentary history of the California labor movement aired on most PBS stations in California.

 The University of California Press published Glass’s book, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement in 2016. Presenting iconic events from before the Gold Rush through the Silicon Valley-fueled economic inequality of today, the book shows that what's best about California's unique and fascinating history has working people and organized labor at its center. 

 From Mission to Microchip poses a fundamental question: While other states face declining union enrollment rates, slashed revenues for public services, and the rollback of worker and immigrant rights, California unions are maintaining their numbers, legislators are protecting immigrants and voters are taxing the rich to pay for public services. What’s the difference?

 The book argues that California labor's embrace of immigrant worker rights today—in contrast to discriminatory practices of the past—has enlarged the progressive coalition in the state, and made possible a more forward looking politics and robust economy than elsewhere in the country.

 Click HERE to download a flyer for this event.

The event is free and open to the public but your RSVP is requested:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ca-labor-history-resistance-in-the-time-of-trump-tickets-40040869318

Books can be purchased and signed by the author at the event.

 
North Bay Jobs with Justice Supporters:
 
Clean Up and Recovery from the fires is now underway, but the need is still great. We continue to list here some resources for those who suffered losses from the fires, plus some ways to contribute for the continuing needs of the fires' victims.
 
NBJwJ is committed to ensuring that our community's recovery is a just and sustainable one for all workers affected by the fires, especially the many undocumented workers who will be unable to apply for resources. To that end, we joined with NBOP and the Graton Day Labor Center to establish UNDOCUFUND.ORG to raise funds for this vulnerable group of workers. Please consider giving generously to these funding sources:
 

 

WHERE TO DONATE OR APPLY FOR FUNDS


 1. Undocufund.org : In addition to partnering with the local labor councils, North Bay Jobs with Justice is partnering with the Graton Day Labor Center and the North Bay Organizing Project to start a fund with Grant Makers for Immigrants and Refugees to support undocumented children, families and community that have also lost either their homes or places of work. Undocumented families cannot apply for FEMA or unemployment, and our hope is to provide them with the ability to recover and rebuild with the rest of our community. Donate here online: UndocuFund.org or send a check to: UndocuFund c/o GCIR, P.O. Box 1100, Sebastopol, California 95473-1100

If you or someone you know could benefit from this fund, please go to Undocufund.org for information. Or contact: Omar Medina at omedina@undocufund.org

 

 2. The North Bay Labor Council is partnering with the Solano Labor Council to collect donations in their disaster relief fund. This fund will specifically help workers who lost their homes or their workplaces. Donate online here: http://nbclc.activistcentral.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=3

 Or if you’d rather donate by mail make a check out to: NBLC Member Disaster Relief Fund and please send it to: NBLC, 2525 Cleveland Ave. Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

If you are a union member and have been personally affected please let your union know or Maddy Hirshfield from the North Bay Labor Council at mhirshfield_nblc@att.net

 

NEED THINGS OR WANT TO GIVE THINGS or VOLUNTEER TIME 

If you need things, or if you have a home or other things to donate and offer please register it on these two websites. All donations will eventually be used in the aftermath and are still needed. Register what you have, look to see if a specific shelter is asking for something, and the Salvation Army is always taking clothes to later disperse.

 Also, if you are on Facebook the group Sonoma County Fire: Community Response is a great place to see up-to-date needs and pose specific questions, to hear about what restaurants are giving free meals, which childcare places are offering free childcare, etc.

 

LEGAL AID SUPPORT

Bay Area Legal Aid has a legal advice line for people affected by the fire. Services are free to those who qualify and interpreters are provided if needed. Please share this with anyone who might benefit.

The Disaster Relief Line is: 800-551-5554. The message callers will hear is as follows: "Thank you for calling Bay Area Legal Aid's Legal Advice Line. If you have been affected by the Northern California fires, please press 7 now."

Callers may get help in the following areas:

  1. Connect clients with local resources.
  2. Advise on emergency CalFresh and Medi-Cal.
  3. Advise and represent on medical debt incurred for out of network ER visits and other health coverage issues.
  4. Connect clients with statewide pro bono assistance.
  5. Advise on FEMA claims process.
  6. Housing resources.
 

SUNDAY SELF CARE DAY

Sunday, November 18th and December 17th the North Bay Jobs with Justice and the Graton Day Labor Center are helping to co-sponsor an event by the North Bay Organizing Project for a healing clinic. Between 12pm and 4pm come to the Roseland Vilage Center for a Community Food and Care Clinic with access to FREE massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, breath/stretch, yoga, de-tox foot soaks, grief counseling, art to our undocumented community, as well as loving community. Contact Davin Cárdenas at 707 318-2818 for more info or to volunteer to help give care. Roseland Village is located at 779 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 

 

NEXT STEPS TO REBUILD

Immigration Clinics

Many had to evacuate without a chance to grab important documents, and this impacts the undocumented community especially hard because it often times is the difference between having a home and an income or not. In the aftermath we will be partnering with the Immigration Lawyers Guild, VIDAS, and the Graton Day Labor Center to hold clinics for undocumented families to make a plan for how they can recover or regain documents needed to live.

 

Rapid Response

The Rapid Response Network was launched on Wednesday, November 8th by the North Bay Organizing Project and the large coalition of organizations across Sonoma and Napa that worked together to develop the program. Please follow us on facebook at North Bay Rapid Response Network where you can also find more information about trainings to become a legal observer in event of an ICE action. The 24-hr hotline number is: 707-800-4544

 

Affordable Housing & Price Gouging 

In the urgency for housing for all the families who have lost theirs we cannot lose sight of the need to have housing that’s accessible and affordable for our community. The rebuilding and recovering of a community after a natural disaster should have the voices of most affected and disenfranchised families and people at the forefront and we plan to work with groups already taking on housing like the North Bay Organizing Project to ensure we rebuild our community stronger so people can stay and afford their rents and homes and still have money to rebuild their lives. We believe one of the first most crucial steps our elected officials can take is to implement a rent freeze for the next year, particularly having already seen rampant price gouging from hotels, landlords and developers. If you or someone you know has witnessed goods/services increasing in the wake of these fires please go to the County of Sonoma's website to report this. Supervisor Hopkins has committed that anyone caught price gouging will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. 

 

We hope this information was helpful. We know there is so much more, and as more comes out we will have it available on our facebook page as well, North Bay Jobs with Justice.

Please stay safe. We are here with you now, busy every hour making sure our community has what it needs, and we’ll be here with you as we rebuild together.

North Bay Jobs with Justice

 


Close to Home: The best response to Trump: Pass SB54

By Mara Ventura
The Press Democrat

September 8, 2017

Sometime today, Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, is expected to make its way to the Assembly for a vote before, hopefully, landing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature. The stated purpose of SB 54, introduced and sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De León is to “protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations, separate families and ultimately hurt California’s economy.” In other words, SB 54 would build a wall between California law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement creating a “santuary state.”

One of the more pernicious elements of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement policies has been the targeting of undocumented individuals in public and civic spaces, such as schools, hospitals and courts. SB 54 would establish these places as safe zones. The negative impacts of immigration enforcement are well known: children kept out of school, families not seeking proper health care, putting all of us at risk, and unreported crime.
 

A study by the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois found that “70 percent of undocumented immigrants reported that they are less likely to contact law enforcement authorities if they were the victims of a crime.” This legislation would create clear and strong boundaries between our local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration enforcement and would further protect victims, largely women, who fear coming forward about crime due to fear of deportation or detention.

 

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Good Jobs and Zero Waste Now!

By Martin J. Bennett
Sonoma County Gazette
August 29, 2017

Sonoma County residents have an historic opportunity to address two of America’s most critical 21st century issues: one is soaring economic inequality and the explosion of low-wage jobs paying less than $15 an hour; the other is global warming and the imperative to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ending our reliance on fossil fuel.  California communities have addressed both crises with “good jobs and zero waste” policies.

 Two May 2017 events spotlight this opportunity for Sonoma County.  First, after a five-month organizing drive for waste management workers, 400 drivers and recycling and clerical workers employed by the Ratto Group--North Bay’s largest waste management company--voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters 665.  North Bay Jobs with Justice supported the drive, working closely with the Teamsters to build a broad coalition of labor, environmental, and community organizations.   

 Second, more than 100 business, environmental and labor organization representatives attended the first Zero Waste Symposium in the County, organized by Sustainable North Bay.  Participants discussed how wastes could be recycled, reused, and composted, to divert 90 percent or more from landfills and incinerators.

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Up with Trash!

By Leilani Clark
Made Local Magazine
September/October 2017

Teamsters, labor leaders, and environmentalists unite to demand local waste management companies make a commitment to living wage jobs, worker safety, and environmentally friendly practices.

Twenty-seven years ago—at   the urging of his brothers who had found jobs with a local waste management company— Patricio Estupiñan immigrated from his hometown in Central Mexico to Sonoma County. Within no time, he was hired to drive a garbage truck. When the company eventually sold to the Ratto Group, a subsidiary of North Bay Corporation, the county’s largest waste hauler with service to eight of nine cities, Estupiñan, now married with two children, was earning $24.70 an hour with benefits. 

After the sale, things deteriorated. First, Estupiñan’s hourly wage was cut by one dollar, a loss that he calculates cost him thousands of dollars a year. Then, he realized he was being paid more than the employees who were already with the Ratto Group, and they grumbled about rarely receiving raises. The two-tier wage system bothered him. Why should two people do the same amount of work and not receive similar pay? 

“Three or four drivers tried to do something about it and got fired,” he tells me over coffee on a Saturday afternoon in Roseland. “[The management] told people, ‘If you want a raise, there’s the door.’” 

 
Close to Home: A local good news story for Labor Day

By Ofelia Cardenas and Juanita Galipo
The Press Democrat
September 3, 2017

We work as a housekeeper and banquet server, respectively, at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek hotel in Santa Rosa. We are both mothers and Santa Rosa residents.

This Labor Day, we are celebrating a victory that will immediately benefit us and about 50 of our coworkers at the Hyatt, but which we hope will spread to hospitality workers throughout the North Bay.

 Last month, together with a majority of our coworkers, we chose to join a union, and management respected our choice. That may sound like an unremarkable series of events, but in fact it is extraordinary. Most of the time, when workers try to organize a union, they face vicious resistance from their employer. The path to unionization winds through a minefield of intimidation and retaliation, and many workers who set out down that path never make it, either because they get fired or because the entire organizing campaign is defeated.
 

Labor supporters mark holiday with union gains in Sonoma County

By Guy Kovner
The Press Democrat
September 2, 2017

A year ago, Patricio Estupiñan called the Teamsters, seeking help improving wages, equipment and job safety at the Sonoma County garbage company where he has worked for 25 years.

“We need to get respect. A better life, everything,” Estupiñan said Friday during a short break from driving a street sweeper in Cotati.

It led to a union organizing campaign at the Ratto Group, the county’s dominant trash hauler. In May, Estupiñan and his co-workers — about 400 drivers, mechanics, customer service reps and others — voted to join Teamsters Local 665.

The vote culminated more than 20 years of efforts by the Teamsters to unionize Sonoma County’s waste and recycling workers. It would be the first in a string of high-profile victories this summer by unions in Sonoma County, where an estimated 1 in 5 workers are represented by organized labor groups.

In June, the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees agreed to negotiate a deal that would set union rules and benefits for a planned large campus construction project, despite intense opposition from non-union construction interests.

Then, in August, more than 50 workers at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek hotel in Santa Rosa — housekeepers, servers, cooks, dishwashers and others — voted to join UNITE HERE Local 2850, a hospitality workers’ union.

“I’d say the union movement is alive and strong in Sonoma County and growing,” said Jack Buckhorn, executive director of the Santa Rosa-based North Bay Labor Council. “We’re going to fight for any worker who wants to have a higher standard of living.”

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