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MrBillT

No city official wants to wake up to a big headline in the paper about rates for trash and recycling soaring sixty percent. But although Santa Rosa's trash and recycling rates are going up, people may be more willing to pay the higher fees if it brings better, more earth-friendly service, which is also more respectful and fair to workers.

County Adopts Union Contracts

Mar 15, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  After county workers voted to ratify new contracts last week, it was up to the Board of Supervisors to affirm the agreements at their weekly meeting Tuesday. Which they did. 

Supervisor James Gore joined in the Supervisors’ sympathetic response to the home health workers’ declaration they would continue to press for a $15 per hour minimum wage, playfully offering to help them take their case to the state Capitol.

Strike Vote Next Week for SSU Faculty

Oct 14, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

The California State University system got a 10% boost in its budget this year—a $ 269 million increase—so the faculty statewide are pushing hard for a 5% salary increase. The administration has drawn a line at 2%, leaving the two sides at impasse, and a strike vote set for next week.

SSU professor Andy Merrifield, a member of the CFA’s statewide bargaining team, has been down this road before. But this time he says, the stakes are higher—and he believes the level of public support for the faculty is, too.

Musical Play Memorializes Labor Icon

Jun 10, 2015

  Long-ago labor organizer Joe Hill used music to make his point. Now his music is central to a biographical play about Hill's life, which returns to Sonoma County this weekend, with singer-songwriter John McCutcheon in the title role.

  In his biography of Joe Hill, The Man Who Never Died, author William Adler theorizes that Hill foresaw that his death might help to spread his pro-labor message, and ensure his legacy. It's an interesting speculation, says McCutcheon.

'The Right to Stay Home'

Feb 19, 2015

One little-publicized aspect of the immigration reform issue is the role that American laws and policies play in driving impoverished Latinos to leave their homes. The 10 year old North American Free Trade Agreement is a case in point.

  The downside of NAFTA is abundantly clear now, contends writer David Bacon, while the benefits that proponents of the policy predicted  have not lived up to those expectations.