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While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. Read more >>>

Friends of the Feathered

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

 These candidates and/or ballot measures which appear on the June, 2014 primary election ballot have been endorsed by the Tri-Counties Cental Labor Council. Read more >>>

Here are TCCLC's endorsements for the November 6th election.  Help vote for the candidates and measures that will protect California's working families! Read more >>>

Online Voter Registration Goes Live in California

Californians can now register to vote online.  If you aren't yet registered, go to https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/ to get started.

L.A. Times calls Proposition 32 "A fraud to end all frauds"

LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik didn't mince words when he described Prop. 32 in last Sunday's paper. He called it out for what it is: "a lie" and "a fraud to end all frauds."

"In this state, we've come to expect ballot initiatives sponsored by business interests to be, essentially, frauds. But it's hard to conceive how one could be more fraudulent than Proposition 32. If there was any doubt left that the initiative process has been totally corrupted by big business and the wealthy, this should put it to rest for all time."
Read the full article on latimes.com

VOTE: TUESDAY JUNE 5, 2012!
Tri-Counties Central Labor Council endorsements for the June 2012 Primary election:
Help elect the candidates who will fight for working families!

State Senate: District 19: Jason Hodge
U.S. Congress: District 24: Lois Capps, District 26: Julia Brownley

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Tri-Counties Central Labor Council irepresents 70,000 members in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in California.

The mission of the Labor Council is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

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