Living Wage Ordinance not enforced

Unfortunately, the LWO and the labor laws that govern the treatment of hourly workers affect the people who can least afford legal counsel or the time and effort it takes to follow through on a complaint of this type. As Taylor herself noted, although she sorely needs the money to which she is probably entitled, she lacks the time and knowledge necessary to secure it. The result is a general squeezing of the permanent underclass in Berkeley. It does no good to raise minimum wage or to require a living wage if the city itself takes every opportunity to deny payment to the most vulnerable class of workers in this city.
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Build for Telegraph’s sake

Telegraph Avenue is historic, colorful and homely. The city of Berkeley has mounted several efforts to clean it, light it and attract business to it. No small effort with balloons tied to it is going to be enough to improve the image of a street that is still dotted with burned-out buildings and darkened storefronts. The initial period of construction will be noisy and ugly, but these are only the growing pains of improvement. For this trouble, local businesses can expect improved foot traffic and better curb appeal in the neighborhood.
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Minimum wage, maximum challenge

The record shows that the better route for working people and their allies is the initiative. Minimum wage activists won an annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, in 11 states. Significantly, only in Vermont was a COLA achieved by a legislative body. The other 10 were won via the initiative. The reason is that legislators tend to be more conservative than the voters who elected them. It is not surprising because the business community generally finances electoral campaigns, and furthermore, once in office, the pressure to cater to business interests is enormous. That is the case even at the local level, including the City of Berkeley.
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UC graduate students and service workers strike

Service workers, patient care workers, and graduate students throughout the UC system went on a 24-hour strike. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 called for the protest in response to alleged intimidation tactics used by the UC to prevent workers from participating in a May
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Pushing back for patient care

Union president explains recent UC patient care worker strike

This week, UC administrators have pushed an estimated 13,000 UC medical center patient-care workers, members of AFSCME 3299, into a two-day strike. It’s important to be clear on what this is all about: patient care. Taxpayers help fund UC hospitals — facilities that bank hundreds of millions in profits each
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