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Many weeks after Democrats swept the Georgia Senate runoff elections, the right-wing extremists’ January 6th assault on Congress saturated the news cycle.

Recent graduate Emily Conway ’21 has secured a full-time job as a research and policy associate with the North Bay Labor Council, a democratically elected body that represents the interests of over

Every two years, the State Democratic Party holds ADEM (Assembly District Election Meetings) where candidates file and run for these seats. 14 candidates are elected in each Assembly District to represent that district at the state level. There is an attempt to achieve gender balance (7 women and 7 men).

 The deadline to file as a candidate has passed as well as to register to vote in this election. In the past, these were in person elections but due to the pandemic, this election is being held by mail. Ballots are due February 3rd.

App-based Lyft, Uber, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates are sponsoring Proposition 22, spending a record-shattering $185 million to write their own rules.

The Press Democrat recommends a yes vote on Proposition 22, claiming that public interests are best served by preserving flexible hours, variable schedules and extra income earned by independent contractors in the “gig economy.”

The labor movement urges voters to reject Proposition 22.

A very important phonebank has been set up to call into Arizona for Mark Kelly who's running against Martha McSally for the seat originally held by John McCain. While we need Kelly in Arizona, his election just became even more urgent. 

A deepening COVID­-19 crisis­­­–now surging in most California agricultural counties–puts farmworkers in the pandemic’s crosshairs. Thousands of farm and packinghouse workers have contracted the virus in the agricultural counties of Imperial, Kern, Kings, Tulare, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Monterey, Ventura. Farmworkers in the North Bay are at risk too.

A Press Democrat editorial said there was an “unwanted side effect” in the emergency paid sick leave ordinance passed by the Santa Rosa City Council on July 7 (“An unwanted side effect of a needed benefit,” July 17). The editorial was referring to the part of the ordinance that would allow a worker to use paid sick leave to care for a loved one at full pay. This is what the City Council decided to make happen for our essential workers.

We are so proud of Vice Mayor Rachel Hundley for her letter of support of the the NUHW workers striking this week. Read the text below or click here for a pdf copy of what the Vice Mayor sent to to Tyler Hedden, CEO of Memorial Hospital.

These are the kinds of fearless leaders we need. Vice Mayor Hundley supports NUHW workers in no uncertain terms.

The North Bay Labor Council thanks you!!

Dear Mr. Hedden,

The United States is the only country among 22 wealthy nations that doesn’t guarantee universal paid sick days for its workforce. The global COVID-19 pandemic has ignited a long-overdue public dialogue about the issue. In March, Congress and the president approved temporary sick leave legislation, but it expires on Dec. 31. There is so much more to be done.

With Sonoma County poised for wider economic reopening this week, labor advocates are seeking greater protections for employees who have limited access to paid sick leave at some of the nation’s most well-known companies.