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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

As it does every election cycle, the North Bay Labor Council took positions on races that will be on our ballots in the March Primary. Hard to believe, the Primary is less than two short months away. And absentee ballots – the way most people are voting these days – will start landing in mailboxes in about a week.

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Recently, United States life expectancy has stagnated or declined for the poor and working class and risen for the middle and upper classes. Declining labor‐union density—the percent of workers who are unionized—has precipitated burgeoning income inequity. We examined whether it has also exacerbated racial and educational mortality inequities.

It may not be news to those in the business, but new numbers back up what IBEW and other union construction members already know: there’s safety in a union.

After some grueling negotiations, the Mendocino County In-Home Support Service (IHSS) Bargaining Team won the opportunity to ratify a contract that will continue to raise their wages and keep the wage at least $1 above minimum wage. Among other benefits, the new contract will also create a $5,000 training fund in order to develop and run trainings on a variety of IHSS-related topics. The tentative agreement is for a contract lasting through Dec. 31, 2022, at which time negotiations will begin again.

A Santa Rosa tow truck driver died along Highway 101 in southern Mendocino County late last week while attempting to load a broken‑down pickup, when something went wrong and the pickup rolled over him, according to authorities Monday.

The Mendocino County Coroner’s Office Monday identified the man as Jose de Jesus Hernandez Barajas, 47.

Barajas was found deceased by Hopland and Cloverdale firefighters, called to Friday’s 6:40 p.m. incident in a large turnout near Comminsky Station Road.

Leaders of a west Sonoma County teachers union reached a tentative agreement with the district Friday, ending a three-day strike that disrupted classes for more than 1,000 students.

About 110 teachers and staff in the West Sonoma County Teachers Association have been on the picket lines in Sebastopol and Forestville since Wednesday. Friday’s meeting was the first round of bargaining since efforts to avert a strike at a four-hour meeting Tuesday fell short.

The first bell rang at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, but dozens of Analy High School teachers and staff were outside on the picket line, circling a Main Street crosswalk with signs as they chanted for fair pay on the first day of a teachers strike.

More than 100 west Sonoma County high school teachers and staff plan to go on strike this week after about a year of negotiations have failed to result in a new contract, leaving the district and its educators far apart on future pay and other terms.

The West Sonoma County Teachers Association, representing 110 teachers and staff at Analy, El Molino and Laguna high schools and a special education consortium, will begin their strike Wednesday morning, said Lily Smedshammer, president of the association.