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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

Last night’s election was a good night for working families. Nationally, we did pretty well. A Democrat ousted the Republican Governor who was a Trump favorite. And in Virginia, Democrats took control of the both Houses of the State Legislature for the first time in over 25 years. This bodes well for the 2020 elections. Especially in Kentucky where Amy McGrath is challenging the turtle, Mitch McConnell. These are exciting times with still a lot of work yet to be done.

October 26, 2019

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UNDOCUFUND FOR FIRE RELIEF ACTIVATED TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF KINCAID FIRES

The UndocuFund for Fire Relief in Sonoma County is currently raising funds to assist the victims of the Kincade Fire, which has grown to over 25,000 acres.

Santa Rosa Junior College’s decision to apply a union-backed construction management plan to a $78 million science and technology building has revived complaints from contractors’ groups that say the pacts curb competition and raise costs for taxpayers.

College officials and labor leaders rebutted the criticism, saying the pact passed an intentional test in the ongoing renovation of venerable Burbank Auditorium, despite cost increases and delayed completion of the $31.8 million project.

The contribution of Sonoma County’s farmworkers to creating wine country wealth is rarely acknowledged. Now that the grape harvest is over it is most appropriate to consider the wages and working conditions of vineyard workers. 

The North Bay Labor Council sent questionnaires to candidates running in the 3 city council races in Marin County, occurring November 5th, 2019. Larkspur technically has an election this November as well, however there were only 2 candidates for 2 seats.

Out of 14 candidates, 11 chose to participate in our endorsement process and 7 were chosen for endorsement.

Upon receiving and reviewing their questionnaires, interviews were scheduled and conducted by the NBLC interview committee. Recommendations were made and later ratified by the Council Executive Committee and delegates.

Santa Rosa businesses will have to raise workers’ hourly pay to at least $15 more than a year ahead of the state’s minimum wage schedule, a milestone heralded by workers’ groups as a step toward more livable paychecks that left some local businesses concerned about their own viability.

In an impassioned, high-turnout meeting, the Novato City Council approved a proposal this week to fast-track the state minimum wage hike within city limits.

Business owners, labor representatives and residents made their case for and against the proposal for nearly three hours on Tuesday. The council ultimately voted 3-1 — with Mayor Pro Tem Denise Athas dissenting — to advance the wage hike.

Santa Rosa is poised to speed up increases to the local minimum wage, joining a statewide push to bolster pay for low- income workers that’s prompted some small businesses to ask for the city’s help to offset higher payroll costs.

An ordinance set to go before the City Council on Oct. 1 would put Santa Rosa in the company of more than two dozen California cities who have decided to move faster than the state’s mandate to raise minimum wages for workers to $15 by 2023.