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We have emergency legislation

Posted on 09 September 2013 by admin

AB 1376 Emergency

On September 6, Voters Injured At Work succeeded in an effort to secure emergency legislation for interpreters and injured workers in the state. The bill, AB 1376, responds to a state rule put in place in August. Continue Reading

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ALERT: Bay Bridge Closing August 28 – September 3

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

The bridge is closing in order to take the original East Span out of service and open the new East span to traffic.

Numerous alternatives for getting around the San Francisco Bay Area are available to residents and visitors while the bridge is closed. Please expect delays and allow extra time for public transit travel and the use of other bridges, including the Golden Gate, Richmond-San Rafael, San Mateo-Hayward and Dumbarton Bridges.

http://sd11.senate.ca.gov

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VIAW Newswire 08.28.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Third Annual Fundraiser to Fight Hunger in California announced by Non-Profit Food Finders Inc.
For the third year in a row, Food Finders is betting that its Viva Las Vegas Casino Night will be another fundraising success, sure to offer something for everyone. Continue Reading

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Don’t Let Our Right Get Lost in Translation

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Don’t Let A Constitutional Right for All California Workers Get Lost in Translation

The right of “all workers” in California to access a system “to cure and relieve” us of injuries sustained on the job is spelled out in our state constitution. Continue Reading

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VIAW Newswire 08.27.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for Aug. 9, 2013 including to California Department of Toxic Substances Control
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following Continue Reading

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VIAW Newswire 08.23.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center named a 2013 ‘Best Place to Work’ in California
PETAULUMA, Calif. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS: Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and Continue Reading

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VIAW Newswire 08.21.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

California discourages needy from signing up for food stamps
The state’s participation rate is the lowest in the U.S. — only about half of those qualified get the aid — making it the envy of more-conservative states.
http://www.latimes.com

Warehouse Workers Win 60 Percent Raise Plus Benefits
“I haven’t received my first paycheck just yet, but it will be about double,” said Reynaldo Ríos Ibañez, who has worked at the warehouse since October 2011. “It means it will be easier to take care of my family. Before I could not buy one single extra thing.”
http://www.warehouseworkersunited.org

Housing chief allegedly blasts workers’ comp, then files for it
The tale of Henry Alvarez’s departure from the imploding San Francisco Housing Authority has taken yet another twist, this one laced with irony.
http://blog.sfgate.com

Unions Join MLK 50th Anniversary Rally, Renew Call for ‘Jobs and Freedom’
Unions are strongly backing a march in Washington, D.C., next week to mark the 50thanniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. Participating unions are heralding King’s strong ties to labor, and many are using the opportunity to renew the original march’s call for jobs and freedom.
http://inthesetimes.com

They’re Baaaack! Californians Beware – The Legislature is Back in Session!
A quote attributed to Mark Twain says, “No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” With California’s legislature reconvening this month to complete unfinished business, I wonder what Twain would say about the flurry of bills that lawmakers have sent and may send to Governor Brown.
http://arc.asm.ca.gov

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VIAW Newswire 08.22.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Why I’m standing up to Wal-Mart
For six years, I worked for the company. But when I decided to strike, they fired me. Now I’m firing back
http://www.salon.com

Did Forever 21 cut worker hours to save on health care?
That’s what you’re hearing on the Internet after the L.A.-based fashion retailer said in a memo that it would reduce hours for some of its employees to a maximum of 29.5 per week. Under the new Affordable Care Act, 30 hours is the magic number for workers to be considered full time – and businesses with 50 or more full-time employees must provide health care coverage.
http://www.laobserved.com

What Does That Stand For? Commonly Used Acronyms in Workers’ Compensation Cases
Every profession has certain turns of phrase or acronyms they use on a daily basis that, to the layperson, mean very little and may only serve to add confusion to an already difficult issue. The legal profession and the representation of injured workers is no different. Injured workers often find themselves traveling down a confusing road armed only with directions written in an unfamiliar or foreign-sounding language. The experienced attorneys at our firm navigate clients down this road on a daily basis
http://iowaworkcomplaw.com

Southern Cal Edison Says Power Poles Are Overloaded
Southern California Edison says nearly a quarter of the utility poles checked in a recent study were overloaded and didn’t meet safety requirements.
http://www.claimsjournal.com

Hospitals Tap Social Media To Seek Feedback From Patients, Families
Hospitals increasingly are turning to Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites to recruit patients and families as advisers on health care improvements, the Wall Street Journal reports.
http://www.ihealthbeat.org

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VIAW Newswire 08.16.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Wal-Mart signs corporate-wide settlement with US Labor Department
Agreement resolves OSHA citations at Rochester, N.Y., store following 2011 inspections
WASHINGTON —Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to improve safety and health conditions in all 2,857 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores under federal jurisdiction. The settlement, which resolves two enforcement cases that began in 2011, includes provisions for the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer to enhance safety and health practices and training related to trash compactors, cleaning chemicals and hazard communications corporate-wide.
http://www.dol.gov

Wage gap between CEOs, workers shows costly disregard
U.S. workers are apparently tired of being the last ones considered when wealth is being made in America. So, across the country, people have been demonstrating for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
While the average CEO pay has climbed to over 300 times the average worker’s, those making the legal minimum of $7.25 an hour are barely squeaking by on $15,000 a year. And they’ve gone without a legally required raise for four years.
http://www.thereporteronline.com

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infections in Health Care Workers
A majority of the 94 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection that have been reported to date have occurred in Saudi Arabia. Patients with this infection have presented with serious respiratory disease and have required hospitalization.1,2 However, there have been case reports of less severe disease within family3,4 and hospital2 clusters, and the clinical spectrum of MERS-CoV infections may extend to asymptomatic and subclinical cases. Therefore, the epidemiologic and clinical characteristics of this infection need further definition. The patterns of the spread of MERs-CoV among family3,4 or hospital2 clusters suggest that transmission occurs through droplets or contact. We previously reported two cases of MERS-CoV infection in health care workers,2 one of which was fatal.
http://www.nejm.org

Costa Mesa City Hall proposes deep cuts in workers’ pay, benefits
The city of Costa Mesa opened contract negotiations with its largest employee association this week by proposing that employees take an across-the-board 5% pay cut, increase their pension contributions and take other sharp reductions in compensation. A workers’ representative deemed the proposal “offensive.”
http://www.latimes.com

OC Business Journal names Edgewood Partners Insurance Center as a ‘Best Place to Work’ for 2013 in Calif.
IRVINE, Calif. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS: Edgewood Partners Insurance Center has announced that the Orange County Business Journal has recognized EPIC as a ‘Best Place to Work’ in Orange County, Calif. EPIC is one of only 34 Orange County companies with 250 or more employees to receive this honor and is ranked fourth in the large company category.
http://enewschannels.com

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VIAW Newswire 08.15.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

A 10 Step Guide To Your Independent Medical Examination

Today’s post comes from guest author Paul J. McAndrew, Jr. from Paul McAndrew Law Firm.
You will reach the stage in your worker’s compensation claim where you will be examined by a doctor of your choice. This exam may generate the most important evidence in your claim. I strongly recommend that you do the following:
http://networkedblogs.com

NLRB Memo ‘Unlikes’ Social Media Policies
In a warning to employers, the National Labor Relations Board has “unliked” certain social media policies that restrict an employee’s right to speak critically of the employer online, unless the policies were set in collective bargaining.
In a recently released advice memo [PDF], the agency says social media policies are work rules that provide a basis for discipline, and as such must be the subject of bargaining unless a union waives that right.

http://www.law.com

Healthcare Workers: Protect Yourselves!
Healthcare workers may be at risk for exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases. Getting vaccinated is an important step to keep yourself, coworkers, patients, and family safe.
http://www.cdc.gov

House Republicans’ Additional SNAP Cuts Would Increase Hardship in Areas with High Unemployment
Shortly before Congress adjourned for its August recess, House Republican leaders disclosed that they plan to move a bill in early September that doubles — to $40 billion over ten years — their proposed cuts to SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) and immediately cuts 2-4 million more low-income individuals from the program.[1] The new cuts come primarily from eliminating waivers that states can use, during periods of high unemployment, to ease the severity of a harsh rule that limits SNAP to three months of benefits out of every three years for people aged 18 to 50 who aren’t raising minor children and are unemployed, regardless of how hard they are looking for work.
http://www.cbpp.org

Testimony Before Governor Brown’s Panel of Investigation Reveals How BART Pushed Workers to Strike in July, Misrepresented Negotiations to Riders
Oakland, CA – Today BART management and representatives from SEIU 1021, ATU 1555, and AFSCME 3993 testified before Governor Brown’s Panel of Investigation on the state of BART labor contract talks. Testimonies revealed that BART’s negotiators have delayed bargaining and squandered the 30-day contract extension by exceptionally long absences from the bargaining table while repeatedly violating the gag order mandated by the mediation agreement with frequent misrepresentations of the state of BART negotiations.
http://www.keepbartrunning.com

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