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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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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