Kaiser Permanente’s mental health workers are planning to begin a five-day strike Monday across California, a week after the Oakland health care nonprofit announced a new CEO. Around 4,000 unionized therapists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health employees will form picket lines starting at 6 a.m. Monday, outside various Kaiser locations across California. The action had been postponed for a month following the death of former CEO Bernard Tyson. Protests by members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers will continue throughout the week at different locations. On Monday, workers will picket outside the San Francisco and Santa Clara medical offices. On Tuesday, they plan to picket outside Kaiser’s Oakland medical center with a rally at noon; at Redwood City, San Leandro, Vallejo and Walnut Creek medical centers on Wednesday; and in Oakland, San Jose, San Rafael and Vacaville on Friday. The workers are asking Kaiser to “fix its broken mental … [Read more...] about Kaiser mental health workers to begin five-day strike across California Monday
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Commuters wait for a metro in the Gare du Nord railway station, in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. France's prime minister said Wednesday the full retirement age will be increased for the country's youngest, but offered a series of concessions in an ill-fated effort to calm a nationwide protest against pension reforms that critics call an erosion of the country's way of life. less Commuters wait for a metro in the Gare du Nord railway station, in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. France's prime minister said Wednesday the full retirement age will be increased for the country's youngest, ... more Photo: Thibault Camus, AP Photo: Thibault Camus, AP Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 Commuters wait for a metro in the Gare du Nord railway station, in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. France's … [Read more...] about France: 8th day of pension strikes cripple train travel
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday passed its annual defense policy measure, which combined a $738 billion Pentagon price tag with legislation to provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The sweeping 377-48 vote followed weeks of arduous House-Senate negotiations that finally yielded a traditionally bipartisan measure, stripped of many add-ons sought by Democrats controlling the House. The result came over outnumbered protests by some of the chamber's most liberal members, who said Democratic negotiators should have fought harder for House-passed liberal policies. They are also unhappy about the spiraling defense budget. The compromise between the Democratic-controlled House and the GOP-held Senate broke free after Republicans agreed to accept a Democratic demand — endorsed by Trump in end-stage negotiations — for the landmark parental leave provision. Negotiators also endorsed Trump's call for a new "space force'' — a provision previously … [Read more...] about US House OKs Defense Bill, Parental Leave for Federal Workers
When the French get angry, the world gets wind of it. For the last week, bus and train drivers have been on strike, paralyzing the public transportation system. Police officers, teachers, civil servants, hospital staff and many other workers have joined in protests over President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform the country’s complex pension system.Demonstrations in France are nothing new. Every Saturday for more than a year, French people of all ages and walks of life from all areas have donned high-visibility yellow vests to demonstrate their general unhappiness.Even before the “yellow vest” movement, which started in November 2018 as pushback against proposed fuel tax hikes and exploded into the expression of a general sense of injustice, disgruntled farmers would regularly rumble up the highways in tractors to dump perfectly edible vegetables on the steps of the French Parliament, or truckers would launch an “Operation Escargot,” driving at a … [Read more...] about Les Misérables: Why are the French, who seem to have much, so quick to protest?
Democrats are doing serious damage to our republic with their shameful impeachment antics, but there’s still a bright spot even in this dark chapter of our political history. The public backlash against their politically motivated crusade has forced them — in spite of themselves — to act on behalf of American workers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has finally agreed to do what she should have done 15 months ago: hold a vote on approving the popular U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It didn’t happen on its own. Pelosi has endured months of relentless pressure over her refusal to deliver this layup for the American people, but she only caved after the Democrats most recent ill-fated attempt to overturn the 2016 presidential election began to collapse like the house of cards is always was.Throughout this process, Pelosi has vehemently insisted that impeachment would not prevent the Democrats from legislating, but without some action on USMCA — a big-ticket … [Read more...] about PUZDER: Impeachment Has A Silver Lining — Trump’s Killer Trade Deal