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Town Hall on Minimum Compensation Ordinance

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Title: Town Hall on Minimum Compensation Ordinance
Location: Temple United Methodist Church, 65 Beverly St, San Francisco
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Description: SUPPORT RAISING WAGES FOR Non-Profit Workers

Come express your views and ask SF Supervisors where they stand on supporting raising wages for non-profit workers. Supervisors could be voting
on a Minimum Compensation Ordinance measure that will raise wages for people who work:
• at a city-funded non-profit organization
• in a CalWORKs program
• at the airport
• as IHSS homecare workers
• on a city service contract

A Town Hall Meeting About the Minimum Compensation Ordinance
WHEN: September 27, 2017
TIME: 6:30 – 8 pm
WHERE: Temple United Methodist Church, 65 Beverly St, San Francisco
Refreshments will be served.
Let’s sum it up, plain and simple. In a nutshell:
• Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO) of 2000 requires all SF City & County contractors pay their employees a living wage.
• That minimum wage is to be adjusted annually according to increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI).
• Language in the MCO allows the mayor to skirt the scheduled adjustment for nonprofits by sending a letter to the Board of Supervisors stating that the City lacks
“sufficient funds” for the increase.
• MCO language also allows nonprofit contractors to get a waiver from complying with the ordinance if the nonprofit does not receive an “adequate increase in its
contract allocation to pay for the CPI increase of the fiscal year.”
The Problem:
• The City routinely underestimates revenues and overestimates expenditures.
• When the City refuses to increase nonprofits’ contracts by the amount necessary to give the CPI adjustment, the nonprofits are then off the hook to raise pay.
• Nonprofit workers pay for rent, bills, transportation and food too–why should we be paid less?
The Solution:
• We need City legislation that would eliminate all loophole language in the MCO currently allowing the City to skirt its obligation to fund the annual nonprofit
wage adjustment.
• This would create immediate parity for nonprofit workers contracted by the City.
• It would also ensure that in coming years, the City is required to fund the annual increase in nonprofit wage rates, regardless of projections.
• Nonprofit workers don’t do it for the money, but we

need money to live, too!
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2017-09-27

SF Screening of And Then They Came for Us

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Title: SF Screening of And Then They Came for Us
Location: AMC 1000 ~ 1000 Van Ness Ave, SF
Description: Please join us at the SF Premiere of AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US

Please join us at the SF premiere of And The They Came for Us, where we will be screening the 56 minute version of the film for the first time. So even if you have seen the film before, we encourage you to consider attending this screening. Please forward this invitation to anyone you know who might be interested in attending.

Sunday, October 15th, 4PM-6PM
AMC Van Ness 1000 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

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with filmmakers, Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider; Satsuki Ina, Zahra Billoo and Dale MInami, who are all featured in the film, present for the post film discussion.

In Partnership With

CAAM (Center for Asian American Media)
California LAW, Inc.
Council on American Islamic Relations (SF Bay Area Chapter)
Equal Justice Society
Facing History
Fenwick & West LLP
Fred T. Korematsu Institute
Japanese Community Youth Council
Jonathan Logan Family Foundation
Muslim Advocates
Nikkei Resisters
One Justice
SF Labor Council
St. Francis Square Community Gathering
Tule Lake Committee

It was moving to be with George Takei at the Alphawood Gallery in Chicago as he discussed his experiences in the camps at Rohwer, Arkansas and Tule Lake. George is spreading the word that we all have to resist hate and the Muslim travel ban or we are doomed to repeat one of the darkest chapters in US history.

Abby Ginzberg, Co-Director

“I’ve seen pretty much every film on the Japanese American incarceration experience in recent years, and this was definitely one of the most powerful and informative. Moreover, the film deftly related the Japanese American experience to today’s issues of civil liberties infringement, making it a must-see film for these difficult times.”

Kenji G. Taguma
President, Nichi Bei Foundation
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2017-10-15

Emergency Rally to Defend DACA

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Title: Emergency Rally to Defend DACA
Location: SF Federal Building ~ 90 7th Street, SF
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Description: EMERGENCY RALLY TO DEFEND DACA!
5 PM @ SF Federal Building
90 7th Street, SF

We condemn the heartless un-American action of the Trump administration today to put almost one million young immigrants who came here as children in limbo and the threat to turn them out of their homes.

Please come to the Federal Building today, Tuesday, at 5PM to protest this cowardly presidential action.

Protect our immigrant youth! Protect our families! Protect DACA!

Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2017-09-05

Statement from the San Francisco Labor Council Condemning Trump’s Rescinding of DACA

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

President Trump took another giant step towards the fracturing of our nation today. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the “rescinding” of DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals).

Congress has until March 5, 2018 to enact changes in the current immigration law to protect 820,000 current DACA recipients and the more than 11 million residents in the United States who currently suffer each day trying to survive in America without full legal status.

The San Francisco Labor Council, through our affiliate unions, our WE RISE SF/ Labor Center for Immigrant Justice, and all of our friends, families and allies who make up the majority of those in America, stand in firm opposition to this latest demonstration of calculated cruelty at the expense of our immigrant brothers and sisters.

We call for:

  • Fundamental Change in the Immigration System at All Levels!
  • A Moratorium on Deportations!
  • Full Protection for All DACA Recipients!
  • An End to the Scapegoating of Immigrant Communities!

The San Francisco Labor Movement will continue to fight this administration and stand with those who stand for equity and equality.

Labor Archives Exhibition: Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Title: Labor Archives Exhibition: Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art
Location: Labor Archives and Research Center San Francisco State University J. Paul Leonard Library, Special Collections Gallery 1630 Holloway Ave., 4th Floor, Room LIB 462
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Description: Labor Archives and Research Center Exhibition
September 13-December 12, 2017

Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art
September 13-December 12, 2017
Labor Archives and Research Center
San Francisco State University
J. Paul Leonard Library, Special Collections Gallery
1630 Holloway Ave., 4th Floor, Room LIB 462
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 1-5 pm or by appointment
Exhibition Opening & Reception: Wednesday, September 13th, 5-7 pm
Reception: 5-6 pm, J. Paul Leonard Library, Faculty Commons, Room LIB 286
Lecture: Robert Cherny, Professor of History Emeritus, 6-7 pm, Special Collections Gallery, LIB 460
Co-sponsored by Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library and SFSU Retiree Association
Free and Open to the Public
Victor Arnautoff (1896-1979) was a leading artist in San Francisco in the 1930s, whose best known work is the mural “City Life” located at Coit Tower. Victor Arnautoff and The Politics of Art looks at Arnautoff’s “art for the people” – works executed in an easily reproduced format and accessible to the general public that were intended to move and stimulate thinking. Like his mentor, Diego Rivera (1886-1957), Arnautoff saw art as “a weapon of ideas in the struggle for a new society.” This exhibition includes a full scale reproduction of his recently rediscovered New Deal-era mural for the Richmond Post Office and a selection of works on paper spanning his entire career addressing themes of labor and social justice.
This exhibition and supporting programming was organized by The Labor Archives & Research Center at San Francisco State University
(415) 405-5571 | larc@sfsu.edu | http://library.sfsu.edu/larc
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Labor-Archives-and-Research-Center-San-Francisco-State-University/106016096086433

Start Date: 2017-09-13
End Date: 2017-12-12

SF Labor Council Resistance Action

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Title: SF Labor Council Resistance Action
Location: Harvey Milk Plaza ~ Market & Castro Streets, SF
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RESISTANCE RALLY & MARCH
Join the San Francisco Labor Council & Community to Say Racism, Bigotry and Hatred are NOT WELCOME in San Francisco!

WHEN: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
WHERE: Harvey Milk Plaza ~ Corner of Market & Castro
WHAT: Rally at Noon and then March to Civic Center

The Labor Contingent will be assembling at 11:30 AM at Harvey Milk Plaza. We encourage all to wear your union shirts and jackets & bring signs & banners.

Please RSVP with your union’s turnout numbers to Emily Nelson at the SFLC at (415) 440-4809 or emily@sflaborcouncil.org.

White supremacists will be coming to our city on Saturday, August 26th. We must stand up and make clear hatred, racism and bigotry are not welcome in San Francisco.

As we expressed in our official statement, the recent events in Charlottesville call upon us all to speak out boldly against white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism in all forms. Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred, and fear should have no home in America. Working people know that standing shoulder to shoulder together makes us stronger as a people and as a nation. The San Francisco Labor Council is committed to advancing racial justice, as doing so is fundamental to working people uniting to create better workplaces and a more inclusive economy.

On Saturday the Labor Council will be a part of the march from Harvey Milk Plaza to the Civic Center with other community organizations.  We understand other labor and community groups are taking part in other actions and we are embracing what folks are calling a “diversity of tactics” for Saturday actions. We must do all we can to keep ourselves and each other safe and active in the movement for a free and just world. What we cannot do is be “non-political” when white supremacists are in our midst.

The action is scheduled to start at Noon on Saturday at Harvey Milk Plaza, at the corner of Market and Castro in SF. We will keep you all updated as details on the rally and march from Harvey Milk Plaza are fleshed out and encourage our affiliate unions and members join the Labor Council in making our voices of resistance and opposition heard.

Start Time: 11:30
Date: 2017-08-26

Statement of San Francisco Labor Council on the Charlottesville Events:

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Labor Stands with All Who Fight White Supremacy

August 14, 2017 – The recent events in Charlottesville call upon us all to speak out boldly against white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism in all forms. Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred, and fear should have no home in America.

We grieve for the lives lost and pray for those critically injured because of the domestic terrorism committed in Charlottesville. The San Francisco Labor Council condemns hatred, bigotry, and violence against our friends and neighbors. Our hearts pour out to everyone in the Charlottesville community, and those watching around the country traumatized by witnessing such barbaric acts of racism.

We recognize the progress achieved as communities finally remove the white supremacist monuments that stain our country. When tearing down symbols of hate sparks such vitriolic backlash, the work to fully dismantle racism from our society is far from over. Our nation needs more healing, unifying, and transformation to live up to our values of respect, equality, diversity, and freedom.

Working people know that standing shoulder to shoulder together makes us stronger as a people and as a nation. The San Francisco Labor Council is committed to advancing racial justice, as doing so is fundamental to working people uniting to create better workplaces and a more inclusive economy.

Now more than ever, the labor movement is called upon to combat the violent and exclusionary systems of white nationalism and white supremacy smoldering in our communities and institutions. We demand a future full of love, equity, diversity, peace, safety, and opportunity. It is up to us to build the America that we and our future generations deserve.

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This statement was adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council on August 14, 2017.
[Based on the statement issued August 14, 2017 by Jobs with Justice, Washington, D.C.]

 

Labor Day of Action

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Title: Labor Day of Action
Location: McDonald’s,1330 Jackson Street, Oakland
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Description: Join the Alameda and San Francisco Labor Councils, Fight for $15 and Bay Resistance Coalition for a LABOR DAY OF ACTION on Monday, Sept 4th

8:30am Action/March at McDonald’s,1330 Jackson Street, Oakland

11:00am-1:00pm Rally Program at Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA

Join fast food workers on the strike line and be a leading force in the march to Frank Ogawa Plaza for a Labor Day rally! Food and drinks will be provided! Families and children welcome!!

RSVP To Tamara Perine at (510)499-6788 or Eleanor Angeles at (510)499-2839

Labor Unions are under attack! Together our unions and communities must aim to strengthen the Labor Movement and continue our commitment to supporting all workers
Start Time: 08:30
Date: 2017-09-04

Free City Celebration

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Title: Free City Celebration
Location: Plaza Outside City College Civic Center ~ 1170 Market Street, SF
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Description: Supervisor Jane Kim and the Free City Coalition invite you to celebrate Free City.

Residents of San Francisco made history when they voted to make City College free. Our City is the first in the nation to provide universal higher education for its residents. Please join the groups who worked so hard to make Free City a reality. Students and special guests will be in attendance.

Free City Celebration
Thursday, August 3, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Plaza outside City College Civic Center
1170 Market Street at United Nations Plaza

BONUS: You can apply to CCSF right at this event. You can also apply online at CCSF.edu/FreeCity.
In-person registration begins at all CCSF locations August 7, 2017.
Start Time: 11:30
Date: 2017-08-03
End Time: 13:00

Community Workshop for Immigrant Union Workers

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Title: Community Workshop for Immigrant Union Workers
Location: IBEW 6 ~ 55 Fillmore Street, SF
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Description: “EDUCATION AND RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANT UNION WORKERS — AND THOSE
WHO WANT TO SUPPORT THEM”

A Community Workshop Sponsored by: THE SF ELECTRICAL WORKERS MINORITY CAUCUS
In Conjunction With: THE LABOR CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT JUSTICE “WE RISE SF”

WHERE: IBEW LOCAL 6 MAIN AUDITORIUM
55 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

WHEN: TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Start Time: 16:30
Date: 2017-08-15
End Time: 18:30

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