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For the Week of April 4, 2011

sfdemo Today, April 4, is a National Day of Action to support unions and collective bargaining. You can find your local UPTE demonstration here, and a list of other labor events in your area here. Please come out and make your voice heard, and post this flyer in your workplace.

The date has great historical significance. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, where he was standing with sanitation workers demanding their dream of a better life. Workers' rights are under attack as never before, and today’s actions are just the beginning of a nationwide labor fightback.
A national teach-in on labor tomorrow will be available via the internet, featuring scholars Frances Fox Piven, Cornel West, and Harley Shaiken and labor leaders like the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka.

How the CEO of UCLA’s public hospital system was given “‛incentive’ bonuses totaling $2.6 million” during a time of tuition increases, staff layoffs, and poverty wages is explained in Thursday’s LA Weekly.

UCB Emeritus Professor Charles Schwartz has analyzed new data that "not only extends the time frame over which we can see enormous growth in management positions but also lets us identify the main sources of funds paying for this estimated $1 billion per year in apparent waste."

This news won’t stop UC President Mark Yudof from lobbying California legislators to protect the university’s budget.

UC-AFT president Bob Samuels presents four tax solutions that would enable California to balance its budget without drastically cutting essential services. 

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