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Jeff Ajlouny, business representative from the Stationary Engineers Union Local #39 reported that Dignity Health still refuses to meet with them.  The union has proposed arbitration to settle the strike, but Dignity Health has not agreed.  So the strike goes on. [See other articles below for more information on the strike.[

Decisions:

1.       Support for Local 39

·         We will continue to walk with the strikers every Weds between 3-5pm.  Please join us for even part of that time or at another time more convenient to you.  Our support is very appreciated by the men who've been out there since October 1.

·         We learned that the California Democratic …

By Allison Guevara

Santa Cruz Sentinel: 10/05/2013

With more than 100 women in attendance, the Breaking the Glass Ballot event on Sept. 28 showed there is no shortage of talented and caring women who want to serve our community. The scene, however, clashed with what we see in the California Legislature and on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, which are 26 percent and 0 percent female respectively. Clearly, the political gender gap is not due to a lack of interest or motivation in women, but reflects structural barriers we must remove.

Besides the obvious fact that women are half the population and deserve an equal voice, Mary Hughes, founder of Closing the Gap California, described how having more women in leadership roles benefits society as a whole. Female…

WHEREAS, the members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39 have been on strike at Dignity Health's St. Francis, St. Mary's, Sequoia and Dominican facilities to protest substandard wages and benefits since October 1, 2013; and

WHEREAS, Dignity Health has shown poor faith in this dispute, attempting to curtail Local 39's picketing, filing a Complaint in the San Mateo County Superior Court and charges with the National Labor Relations Board, attempting to remove Chief Engineers of Local 39 from the bargaining unit, and other anti-worker actions; and

WHERAS, Dignity's continued intransigence on this labor dispute is putting their patients' health at risk, as many patients and other professionals will not cross the picket line;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that th…

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