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There’s a saying that “a woman’s work is never done.” Studies show that women put 11 more hours weekly into unpaid labor than men. Artist Sawyer Rose depicts this inequality through large sculptures in her exhibit Counting the Hours.

What NOT To Do in the Workplace

Oct 30, 2019

  Most of us are employed. This week, in conjunction with the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, Your Legal Rights focuses NOT on what is an employee TO DO; quite the opposite -- this week we discuss What NOT To Do in the Workplace. My guests, both employment attorneys out of San Francisco, will be Michael D WILSON, JR, with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.,San Francisco who represents employers, and Traci Hinden, Law Offices of Traci M Hinden, San Francisco, who primarily represents employees. Questions for Jeff's guests?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS: Reshaping the Gig Economy

Oct 9, 2019

  Presented in conjunction with the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, a show so big it takes two hosts!

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Amazon's labor practices. Amazon workers are planning to strike in a Minnesota fulfillment center next Monday, the first day of Prime Day, and one of Amazon’s busiest shopping days. 

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Farmworkers employed by one of the biggest fruit growers in the country have officially ousted the United Farm Workers, the union founded by Cesar Chavez. Why would so many workers vote against unionizing, especially in a place where the farmworker movement has such a strong legacy? Was the election fair?

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The story of the United Farm Workers’ dwindling ranks is a lot bigger than the latest election at Gerawan Farming, where it was decertified. The union has been shrinking for decades. They’re not alone. Most unions have been shrinking since the ‘80s. But the details of the UFW’s rise and fall are not well known.

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Latino workers are more likely to die at work than anyone else, and immigrant workers can be particularly at risk.

Saying goodbye to the Mission's Lucca Ravioli

Apr 18, 2019
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In this Audiograph, we head to Lucca Ravioli, a San Francisco landmark since 1925. After being in business on the corner of 22nd and Valencia Streets for almost a century, the building went up for sale and the longtime Italian market & delicatessen is closing its doors. At the end of this month, the familiar hand painted signs on the storefront will be coming down.

Roe Rivano Barros

The rideshare company Lyft recently launched its public offering and Uber is expected to do the same this month. Some drivers on those platforms are taking this opportunity to tell the companies and investors that they’re getting organized and want to see improvements in their working conditions. 

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Oakland public school teachers ended their strike, last week, after winning some but not all of their demands. It was the latest in a year full of labor activism. To find out what it takes to strike and win, we break down one of the most successful fights of last year: the Marriott strike.

Charles Edward Miller


On this edition of Your Call, we discuss this year's labor strikes.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss hotel workers’ strikes and the arrival of a caravan of asylum seekers at the US border.

On this edition of Your Call, we explore the fight to end child slavery. You probably use something every day – your coffee, your shoes, your phone – that was produced, in part, by child labor.

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Hotel workers face high rates of sexual assault and harassment on the job, with over half of hotel staff in Oakland saying a guest has flashed them or opened the door naked.

  Host: Jeff Hayden, certified criminal law specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California. Jeff welcomes employment law specialists: -- Margaret Grover, Esq., Partner, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP, Oakland, CA.  Maggie is a 30-year attorney practicing employment law and member of the Labor and Employment Section of the California Lawyers Association (CLA). -- Ellen Mendelson, Esq., San Francisco, CA. The law office of Ellen A Mendelson focuses on representing public and other employees.

Liza Veale / KALW News

Many advocates say the Bay Area needs to build a lot more housing to solve its affordability crisis. Of course, that’s easier said than done, and the high cost of labor is often cited as one of the obstacles. But construction trades workers also need to live in this expensive area and they say wages, though higher than elsewhere, still barely cut it.

Amber Miles / KALW News

SF’s housing crisis is complicated. Yes, there’s a shortage of housing, but also a shortage of skilled workers. CityBuild has a mission; train local San Franciscans to fill those lucrative and much needed positions.

Philosophy Talk: A World Without Work

Aug 31, 2018

Can we still lead productive, meaningful lives if the demand for human labor disappears?

  

Denver Post

  On this edition of Your Call's media roundtable, we'll discuss what happens when hedge funds and private equity firms buy newspapers. In many cases, they lay off dozens or hundreds of journalists, leaving the public with a shadow of the local news coverage they once had.

Some journalists are organizing and fighting back. They are calling for local buyers to step up, and want the public service mission of newspapers to be fulfilled.

Guests:

Jason Blevins, former Denver Post writer