Monday - Feb 18, 2019

Latin Briefs

  • Bush’s veto means loss of health care coverage for California kids

    ­by Ali Tabatabai

    Oakland city officials found that Prudential Overall Supply, a contracted uniform and laundry company operating in Milpitas, violated local living wage ordinance by underpaying its workers.

    According to UNITE HERE, a union representing industrial and service workers, Prudential owes nearly $40,000 in backwages to its current and former employees. The City of Oakland Finance Committee said they will also demand more backpay due to low health insurance contributions from the company.

  • Santa Clara Board of Supervisors resolves to investigate Prudencial strike

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox

    Prudential Overall Supply laundry workers, on strike in protest of the working conditions at the company’s Milpitas facilities, spoke out last week regarding alleged unfair labor practices and the possible impact on county uniform service. Milpitas workers walked out on September 11 after weeks of alleged labor law violations by the company. Prudential Overall Supply contracts with Santa Clara County to provide uniforms for hundreds of county employees.

  • State Legislature bans toxic toys

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox

    The California State Senate last week approved landmark legislation which would make California the first state in the country to ban dangerous chemicals used in baby toys.

    “The United States has become a dumping ground for chemical filled toys that are banned in much of the industrialized world,” said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who authored the bill.

  • Aid to Nicaragua intensifies

    by the El Reportero staff San Francisco’s repair shop owner Luis Pérez receives the first donations from the community for the victims of huracan Felix in Nicaragua. The goal is to fill one of several 40-ton ship containers. (photo por Edgar Martinez) After the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua was devastated by a hurricane last August,

  • State Legislature bans toxic toys

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox An empty plaza at Mission and 24th streets One of the leaders who called for a Mission boicott crosses his arms as no one heard his plight of “come here, don’t be afraid, join the boicot. Businesses didn’t close, and the call to join the boicot was a failure, on Sept.

  • Richmond presents a model of the new green economy

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox Guillermina Castellanos (left), with Esperanza Barajas, read a testimony of abuse of domestic work of one of the miembers of United and Active Women during an act Labor Day at United Children Park on September 3.(photo by Claudia Reyes)­ Richmond’s Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, the Ella Baker Center’s Van Jones, and representatives

  • California reinvestment coalition calls to protect homeowners from predatory lending

    by Juliana Birnbaum Fox Frank Ayala (center) welcomes the new Consul of Nicaragua Denis Galeano, during a reception on his honor sponsored by the American-Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce. L-R: Martha Vaughn, Carlos Solórzano, Elsa Cristina Jirón (the consul’s wife), consul Galeano, and his son and daughter Héctor and Anahely (PHOTO BY MARVIN J. RAMIREZ) The