Abuse of Temporary Workers

Abuse of Temp Workers

Gary Cohn: Today’s temp workers are just as likely to be hired to fill blue collar jobs as office positions, with one major caveat: the new “temporary” hires who pick crops, pack vegetables or clean hotel rooms can work at those jobs for years at the same company — and with little or no advancement.

In Plain Sight: The Rise of Corporate Democrats in California

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Gary Cohn: At the very moment that California’s Republican Party is melting into electoral irrelevancy, Marc Levine and other hybrid Democrats are appearing in all corners of the state.

Careless: How Governor Brown Is Harming California’s Seniors and Disabled — and the People Who Care for Them

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California Seniors and Disabled — It wasn’t totally unexpected that the governor’s budget proposal contains the prohibition on overtime.

Pension Cutters: Bipartisan Slogans, Right-Wing Money

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Gary Cohn: The effort to cut pensions in California is being closely watched by conservative activists nationwide, which is why its supporters seldom cease repeating the mantra that it’s a bipartisan effort.

Virtual Schools: Cyber Pie in the Sky?

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Gary Cohn: The virtual schools are gaming the system. They get [public] funding based on the number of students they get in the door. Then many of these students struggle and fail and leave.

Pension-Cutting Ballot Initiative Revealed

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Gary Cohn: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and conservative activists are developing a ballot initiative to empower governments and voters in California to cut state and local public sector workers’ pension guarantees — not just new hires, but those who have been working for years under existing pension agreements.

Promise Breakers: How Pew Trusts Is Helping to Gut Public Employee Pensions

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Gary Cohn: While few budget experts would deny there are problems with funding public employee pensions, there is nothing resembling a consensus that supports the solutions proposed by Pew and the Arnold Foundation – whose warnings of imminent pension bankruptcy complement similar apocalyptic scenarios sketched by conservatives about Social Security’s future.

Slash and Burn: The War Against California Pensions

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Gary Cohn: “Pension reform” has become the latest battle cry in a seemingly endless war that has ostensibly been declared against tax-dollar waste, but whose single-minded purpose has been to slash the job protections and benefits enjoyed by California’s working middle class.

Interpreter Bill Would Help Save Lives Lost in Translation

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Gary Cohn: Day after day, non-English speaking patients are seeing doctors and nurses throughout California without the aid of medical interpreters, sometimes with tragic results

Prop 32 Ghost Looms Over Lawsuit Against Teachers Union

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Gary Cohn: A conservative legal organization that has pushed to overturn the 1964 Voting Rights Act filed a lawsuit in federal court in Santa Ana that could accomplish in the courts what Prop. 32 couldn’t at the ballot box.

Why Charter Schools Are Tearing Public Campuses Apart

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Gary Cohn: Critics contend that co-locating siphons key resources from the already-underfunded traditional public schools, depriving students of playground space, library time and other resources.

How Enterprise Zones Are Killing the California Dream

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Gary Cohn: California’s Enterprise Zone program has been under fire for years from critics who say that it simply rewards employers for moving jobs from one location to another — and who echo the charge that several of the so-called enterprise zones aren’t really in economically distressed regions.

Budget Shocker: L.A. Shows $119 Million Surplus

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Gary Cohn: The reasons for Los Angeles’ comparatively good financial condition include a legal groundwork laid years ago that required specific funding safeguards, recent give-backs from public sector unions and an improving economy.

Public Schools, Private Agendas: Parent Revolution

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Gary Cohn: At first glance, it is one of the nation’s hottest new education-reform movements. But a closer examination reveals that the “parent-trigger” movement is being heavily financed by the conservative Walton Family Foundation,

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