Reps. Aguilar and Cook Lead Effort to Put Veterans Back to Work
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, California Representatives Pete Aguilar (D, CA-31) and Colonel Paul Cook (R, CA-08) introduced legislation to help states create pilot programs to put veterans back to work. Their amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which outlines the nation’s defense priorities, enables the Department of Defense to fund job placement programs for members of the National Guard and Reserve, similar to the ‘Work for Warriors’ program in California. Expansion of the Work for Warriors program was included in Rep. Aguilar’s Jobs Plan released earlier this month. Read More ...


Rep. Mark Takano Introduces the Charter School Transparency, Accountability, and Quality Act
Washington DC – Earlier today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) introduced the Charter School Transparency, Accountability, and Quality Act, which will increase the information available regarding charter schools and improve charter laws. The dramatic growth of the charter school sector has raised many questions about the accountability, transparency, and quality of these rapidly opening charter schools. Read More ...


Rep. Pete Aguilar Backs Paycheck Fairness Act to Ensure Equal Pay for Equal Work
Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31) co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help end wage discrimination against women. Women currently earn 78 cents for every dollar men make, on average.

“I’m proud to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. This commonsense legislation will make strides in closing the wage gap between men and women performing the same jobs in the workplace. It is unconscionable that in 2015 we are still debating whether women deserve equal pay to men. In our communities, African American women only make 64 cents and Hispanic women only make 56 cents to every dollar made by men. Pay equity is not just a women’s issue – it’s a family issue,” said Aguilar.
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No TPP Fast Track
The Wall Street-backed Trans Pacific Partnership is NAFTA on steroids.

We’ve been down this road before. NAFTA was sold to the public in the 1990’s as a job creator, but it turned out to be a job-killer. It badly hurt the American middle class, sending untold thousands of jobs overseas and eroding wages for others.

But you know who did benefit? Huge multinational corporations.

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Rep. Mark Takano Rep Pen Markup Part Deux: The Marco Rubio Net Neutrality Op-Ed Edition
Washington DC - Earlier today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) took a red pen to Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s recent op-ed on Net Neutrality. In the markup, Rep. Takano calls the op-ed “intentionally misleading,” “poorly researched and sourced,” and urges Senator Rubio not to draft essays on his return flights from Iowa.

In the op-ed, which is littered with errors, Senator Rubio claims that, “By labeling ISPs as public utilities, an extraordinary amount of power over the Internet, including case-by-case discretion, would be given to an unelected, unaccountable board that every lobbyist, lawyer and crony capitalist with a vested interest in the Internet will seek to manipulate.”

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Stop The TPP!

They're at it again. Unelected bureaucrats, meeting behind closed doors, made decisions that will cost tens of thousands of good jobs.

It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We still don’t know what’s in it, but we know who wrote it: corporate lobbyists and representatives of countries that include repressive regimes with no concern for labor or environmental standards.
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Slow down on NAFTA-esque Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been called “NAFTA on steroids” by Congressional observers and some of my labor colleagues. I think a more relevant 1990s reference would be to the stealth bomber.The main point of the stealth bomber was that it would be hard to detect by enemy radar. Today, it is fairly easy to locate Internet videos of the airplane, which was known as the B-2 bomber.What is harder to determine are the details of the TPP. The details are known to well-connected business lobbyists, but what little is known by the general public has come from leaks. Read More ...


Grand Old Champion of Labor
Mother Jones and Lillian Burgess


A new photograph of Mother Jones was recently discovered by Craig Simpson, Executive Director of UFCW Local 400 in Landover, Maryland. The photo is of Mother Jones eating a piece of pie accompanied by Lillian Burgess, her friend and caregiver.

The caption on the back of the photo reads:

April 24, 1930. Mother Jones, a few days before her one hundredth birthday, sits up to eat a piece of cherry pie. Supporting her is Mrs. Walter E. Burgess, in whose home the veteran militant labor leader is spending her last days.

Thanks to the efforts of Brother Simpson this photo will one day be exhibited in the Mother Jones Museum which is being established in Mt. Olive, Illinois.
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Representative Pete Aguilar Announces Co-sponsorship of Five Bill
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Pete Aguilar announced his
co-sponsorship of five bills being considered by Congress. These are the
first bills Representative Aguilar has co-sponsored and highlight his
commitment to working with Democrats and Republicans to achieve common
sense results.

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Aguilar Launches Middle Class Initiative
San Bernardino, CA – Today, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, Democratic candidate for Congress in California’s 31st district, announced his campaign’s Middle Class Initiative, a set of priorities to expand our nation’s middle class, focusing on the issues that affect the daily lives of Inland Empire residents. In his statement, Aguilar pledged his commitment to these issues and the middle class families he hopes to represent in Congress. Read More ...


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