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California First Responders Get Minimum Wage to Fight Wildfires
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California First Responders Get Minimum Wage to Fight Wildfires

Sooma, Calif.—Hundreds of the men and women risking their lives to battle the massive, fast-moving wildfires devastating Northern California are being paid only $10.50 an hour for it—the state’s minimum wage. Under International Association of Firefighters Local 2881’s contract with “Cal Fire,” the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, entry-level first responders get the…

Green Jobs are the Future
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Green Jobs are the Future

June 2, 2016 By Maria Castaneda, Secretary Treasurer of 1199SEIU As healthcare workers, we care for patients who suffer from the effects of pollution and who are victims of superstorms which are becoming more extreme because of climate change. We also live and raise our children in communities, from the Rockaways to the Finger Lakes,…

Earth Day is Every Day
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Earth Day is Every Day

April 25, 2016 By Sarah Jessup LaborPress Kids Correspondent New York, NY – Earth day is a special day that should be celebrated around the world. We need to be very appreciative and protective of our planet. We now put much CO2 into the atmosphere and it causes Global Warming. If our atmosphere continues to…

Wildlife Needs Family Farms to Survive
Environment and Energy

Wildlife Needs Family Farms to Survive

June 9, 2015 By John Larson Executive Director, American Farmland Trust Washington, DC – Half of the nation’s protected species use farmland for over eighty percent of their habitat. But more and more of these family farms are going extinct. And over the past few years, state funding for farmland preservation has been slashed by…

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