Submitted by Dan Bacher on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 11:20am
For the first time ever, scientists have uncovered the presence of infectious salmon anemia, a deadly virus that has devastated farmed fish in Chile, in wild salmon populations on the West Coast.
This news arrived at a time when the Obama administration is fast-tracking the approval of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon, promoting environmental destructive corporate aquaculture facilities and pushing the privatization of public trust resources through the controversial "catch shares" program.
Scientists from Simon Fraser University reported at a news conference in Vancouver on October 17 that the virus had been found in 2 of 48 juvenile fish collected as part of a study of sockeye salmon in Rivers Inlet, British Columbia.
"The highly contagious marine influenza virus, Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA,) has for the first time been officially reported after being found in the Pacific on B.C.’s central coast," according to a news release from the scientists. (http://www.sfu.ca/pamr/media-releases/2011/lethal-atlantic-virus-found-in-pacific-salmon.html)
"Now it threatens both wild salmon and herring," said biologist Alexandra Morton and Simon Fraser University professor Rick Routledge, whose laboratory led to the discovery of ISA in B.C. salmon smolts.
By Art Pulaski - Special to The Bee
Published Monday, Sep. 05, 2011
"Labor Day symbolizes our determination to achieve an economic freedom for the average man which will give his political freedom reality."
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Sept. 6, 1936
America's greatness was not built by financial titans. It was built by women and men of average means who understood the value of a hard day's work and joined together to demand fair compensation for helping their companies to thrive. It was those workers who created the economic freedom FDR spoke of so many years ago, building the most robust middle class the world has ever known.
In 1935, FDR signed the National Labor Relations Act, which gave workers the right to join unions, and made it the policy of the United States to encourage employers to bargain with workers over wages, health care and retirement. The labor movement grew rapidly during that decade, leading the fight in the late 1930s to abolish child labor and establish the 40-hour work week.
As unions grew, so did workers' wages. Retirement security became, for many, reality instead of a pipe dream. Worker safety improved. The gains unions made for members spread to nonunion workers, buoying the whole economy.
CA Rally & March
Saturday, July 30, 12:00 noon - 2:00 PM
Join other Californians on the Capitol steps to support public education. Sponsored by California supporters of the Save Our Schools March & National Call to Action and the Student CTA.
California State Capitol Building
1315 10th Street
The Save Our Schools March is being held in response to recent destructive “reform” efforts which have undermined our public educational system, demoralized teachers, and reduced the education of too many of our children to nothing more than test preparation.
Something must be done – and it must be done now!
The Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action is calling on Americans everywhere to demand:
* Equitable funding for all public school communities
* An end to high stakes testing for student, teacher, and school evaluation
* Curriculum developed for and by local school communities
* Teacher and community leadership in forming public education policies
Wednesday, June 29 @ 5 PM
Hilton Sacramento Arden West
(2200 Harvard Street, across the freeway from the Arden Mall)
Columbia Sussex is out, but the fight continues!
Thanks to all of the support from around Sacramento, the Union’s boycott of the Hilton Arden West has been a huge success! Columbia Sussex, the previous owner, went into default and no longer owns the hotel. Now the new owners need to give workers a fair contract NOW!
Let’s show the new owners that Sacramento demands justice for the Hilton workers!
UPDATE: In addition to the noon rally there is also a candlelight vigil and visibility at the Capitol:
4 – 10 PM Visibility
8:30 PM Candlelight Vigil
Please join hundreds of California farm workers, students, faith leaders, labor and community supporters to rally for fair treatment of farm workers this Thursday June 16, in Sacramento.
We need to ensure that the laws on the books actually become the laws in the fields where many farm workers still lack access to basic needs including: shade, water, heat training and even short breaks during scorching summer days.
What: Rally at the Capitol to support fair treatment of farm workers
When: Thursday, June 16, 12:00 p.m.
Where: North side of the Capitol (corner of 11th Street and L Street)
SB 104: Providing Farm Workers a 75-Year-Old Protection
By Dylan J. Anderson
United Farm Workers
Recently, both the California Senate and Assembly passed SB 104, "The Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act." Introduced by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), SB 104 would give the state’s more than 400,000 farm workers an alternative to on-the-job polling place elections to decide whether to join a union. The new option would allow them to fill out state-issued representation ballots in their homes, away from bosses’ threats and other interference. If a simple majority – more than 50 percent – of workers signs the ballots, their jobs would be unionized.
Many workers do not have access to basic things like shade, water, heat training or even breaks during the hot summer days. Without SB 104, nothing will change. Wage and hour violations will continue. Overexposure to pesticides will go unchallenged. Sexual harassment will remain rampant and the health crises caused by a lack of sanitation and lax safety standards will continue to plague farm workers.
The current obsession with state workers' wages and benefits, which has been sweeping the nation from the Midwest to California, is distracting Americans from the real economic questions we should urgently be asking ourselves.
In view of the enormous – and growing – inequalities in incomes and wealth in this country, it is nothing short of astonishing that so much resentment, to such a broad extent, has been generated over the benefit packages promised to teachers, firefighters, DMV staffers and highway repair crews, that there is no resentment left over for the real beneficiaries of our broken social and economic system. State workers are being held responsible for a wide range of budgetary and economic problems, whereas those who bear actual responsibility for those problems have been able to evade scrutiny, let alone being asked to pay any kind of price.
The result is the growing rallying cry that state workers should be stripped of pension and health care benefits that most private sector workers lost many years ago, so that they too can join the race to the bottom of wretchedness to which more and more Americans seem committed.
On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. Today, that same demand is electrifying people across America. It's the demand of all people—regardless of race: The right to join together for our common dreams.
Let's make April 4, 2011 a time to stand in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where well-funded, right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for.
Labor & Civil Rights groups to protest Republican/Corporate attack on workers rights at every level of government
Participants to stand in solidarity with Wisconsin workers!
On Tuesday, March 15, local MoveOn members will gather on the South Steps of the State Capitol to defend the American Dream. The event will urge ALL Labor Unions, Community Organizations and concerned individuals to stand strong against attacks on the American Dream and workers’ rights by Republicans, at both the state and national level, and will highlight the potentially disastrous effects of the Republican budget.