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October 01, 2004

Cool Initiatve by LA Unions

LA has become a hotbed of union activism, kicking ass and winning fights. The latest episode in this progressive telenovela: a ballot inititaitve to raise corporate taxes to make community college more affordable for all.

At the "first-ever regional labor congress," unions throughout LA voted to put up a 2006 ballot initiative that would increase the LA business utility tax by 1.5%, creating a $59 million/yr fund to give each student a grant of around $1,000 a year for college expenses. The strategy behind the plan:

The campaign could create a labor-student alliance similar to that forged with Latino workers through labor's recent support for immigration reform[]. It also would address employers' needs for more skilled workers.
This is exactly the kind of smart, bold, pragmatic thinking that the U.S. labor movement so desperately needs. Let's hope that folks on the East Coast take notice.

Posted by RT at October 1, 2004 07:37 AM