Between a Strike and a Hard Place

Across California, school districts are strapped for cash. On April 8, while announcing a bill that would increase taxation on large companies to create more funding for schools and child care, Oakland Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks stated that California is forty-first in the nation when it comes to per-pupil spending on education. In Sacramento’s case, adding to their financial woes is the looming threat of a state takeover if the district doesn’t make up a $35 million budget deficit by June 20.

My story for The Baffler.

Anchor Workers and Veterinary Specialists Forge Ahead with Union Plans

Longtime workers at Anchor Brewing and the VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists face down attempts to undercut their efforts for better working conditions and wages.

Anchor Union workers and supporters

My report for SF Weekly on the labor disputes taking place at the VCA Veterinarian Specialists and Anchor Brewing Co. in San Francisco.