The Purple Buzz – July 2

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Quick Quiz

How many cases does the U.S. Supreme Court hear each year?

A. 15-20
B. 50-60
C. 80-95
D. 100-150

Scroll down to see the answer.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Threatening Working Families

With all of the landmark decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court lately, this week the Court decided it will hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that could impact all of us in a big way.  It is a case that threatens workers’ ability to stick together and advocate for better public services, better communities, and better working conditions for all.

Find out what’s at stake:

Santa Clara County Workers reach Tentative Agreement, Avoid Strike

Santa Clara Strike Announcement

After marathon bargaining and just hours before thousands of Santa Clara County workers were scheduled to walk off the job Tuesday, June 30, the Local 521 bargaining team produced a tentative agreement with Santa Clara County– avoiding a planned 6 a.m strike that would have crippled county services.

The tentative agreement would cover four years. Membership voting to approve the tentative agreement is planned for next week, with dates and locations to be announced soon.

For highlights of what’s in the tentative agreement:
Review events that led up to the agreement:

Four-year-fight ends with Contract Win in Fresno County

Fresno County Chapter

After nearly four years, Local 521 members working for Fresno County have a contract! The member ratification vote count concluded on Friday night, June 26, concluding years of negotiation, rallies, protests and actions.

“We may never have a fight like this again and the members who made it through are absolutely incredible. We’re all going to get some rest and then it’s time to get back to work building our chapter, developing new shop stewards, and creating an even stronger union for the next generation of working men and women.” – Laura Basua, Fresno County Chapter President

The final step is approval by the Board of Supervisors at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on July 14.

Read more on the hard-fought win in Fresno:

City of Santa Cruz Workers reach Contract and send message to City Manager

Members voted to ratify a tentative agreement with the City of Santa Cruz on June 23, reaching a 3.5 year contract for hundreds of workers. With the ratification, workers also took a stand for the community by holding an overwhelming Vote of No Confidence against City Manager Martin Bernal for his lack of transparency and for granting executive cash outs while front-line workers struggled through the recession.

Read more on the what happened in the City of Santa Cruz:

Salaried Workers could earn more with New Overtime Rule

President Obama announced that his administration is issuing a new rule that would make more salaried workers eligible for overtime pay by raising the threshold from $23,660 to $50,440. The new rule would make millions of additional Americans eligible for overtime pay.

Read more about the new rule in a message from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry:

Quick Quiz

How many cases does the U.S. Supreme Court hear each year?

A. 15-20
B. 50-60
C. 80-95
D. 100-150

Answer: D. 100-150
The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear about 100-150 of the more than 7,000 cases that it is asked to review. Source:

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association is a significant case that could impact the ability to organize for better working conditions for all. It will likely be heard and decided by June 2016.


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One Response to “The Purple Buzz – July 2”

  1. Jim S says:

    Hey San Benito is still here too

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