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South Bay union converges on Mountain View

Original post made on Jun 9, 2015

About 75 members of South Bay labor union Unite Here! Local 19 marched through downtown Mountain View Tuesday night in a rally designed to push back against recent city decisions.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 6:54 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by Scott
a resident of Slater
on Jun 9, 2015 at 10:19 pm

The article does not disclose any particular plan the protesters favor - except getting on with increasing the city's minimum wage. Anyone who thinks Councilmembers (other than Lenny Siegel) want to hold down rents have not checked to see where Councilmembers have gotten their financial support.

Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2015 at 4:20 am

Sparty is a registered user.

Looks like they crossed against the light. Naughty naughty

Posted by just wait
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 10, 2015 at 9:33 am

Scott - Generally agree with you that the MV council is beholden to developers, but just keep in mind Rosenberg's proclivity to pull a complete 180 in the name of "social justice".

Posted by Liars and the lying lies they tell
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 10, 2015 at 11:13 am

Rosenberg is a corrupt lair. We just need to contain him to minimize the damage he might do to our city. Showalter as well. Liars who were bought off by VTA. Liars who told us one thing to get our votes, then did the complete opposite without any forewarning at all. It was quite a con job they pulled on the people of MV.
We'll never forget this "spit in our face" insult, EVER!

Posted by konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Prior to the last election, I warned everyone that Rosenberg was the one candidate we needed to keep to keep off the City Council. Sadly, very few listened!

Posted by Developer?
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 10, 2015 at 2:50 pm

These accusations "MV Council beholden to developers" ARE FALSE.

Here is my proof: Attend city council and EPC meetings and witness first hand the onslaught of city fees and perks required to develop your land (that's right YOUR LAND, not the public's land), especially under the new euphemism "community benefits." This is public extortion at its best but its really the property owner who is being exploited. Developers are nothing more than third party brokers. Unbelievable.

Posted by Gosh Thanks for that
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jun 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Konrad, anymore "I told you so" statements?
You tell us a lot.

Posted by Old Mountain Viewan
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm

To "Developer?? Boo hoo cry me a river, you act like your not getting your money's worth and and not getting your crap developed, making your money as well as the lousy City Council making sure they get their cut.

Posted by OldMV
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Local 19's office is listed as being in the 2300 block of Zanker Rd. in San Jose. I have to wonder just how many of the demonstrators live and work in Mountain View. If the answer is "very few" or "none", then why the heck don't they demonstrate in San Jose or Santa Clara and stay the heck out of Mountain View? We don't need them.

Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

SEIU and their Cronies are right out of Alenskies play. Book. Get the heck out of MtnView. These unions are only out to line their own pockets..At least we can vote the Council out. Unions never get voted in or out.

Posted by Unions = Thugs
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 10, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Yes, a long long time ago Unions were good, but today they are not needed at all. Just one lawyer is all that is need nowadays to do their type of work. Just like all things that get too big, corruption sneaks in.

What do the unions do, just ask Detroit and all the other cities on the verge of bankruptcy. They inflate salaries and pensions to unsustainable levels, betting that the stock market will take care of their gladios visions. And when that fails, all the govt. are in a scurry to raise more taxes, or now they call it fees. They are nothing but a gang of crooks that steal works money for their liberal PAC that bring in the liberal politicians that are hell bent on destroying cities/states. They live for bigger govt.

Posted by glenn Meier
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 10, 2015 at 6:36 pm

I agree with Unions = Thugs. The Union Leaders need to get raises for the members to justify the Dues they are charging all the workers.

Posted by Cordelia
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2015 at 12:08 am

Unions "are not needed at all"?? You need to get out more.

These were fast-food workers, hotel and airport workers. Would you trade salaries and stock options with them? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Back when I was growing up in the 70s, minimum wage was enough to support a young family in a two bedroom apartment. Minimum wage has not grown with inflation and now a full-time job at min wage isn't enough to even support yourself without food stamps. It's outrageous! Nobody working a full-time job should qualify for welfare! Minimum wage needs to be higher. Who do you think is footing the bill for food stamps? You are, Citizen.

Posted by Old Timer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Here's an interesting story on how unions are trying to avoid the $15/hr miniumum wage law in LA -- which they insisted LA pass:

Web Link

Posted by Not an economist
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Nice article old timer. Shows the hypocrisy of unions. Private Union membership is declining to zero while public unions are growing. It's obvious that unions cannot compete In the private sector, to they bribe politicians to support them with excessive salaries and benefits.

As for Cordelia. You r in a dream world . No one ever worked at minimum wage in the 60's to support a family. I worked at minimum wage because I was a young unskilled laborer. Now I have a graduate degree and of course I wouldn't switch jobs w a low skilled worker. I've been there and decided to increase my human capital and my earnings. That's the way incentives work

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