UC Davis: Grape-Picking Robots Could Replace Manual Labor In VineyardsNew research at UC Davis is showing robots can help replace manual laborers and even change the way wine tastes. California’s wine industry is threatened by pests, drought, and wildfires, but now a lack of labor is creating another worry for farmers.
COVID: Workers Returning To San Francisco Will Find 'The City' Has Really ChangedAs businesses begin to reopen in San Francisco, at some point, a lot of people are going to be returning to work. When they do, there will be some shocks and surprises awaiting them in the City by the Bay.
COVID: Labor Shortages Loom As Reopening Bay Area Businesses Try To Rehire Former WorkersLabor analysts warn that California may be faced with a looming labor shortage as the state races to reopen more and more of its economy that was shut down over the past year.
Oakland City Council Votes For Immediate Pay Raise For Workers At Large Grocery StoresOakland city councilmembers voted unanimously Tuesday to force large grocery stores to raise some workers' pay by $5 per hour.
San Francisco Voters Approve Tax Hikes Targeting Big Business, LandlordsSan Francisco voters concerned about economic disparity have overwhelmingly approved several tax measures targeting landlords and big businesses whose CEOs earn far more than their average workers.
Southwest Airlines To Cut Workers' Pay In Effort To Avoid Furloughs Due To PandemicSouthwest Airlines will cut pay for nonunion workers in January and says union workers must also accept less pay or face furloughs next year as the pandemic continues to hammer the airline business.
Clock Runs Out On $600-A-Week Federal Aid For Millions Of Unemployed AmericansNearly 30 million out-of-work Americans - including thousands in the Bay Area - are scrambling to figure out pay for basic expenses as expanded, federal $600-a-week unemployment benefits expire.
SF Supes Don't Approve Public Advocate Office For Whistleblower ComplaintsThe Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted on a handful of charter amendments to be placed on the San Francisco's November ballot, but ultimately shot down one measure that would've created a Public Advocate Office.
Minimum Wage Hike Helps Workers During Pandemic But Timing Is Tough For BusinessesRaising the minimum wage will certainly help a lot of workers, but during a pandemic some struggling business owners in Alameda say the timing is a bit awkward.
Challenge To California Law Giving Gig Workers Benefits Will Go On November BallotA ballot initiative backed by Uber, Lyft and DoorDash is set to go before California voters in November, which if passed, would exclude the companies from a new law giving more benefits and wage protections to gig workers.
Better Together: 'Hunger At Home' Chefs, Hotel Execs Give Food To Unemployed Hospitality, Food WorkersWhen the hotel and restaurant world collapsed, they were left holding millions of pounds of food. Hunger at Home collected that food and is making it available to the workers, and anyone else who lost their jobs.
Coronavirus Update: Gov. Newsom Promises Help For Small Businesses, Launches Jobs WebsiteGov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday afternoon tried to offer some reassurance to small-business owners and workers employed by those businesses that the state would be providing financial support during the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.
Coronavirus Pandemic: San Jose City Council Proposes Extended Paid Sick LeaveThe coronavirus pandemic could be spurring a needed benefit for San Jose workers: extended paid sick leave. An estimated 35% of San Jose workers don't have any paid sick leave, with women, blacks and Latinos particularly at risk, city officials said.
San Jose Approves Moratorium On Evictions As Coronavirus Takes Toll On EconomyThe San Jose City Council unanimously approved Mayor Sam Liccardo's proposal to place a temporary moratorium on housing evictions for people economically affected by the coronavirus and are having trouble paying their rent.
Emotions, Tears At Housing Roundtable With Gov. Newsom, Mayor LiccardoGovernor Gavin Newsom appeared to be emotionally touched Tuesday during a housing roundtable discussion in San Jose.