Against the Grain

Against the Grain – March 29, 2005

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Poverty & Labor in the North Bay

A recent report takes a close look at issues of income inequality and poverty in Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, and turns up with some quite alarming trends — including the fact that during the high growth period of the late 1990s, many working families became poorer. The report’s co-author Nari Rhee and union activist Martin Bennett talk about the findings and new strategies that organizers are using to fight for a living wage and increased unionization.