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Here’s How Two Latino Supermarkets In California Are Helping The Communities Who Built Them Up

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Latino grocery chains Vallarta Supermarkets and Northgate Gonzalez Market are stepping up to help their community. The two grocery chains are donating tens of thousands of dollars to help members of their community with money for college or legal help for immigration matters. Latinos set a new record in 2016 with 47 percent of Latino high school graduates being enrolled in college, according to Pew Research Center. The current political rhetoric has changed the lives and futures of DACA recipients because of a new lawsuit attacking the program. Here’s how two grocery chains are trying to help members of their community prepare for a better future.

Vallarta Supermarkets is donating $110,000 to nine organizations to help Latinos get to college.

Rick Castillo, Marketing Director of Vallarta Supermarkets, said that the donation aligns closely with the business’s mission to “support education and the needy.”

“More and more Latino students are applying and are being accepted by colleges and universities,” Castillo said. “However, sometimes due to lack of financial resources they don’t complete the 4 or 5 year process to attain their degrees. We wanted to help address this issue.”

According to Pew Research Center, 3.6 million Latinos were enrolled in public and private universities in 2016. This is a 180 percent increase in Latinos in college since 1996 when 1.3 million Latinos were enrolled in higher education.

“The response [to the donation] has been overwhelmingly positive [from customers],” Castillo said. “We couldn’t be happier.”

Northgate Gonzalez Market then announced that they were giving $50,000 to organizations helping DACA recipients.

Northgate is donating the money from their May 1 sales. According to ABC7, Northgate started in Anaheim and has since grown to 40 stores across California.

“This contribution reflects the company’s values and the care and concern the Gonzalez family has for the DREAMers who are trying, as our family did, to live the American dream,” a Northgate spokesperson said in a press release, according to ABC7.

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Here's Why More Than 50,000 University Of California Employees Are Striking This Week

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Here’s Why More Than 50,000 University Of California Employees Are Striking This Week

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More than 50,000 University of California (UC) workers began a three-day strike Monday against growing income disparity at their respective school, union leaders said. Workers are asking for equal pay across all labor sectors, citing an internal union research document that shows women and minorities in the university system earning less than white men. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299 is leading the strike with 25,000. They will be joined by two other unions, the California Nurses Association, 14,000 employees, and the University Professional & Technical Employees, 15,000 employees, which have approved sympathy strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday in solidarity with the UC strike.

The strike will impact University of California’s 10 campuses and five medical centers, however, they will remain open.

The employees are striking after the union and the university failed to make an agreement on wage increases, healthcare premiums and retirement terms.

“The big picture here is that there’s growing inequality at the University of California, and we’re going out because they have not even attempted to address it,” Kathryn Lybarger, AFSCME Local 3299 President told NBC News.

According to an internal union study, Latino and Black AFSCME patient care workers are paid more than $4 less per hour than white males.

AFSCME is calling for a new multiyear contract with an annual wage increase of 6 percent, no increase in healthcare premiums and a continued retirement age of 60 to qualify for full pension benefits.

While UC denies pay discrimination, last month the school chose to give workers a 2 percent raise without the consent of the union.

“A strike is only hurting the union’s own members who will lose pay for joining this ill-advised three-day walkout, while negatively affecting services to patients and students,” the spokesperson told NBC News. “A disruptive demonstration will change neither UC’s economic situation nor the university’s position on AFSCME’s unreasonable demands.”

Some UC students are showing solidarity for the strike by not participating in any school sponsored events.

Custodians, gardeners, cooks, truck drivers, lab technicians and nurse aides are among the 50,000 that are striking this week. They hope that with student support, the UC system will see that importance of the strike and the need to improve wages and benefits.

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