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Workers voted for a union at the Southside Berkeley, Temescal and Piedmont Avenue locations on Wednesday.
Twelve workers at the 54-year-old Ecology Center, which runs Berkeley’s three farmers markets and a store on San Pablo Avenue, have voted to join the IWW.
Administrative employees at the 53-year-old Ecology Center, which operates Berkeley’s three farmers markets and a store on San Pablo Avenue, are seeking to form a union.
Reusing water from washing machines and showers can help homeowners save water and money. An illegal system built at Berkeley’s EcoHouse helped bring increased acceptance for the drought-friendly irrigation method.
Trees must be cut up and put in green plant debris carts or taken whole to the city’s transfer station.
Supporters said Measure HH losing is a missed opportunity to put resources toward climate justice.
The LNU and CZU Lightning complex fires have caused hazardous working conditions, endangered structures and prevented harvesting on farms that sell at Berkeley’s three weekly markets.
Zero-waste supporters believe this time of tumultuous change can be an opportunity for growth.
Growers and operators grapple with public health concerns, the loss of restaurant partners and a finicky customer base.
First, Berkeley banned Styrofoam. Then it joined in the wave to ditch plastic bags. Tuesday night, city leaders voted to jettison, in large part, disposable plastic foodware.
Recycling entire trees can damage the city’s collection trucks, and the new policy requiring they be cut up and put in the compost bin is an attempt to avoid sidelining the broken trucks for weeks.