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Tom Dalzell
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Tom Dalzell is the business manager and financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, which represents 18,000 working men and women in California and Nevada. He began his career working with the United Farm Workers in rural California in 1972.

Since 1983, Dalzell has devoted a considerable portion of his life to the study of American slang, and is recognized as a national expert. He has authored three books on slang: Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang (Merriam-Webster, 1996), The Slang of Sin (Merriam-Webster, 1998) and Damn the Man: Slang of the Oppressed in America (Dover Publications, 2010). Dalzell is the senior editor of The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, which he is currently in the process of updating.

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Wrong TURN on Public Safety

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 3:37 PM

The consumer group's irresponsible attacks put Californians at risk.

"Untimely and misguided" - in the spring of 2007, that's what Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty called a thoughtful proposal to invest in Minnesota's roads and bridges. He vetoed it upon receipt. Two months later, the Mississippi River...

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Marin Deserves Real Green Power, Not Slick Marketing Campaigns

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 5:35 PM

A few enduring classics from the Too Good To Be True department: Eat more, lose weight! Get rich quick! Send your financial information to a generous Nigerian prince and he will pay you millions!

The latest installment comes courtesy of Marin County's power provider, the Marin Energy Authority: you...

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John Avalos and Francesca Vietor Play the Shell Game

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 11:48 AM

In 2011, corporate lobbyists and their Republican allies came up with a piece of political trickery -- the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis Act. The bill guts environmental protections in the Clean Air Act, sparing its corporate backers millions in fines and compliance costs. They pushed it...

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Dirty Power for San Francisco? Say S'hell No!

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Last week the esteemed Goldman Prizes for environmental stewardship were awarded in San Francisco. One of the winners at this ceremony, which has been called the Oscars of the environmental movement, went to Jonathan Deal, a brave South African man who stood up to the corporate might of...

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Worked Over: Why Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age is a Bad Idea

(31) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 12:26 PM

Given the news out of Washington this week, you'd think the president and the Republicans in Congress couldn't agree that the sky is blue on a clear sunny day. Here's one thing I bet they'd all agree on: not one of them wants to be waiting tables, jack-hammering concrete or...

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Hannity's Lies About Our First Responders

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 9:36 AM

Last Friday, as millions of Americans were trying to pick up the pieces in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Sean Hannity seems to have been looking for an opportunity. By the time his radio show went live that afternoon he thought he had found one: there was one unsubstantiated report...

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Why Is San Francisco Trying to Outsource Green Investment to the "Dirtiest" Texas Corporation?

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 12:35 PM

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote today on a contract with Shell Energy of Houston, Texas that would nearly double electricity costs for San Franciscans.

Say what?

Why would a city that prides itself on being on the forefront of energy policy sign a...

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CNA Nurses Deserve Our Support

(5) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 10:40 AM

From health care to energy to government, we tend to think about our world in terms of "systems." I know I do it -- consider the health care "system," the political "system" the legal "system."

At least that was my perspective until a few weeks ago when my body's systems...

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Can a Green Company Have a Dirty Labor Record?

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 11:14 AM

In the past few years, we've seen corporation after corporation try on the mantle of green. Most of that has been good -- America is moving towards energy independence, we are becoming more thoughtful consumers, and most of us have internalized the idea that what we're doing, making or disposing...

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Fifty Thousand Friends: Union Organizing On Facebook

(19) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 2:48 PM

The head of any organization -- whether it's a union, a corporation or my daughter's soccer league -- will tell you it's good to have friends. In recent years, organized labor has found it more and more difficult to make friends with average Americans. And it's not that we haven't...

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