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Press Releases


The California Labor Federation welcomes inquiries from the media regarding our legislative and political campaigns, and other issues of concern to California’s working families. For press inquiries, please contact Communications Director Steve Smith at 510-326-4644.

An archive of our press releases appear below. If you are interested in having our press releases delivered directly to your inbox, please send us an email or call (510) 663-4051.

Pulaski in Sacramento Bee: Congress Must Reject Job-Killing TPP

By Steve Smith

Today, California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski set the record straight with his own op-ed in the Bee, pointing out the many harmful effects of the deal.

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Powerful Corporate Interests Attempt Power Grab with Friedrichs Case

By Steve Smith

There’s been a good amount of hullabaloo in recent days about a Supreme Court case that threatens to undermine the ability of working people to stand together to negotiate a fair wage and decent benefits. Oral arguments in the case, Friedrichs v CTA, were presented before the Court yesterday. The case involves the Court re-examining a 40-year precedent that allows unions to charge fair-share fees for representing those who choose not to join the union but still benefit from the contracts it negotiates.

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Californians Deserve Better Than Another Rotten Trade Deal

Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski on announcement that a deal has been reached on negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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News affecting working people this week: September 28-October 2

News & highlights affecting working people this week: September 28-October 2


by Rachel Johnson

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Art Pulaski: Governor has opportunity to build on legacy of protecting workers with AB465

The clock is ticking on Governor Jerry Brown’s deadline to decide which bills from this legislative session he’ll sign into law. A bill promising to curtail a practice that’s both harmful to workers and disturbingly on the rise in workplaces across California is more than worthy of his signature. Mandatory arbitration waivers have been sneaked into countless piles of paperwork for workers to unknowingly sign their rights away on the job or when they’re first hired.


In a Sacramento Bee op-ed, California Labor Federation executive secretary-treasurer Art Pulaski describes how these waivers have been used to rob workers of their right to justice:

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OC Register Shines a Spotlight on Forced Arbitration

By Steve Smith

What would you do if your boss told you that either you sign away your rights or you won’t get your holiday bonus? That was the dilemma facing Steve Hamil, who worked as a machinist at a Southern California surgical device company.

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