California Labor has endorsed the following policies as our path forward for investing in California to create good jobs now and a better life for our families in the future. Click on each policy/issue to learn more.

Rights of All Working Families

Union members are more than just workers. We have families, live in communities, buy consumer products and pay our bills. The Labor Movement defends the rights of working people in different areas of our lives, not just the workplace. The demand for racial justice cannot be divorced from the fight for economic justice. Civil rights […]

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Rights of Immigrants

Without immigrant workers, California’s economy would grind to a halt. Immigrants are the backbone of the state’s economy and a growing political force. Immigrant workers are at the forefront of organizing campaigns and revitalizing the labor movement. Protecting the rights of immigrant workers and their families, especially the right to organize, benefits all workers in […]

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Good Government and Accountable Corporations

We deserve a government that works for the people and demands accountability from corporations. Without a healthy democracy in which public participation is allowed and embraced, the voices of union members will be drowned out by the influence of powerful corporations. Without strong regulations and enforcement, corporations are free to put profit above health and […]

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Environmental Protection

As workers and as residents of California, we all deserve clean air, clean water and safe energy sources. Climate change is a threat to the planet and is creating a number of immediate challenges to the state. Protecting the environment is both socially responsible and a key component of future growth for organized labor. The […]

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Strong Protections for Worker Health and Safety

All workers deserve a safe and healthy workplace, yet 16 American workers on average are fatally injured at work every day. Immigrant and temporary workers are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries and death. These problems are made worse by the under-funding of state health and safety enforcement efforts. To protect worker health and safety, California […]

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High-Quality, Universal Health Care Coverage

For years, California’s unions have led the fight for better, more affordable health care for all in California. The passage of federal health reform expands coverage to the uninsured, but more work remains to control costs, increase quality and improve the health and well-being of our members and all Californians.  . California needs to lead […]

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High-Quality, Accessible Public Education

A high-quality, accessible education system is essential to California’s working families. As an industry, education employs hundreds of thousands of workers across the state. As an investment in our state, nothing is more important. California used to have the best public schools and universities in the world, but now the state has plummeted to the […]

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An Equitable, Sustainable Budget and Tax System

Budgets require hard choices that reflect our priorities as a state. For years, California faced billions of dollars in budget deficits and made deep cuts to education, public safety and infrastructure..  California’s budget has not only rebounded, but now has a healthy reserve., Yet the state has not restored the devastating cuts to social programs […]

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A Strong Social Safety Net

California’s unions fought hard to create a strong social safety net for when workers fall on hard times. Workers need protection against unexpected interruptions in their work lives, such as workplace injuries or layoffs. However, now taxpayers are increasingly subsidizing corporations whose policies impoverish workers who then have to rely on public assistance to make […]

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