The legislative process is another tool to build worker power and grow the labor movement. The California Labor movement draws on our greatest asset – our members – to be the voice for working people in our State Capitol.

Our legislative work is laser-focused on attacking the problems that stymie workers from organizing at their workplace. Whether it is worker retaliation, rising health care costs, subcontracted and temporary work or low wages – we develop legislative solutions with our unions and deliver new labor law protections.

See below for our past, recent, and future legislative priorities for working people in California.

2017 Legislative Agenda

Working people are under attack.  Twenty-eight states have passed “right to work” laws to weaken public and private sector unions. In Congress, bills have been introduced to take away our bargaining power, eliminate prevailing wage, and impose national right to work.

Anti-Labor forces continue to go to the courts seeking to weaken unions and undermine workers’ rights. And a Trump Administration could roll back a century of worker protections and union rules.

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Legislative Wrap Up 2016

This year California workers had major and historic wins.

The passage of a $15 minimum wage put California on the leading edge of a national movement to raise wages. The enactment of overtime for farmworkers and permanent overtime laws for domestic workers were long overdue reforms that help some of the lowest wage workers in the state build a better life for their families. These new laws will make a real difference in the lives of millions.

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2016 Legislative Agenda

California’s economy has rebounded and many areas of the state are booming. Yet workers are not sharing in the recovery.Finding a job may not be as hard now, but finding a good job is more elusive than ever.  At a time of record prosperity, families are facing unprecedented levels of economic insecurity.

Labor’s agenda for 2016 aims to correct these growing injustices and rebuild a sense of security for working families.  

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SB 546 (Leno): Increasing Transparency & Controlling Health Care Costs

Fact Sheet: SB 546 (Leno)

Purpose: To require rate review and prior approval of rates for health plans and insurers that sell coverage in the large group market. Rate changes impact the premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and covered benefits that purchasers and members pay. The bill will protect large employers and workers from unjustified increases in the cost of their health benefits.

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2015 Legislative Agenda

Working People Standing Together | Changing Lives Download a copy of the Legislative Agenda (pdf) For many families, times have never been tougher. Although California’s employment reports look good at first glance, far too many jobs are low-wage, temporary, and part-time. Workers are insecure, and that makes it harder to enforce basic labor standards. The […]

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2015-16 State Budget Summary

After years of deep budget cuts and recession, California’s economy is slowly recovering and we now have a budget surplus. While we’re headed in the right direction, we have a long way to go to make the necessary investments to support a healthy economic future.

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2014 Legislative Wrap Up

California Labor Federation: Legislative Wrap Up 2014

The 2014 legislative session has come to an end, and the California Labor Movement worked hard to get significant worker protections to the Governor’s desk. There were some exciting victories but also some disappointing defeats. Highlights of Labor’s

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