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.

2012 Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2012 legislative session has come to an end, with significant pro-worker bills making it to the Governor’s desk. Many good bills were signed, but there were several disappointing vetoes as well. Check out our end-of-session highlights.

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California’s Labor 2012 Legislative Agenda

Labor’s 2012 Legislative Agenda focuses on seven key issues: building high-speed rail in California, stopping corporate wage thieves, cutting waste, fraud and abuse in enterprise zone tax giveaways, ensuring corporate fair share for workers’ health care, restoring benefits to injured workers, ending discrimination against the unemployed, and stopping foreclosures on families in loan modification.

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Invest in California: Plan for Job Creation and Economic Recovery

This is a time of enormous opportunity and great challenges. But Californians are—and always have been—visionaries who see no limit to our future. The world looks to us for leadership and we must take that responsibility seriously. We cannot cut our way to the future. The way to grow our economy and create good jobs is to invest in California again. It means investing to make California a good place to do business and a good place to raise a family again. This is our path forward for rebuilding the economy and creating jobs.

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2011 Legislative Agenda

2011 marks a new beginning as we restore California with jobs, justice, and prosperity. This year, we are determined to seize the opportunity to get our members, and all Californians, back to work. Our top priority is creating good jobs. We will crack down on the underground economy to protect the most vulnerable and level the playing field for responsible employers. We will expand and protect collective bargaining. We will hold the big banks and Wall Street accountable and push for reasonable regulations to protect consumers and restore fairness to our economy.

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2010 Legislative Agenda

Labor's 2010 Legislative Agenda Times are bleak for California’s working families. We’re losing 50,000 jobs a month, spiking California’s unemployment to a post-World War II record. For those who still have a job, wages have failed to keep up with the cost of living. Budget cuts, furloughs, and foreclosures have unhinged our state’s once stable […]

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Commission on the 21st Century Economy

The Commission on the 21st Century Economy, a panel formed by Executive Order of the Governor, is charged with making sweeping changes to the state’s tax code. The proposals floated by the Commission include massive tax cuts for the rich that would be made up by shifting the burden of taxation on to the middle class.

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Help for Unions Facing Layoffs

Have you recieved a WARN Notice that workers in your union will be laid-off? In most cases of substantial layoff, federal and California laws – the WARN acts – require that employers give advance notice to their employees that a major layoff is imminent and that their jobs will be affected.

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Majority Sign-Up or “Card Check”

Majority sign-up, or “card check,” is a better way for workers to choose whether or not to join a union. Under majority sign-up, workers have the chance to talk to each other about the union without facing the same kind of employer harassment. Instead of waiting months or even years for an election while the employer runs an anti-union campaign, workers who want a union simply sign cards asking the union to represent them in collective bargaining. This is a fair and democratic process that respects the will of the majority.

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