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.
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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Today in California we face the greatest level of income inequality on record and the disappearance of the middle class. Over the past few decades, the bargaining power of workers has steadily declined. The result has been the loss of economic stability and opportunity for millions of California families.
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Fact Sheet: AB 1897 (Hernandez)
Purpose: To hold companies accountable for wage theft and other abuses when they use staffing agencies and other labor contractors to supply workers.
Fact Sheet: AB 1522 (Gonzalez)
Purpose: To guarantee every California worker paid time off to recover from illness, care for a sick family member, or bond with a new baby. AB 1522 also protects workers claiming this benefit from employer retaliation.
Fact Sheet: AB 1792 (Gomez)
Purpose: This legislation will allow the State to determine which corporations have workers supported by taxpayer-funded assistance programs, like
Medi-Cal and food stamps, because they pay low-wages, cut hours, and eliminate workers’ health coverage.
Fact Sheet: SB 1182
Purpose: To require new reporting requirements and rate review for health plans that sell in the large group market. The bill will protect large employers, employees and multi-employer plans from unjustifiable rate increases through transparency and helps them to better understand why health premiums are increasing each year.
In 2013, your Union fought to strengthen worker protections, especially for
immigrant workers and their families. Here are some of the new laws that
could protect you:
The 2013 legislative session has come to an end, and there are tremendous victories for working families to celebrate. Click here for highlights from the 2013 legislative session.
1. It provides a long overdue wage increase for millions of workers. California’s minimum wage has lingered at $8.00 since 2008 A $10 minimum wage would boost wages for over 2.3 million Californians The increase would directly benefit 1,616,000 workers currently earning less than $10.00, as well as another 677,000 just above $10.00 per hour(i) […]