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“Unions need to be a force for equalizing fair treatment and directly taking on harassment:” Q&A with San Diego Building Trades’ Leader Carol Kim

In the final week of Women’s History Month, we continue to highlight trailblazing California women making history in the labor movement right now! Today we feature San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council leader Carol Kim. Q: How did you first become involved in worker advocacy? A: I came to it through politics, actually. While […]

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The Female Trailblazers of California Labor: Julie Lind, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the San Mateo Labor Council

Despite being underrepresented in labor’s leadership, Women are strengthening their unions by taking more prominent roles. We’re continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month by highlighting some of the female trailblazers across California who are making an impact across the labor movement, and what they are doing to empower California workers. Julie Lind, the Executive […]

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The Female Trailblazers of California Labor: Liz Ortega, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council

Throughout history, women have taken prominent roles in the labor movement to strengthen their unions but have been underrepresented in leadership. That’s changing. This month we are celebrating Women’s History Month by highlighting some of the female trailblazers across California who are making an impact across the labor movement, and what they are doing to […]

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Beyond Chron: Fred Ross Jr.’s Remarkable Organizing Legacy

6 Key Lessons for Organizers After fifty years, Fred Ross Jr. (hereafter “Ross”) has retired from fulltime paid organizing. Ross’s organizing history may be unparalleled today. He has recruited countless organizers, engaging many in campaigns for over forty years. Ross’s legacy offers important lessons for organizers that is particularly needed today. Ross Jr.’s Organizing History […]

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The Fight for $20 and a Union: Another California Minimum Wage Earthquake?

This story originally appeared in Beyond Chron on Jan. 24, 2022 California is the epicenter for a nationwide grassroots movement to raise the wage floor for American workers. On January 1st, the state set $15 an hour as the floor for large employers and $14 an hour for small ones (rising to $15 for all in 2023). […]

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Workers Celebrate Passage of Desperately Needed COVID Paid Sick Leave Bill

Statement By California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski “Today’s passage of COVID paid sick leave is an important victory for frontline workers and families across the state. Paid sick leave is one of the most potent weapons we have in the arsenal to slow the spread and protect workers and the public. “As the […]

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This Month, Let’s Link Black History to Black Futures

Black History Month 2022 begins as the rights of working people are under continuous attack. While we have made tremendous progress towards equality in some respects, white supremacy and racist economic systems have perpetuated or evolved other attacks to try and keep this country from fulfilling its promise of liberty and justice for all. We […]

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FILM ON FRED ROSS WILL INSPIRE YOUNG ORGANIZERS

by Randy Shaw This article was originally published in BeyondChron. Boosting A New Generation of Organizers Why do people become lifetime organizers for social change? And how do they develop the skills to be most effective? I have long pondered these questions. I offered answers in a book about the young people who joined the […]

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