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The Uber/Lyft Sleight of Hand on AB 5 and Dynamex

When corporations violate the law by calling some workers “independent contractors” instead of recognizing them as employees, those workers are denied a host of fundamental protections like a minimum wage, overtime pay, unemployment insurance and workers’ comp. Without these protections, working people are living on the edge. Every single day. That’s why the California Supreme […]

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Honor a Promise Made to California’s Garment Workers

Garment workers form the backbone of L.A.’s manufacturing sector. But tens of thousands of garment workers are routinely underpaid—or not paid at all—for work performed. Wage theft is rampant across L.A.’s low-wage industries: Angelenos lose $26.2 million dollars a week in unpaid wages. But more than four in five workers who win their wage theft […]

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Labor and the LGBTQ+ Community

As corporations kick off their Pride month marketing strategy by selling rainbow items to improve their profit margins while largely ignoring the concerns of LGBTQ+ community, it is imperative that we understand the true meaning of pride. June was chosen as the LGBTQ+ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end […]

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California Labor Commends Assembly on Passing AB 5, Moving Workers a Step Closer to Justice

Millions of workers are living a life of insecurity because corporations refuse to abide by the law and offer the basic protections that come with being recognized as an employee. With today’s passage of AB 5 in the state Assembly, these workers are one step closer to the justice on the job they deserve. We […]

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Taking a Stand for Public Education

Social movements are rarely fully formed. It takes a while for the percolating to reach full boil. But that is what is happening with the struggle for public education. We saw it last year as teachers in one Republican controlled state after another, states where there are little to no  collective bargaining rights for public […]

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California Labor Movement Urges Action to End Forced Arbitration with AB 51

California is the nation’s leader when it comes to protecting the fundamental rights of workers. Over the decades, with strong support from the labor movement, legislators have passed landmark legislation from paid family leave to anti-sexual harassment laws to measures that boost wages and promote safe workplaces. But all those laws are in jeopardy. According […]

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Support Striking Uber/Lyft Drivers on May 8!

In a new op-ed for CalMatters, California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski tells the story of Karim Bayumi, a rideshare driver from Anaheim who will strike with thousands of other drivers on May 8 in California and around the globe. Pulaski: Like so many California families, Karim Bayumi of Anaheim, his wife and two […]

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Labor Urges Legislature to pass AB 1611, Protect Patients, Workers from Surprise ER Bills

In April of last year, 24-year-old Nina Dang broke her arm as the result of a bicycle crash in San Francisco. She was taken by ambulance to Zuckerberg General Hospital. She received treatment and was later released to recuperate at home. Pretty routine, right? Unfortunately, the story of Nina’s mishap on her bike didn’t end […]

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California Labor Urges Legislature to Rein in Out-of-Control High-Interest Lenders by Passing AB 539

Most working people experience extreme financial hardship at one time or another. It’s the sad reality of an economy that prioritizes wealth-hording by the super rich over the basic needs of everyday people. Compounding the problem of so many of us living paycheck-to-paycheck is the largely unregulated market for high-interest loans. These modern-day loan sharks […]

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