“When we’re not willing to have hard conversations about race, we lose the opportunity to have a real conversation.” A Q&A with labor and community organizer Tanya Wallace-Gobern

As we continue to celebrate Black-excellence this month, we want to shine a light on movement builders who are empowering Black workers to lead. This week we interviewed an inspiring leader who is opening up the labor movement to ALL working people, creating safe spaces for Black workers, and putting the Black-worker experience on full […]

Equality in Opportunity is on the Ballot: Yes on Prop 16

2020 exposed the massive inequalities that plague our country. From the COVID-19 pandemic to police brutality, to unemployment rates disproportionately affecting women and communities of color, America is facing a reckoning over racial, gender, and economic injustice. And although we can’t control the way our federal government chooses to address this moment, California voters have […]

Black History Month: Yvonne Walker: Celebrating hard-earned rights

Voting gives us a voice. It gives us a seat at the table. It’s the great equalizer to money and power, and has been a central pillar to our democracy since the inception of the United States. But due to centuries of institutional and socialized racism in America, African Americans did not have the right […]

Larry Itliong: Filipino-American Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist

The United Farm Workers movement is one of the most important demonstrations of worker power in American history. While the Delano Grape Strike is often cited as one of the most prominent labor actions of  the 20th century, we rarely hear the story of the Filipino activists and workers that played a critical part in […]

Luisa Moreno: Guatemalan Immigrant, Civil Rights Activist and Labor Leader

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor the Latino unionists who have been monumental figures in progressing workers’ rights. Among them was Luisa Moreno, a Guatemalan-born organizer and activist who would later become one of the most impactful labor leaders of the 20th century. Luisa Moreno was born on August 30, 1906 in Guatemala […]

Trump Nominates Anti-Labor Lawyer Eugene Scalia As Labor Secretary

Last week, President Trump announced the nomination of Eugene Scalia for Secretary of Labor. Following in the footsteps of his father, the late ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Eugene has built his career on preserving and expanding  power for banks and corporations. The nomination of Scalia raises major red flags due to his staunch […]

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 […]

Honoring Labor and Civil Rights: Activist C.L. Dellums

Cottrell Laurence Dellums, also known as C.L. Dellums, was a prominent African American trade union activist, and uncle and role model to  Congressman Ron Dellums. C.L Dellums was born in Corsicana, Texas on January 3, 1900. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when he was a young man to escape racial and economic […]

Support Federal Workers!

It’s been almost four weeks since 800,000+ federal employees have been shut out from their jobs without pay because of President Trump’s partial government shutdown.. President Trump has stated he is prepared to let the government shutdown go on for “months or even years” if his border wall is not fully funded. In the meantime, […]

UC Patient Care Workers Demand an End to Inequality, Outsourcing

  AFSCME Local 3299 began a three-day strike today at campuses and medical centers across the state, fighting for fair wages, an end to outsourcing and equal treatment for patient care workers at the University of California (UC). For months, workers have demanded fair treatment for women, minorities and immigrant workers, yet UC continues to […]

All-Star Panel Featuring Jane Fonda Pushes to End Forced Arbitration

Today women from various industries and backgrounds gathered in Sacramento to engage in an open and honest discussion on an equitable future for all women, starting with putting an end to rampant sexual harassment women endure in the workplace. The California Labor Federation and the Consumer Attorneys of California sponsored Making Equity a Reality for […]

Weakening of Unions is Directly Related to Exploding Inequality

“We have the best economy in the history of our country.” That’s what Donald Trump had to say about the state of America’s economy this week in Tampa, Fl. For the wealthy few and big corporations, that may well be true. For everyone else? Not even close. Wages are stagnant, the middle class is shrinking, […]

Millennials and Unions: A Match Made in Heaven

We are at a critical point in time where the government wants to abolish public and private health care, slash the public-sector’s strength to collective bargaining, and decrease wages in return for more work. The millennial’s best response to counterblow these threats is to stand together in a union.

AB 3080 Breaks the Silence Surrounding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

As a result of the overwhelming support from silence breakers Juana Melara, Gretchen Carlson, Susan Fowler, and Sandra Pezqueda, AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher), a bill sponsored by the California Labor Federation, passed on the assembly floor today, a huge victory for working people throughout the state.

University of California Workers Stand Together to protest UC’s inequality with Statewide Strike May 7th-9th

AFSCME Local 3299 is currently on a three-day strike to fight low wages, and the unequal treatment of women and people of color working at the University of California. Thousands of working people across the UCs took to the streets to rise up against the exploitation and injustices inflicted onto them.

Holding them Accountable: Assemblymember Medina’s Legislation Will Increase Transparency of Warehouse Developments

Corporations like Amazon and Walmart that already hoard most of the country’s wealth are given tax breaks to ostensibly boost local economies. City governments have been putting their bid in and fighting for the next warehouse to be built in their jurisdiction, hoping to create jobs. But what are the people actually gaining from having a corporate giant in their backyard

Tesla Workers Deserve Opportunity to Stand Together in a Union

Lawsuits and complaints have been piling up as Tesla refuses to guarantee their workers protection from injuries, discrimination, and unlawful firings.   A Tesla spokesperson said in a statement that the Palo Alto, Calif., company takes “any and every form of discrimination or harassment extremely seriously”… Really? If Tesla did take these allegations into consideration, […]

Workers Across California Stand Up to Billionaires Trying to Gut Unions with Janus v AFSCME Case

As the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments today in a right-wing billionaire-funded case that seeks to gut unions, thousands of working people across California took to the streets to rise up in support of our freedom to stand together. In hundreds of cities around the United States, unions, community groups, clergy […]

Reverend Addie L. Wyatt: A Champion of Labor and Civil Rights

In celebration of Black History Month, we honor the black unionists who have been monumental figures in progressing workers’ rights. While not a household name, the Reverend Addie L. Wyatt had a major impact on both the labor movement and civil rights movement… Born in 1924 in Brookhaven, Mississippi, Wyatt grew up during a time in […]