Art Pulaski is the chief officer of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. The Federation represents 2.1 million members of 1,200 manufacturing, transportation, construction, service and public sector unions.
Pulaski’s career in organized labor began at 16, when, as a supermarket clerk, he joined the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union.
As leader of the Labor Federation, Pulaski has built more political activism for the grassroots and new political technologies to help unions win important elections. Under his leadership, the Federation has helped to elect worker-friendly candidates to the California Legislature and other statewide offices.
The Federation’s achievements have included restoring daily overtime pay, raising the minimum wage and passing the nation’s first Paid Family Leave law. In 2010, the Federation led the successful campaign to ensure that every California democrat in Congress voted in favor of the landmark federal health care reform legislation.
Early in his career, Pulaski built coalitions with union and community groups to reform energy policies and protect retirees. He has helped build stronger alliances between unions, community groups and faith-based organizations for numerous reform campaigns. Pulaski also played a leadership role in the Apollo Alliance, a national coalition for cleaner energy and better jobs.
Pulaski has served on numerous gubernatorial panels and commissions on economic progress and workforce development. He was a founder of one of California’s model childcare centers, called PalCare, and served as president of nationally televised PBS series “We Do the Work”, the Labor Project for Working Families and the California Works Foundation.