California Labor has endorsed the following policies as our path forward for investing in California to create good jobs now and a better life for our families in the future. Click on each policy/issue to learn more.

2019 Legislation Agenda

We cannot build toward a brighter future unless we raise standards and restore security to working people now. Technology and automation reflect the power structure in the workplace. As long as workers remain powerless, emerging technologies will be deployed by greedy CEOs to deskill, drive down costs, and eliminate workers. Only by rebuilding worker power will we harness the promise of technology to make jobs better, workers safer, and society more just.

California Labor’s 2019 legislative agenda focuses on restoring labor rights, strengthening worker power, and ensuring access to justice for working people. It’s not just the future of work we are fighting for, but the future of workers, to ensure dignity and security for all.

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Good Jobs and Secure Employment

Download the California Labor Federation’s 2018 Policy Statements here. THE GROWING gap between the rich and poor is not an accident; it is the direct result of corporate and public policies to decrease labor cost and increase profits for shareholders. Corporations are creating low-wage jobs with no benefits and few opportunities for advancement. This model […]

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An Enforceable Right to Organize

Income inequality is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. It threatens to destroy the middle class, economy, and democratic values of our nation. Unions are the last bastion in the fight against income inequality and unfettered corporate greed.

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2018 Policy Statements

As Californians, we are—and have always been—visionaries who see no limit to our future. The world looks to us for leadership and we must take that responsibility seriously. The way to grow our economy and create good jobs is to invest in California again.

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Our 2016 Policy Statements

We endorse these policy statements as our path forward for investing in California to create good jobs now and a better life for all in the future.

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High-Quality, Accessible Public Education

A high-quality, accessible education system is essential to California’s working families. As an industry, education employs hundreds of thousands of workers across the state. As an investment in our state, nothing is more important. California used to have the best public schools and universities in the world, but now the state has plummeted to the […]

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An Equitable, Sustainable Budget and Tax System

Budgets require hard choices that reflect our priorities as a state. For years, California faced billions of dollars in budget deficits and made deep cuts to education, public safety and infrastructure..  California’s budget has not only rebounded, but now has a healthy reserve., Yet the state has not restored the devastating cuts to social programs […]

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A Strong Social Safety Net

California’s unions fought hard to create a strong social safety net for when workers fall on hard times. Workers need protection against unexpected interruptions in their work lives, such as workplace injuries or layoffs. However, now taxpayers are increasingly subsidizing corporations whose policies impoverish workers who then have to rely on public assistance to make […]

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Invest in California’s Infrastructure

While California’s infrastructure was once the best in the world, now it can now barely serve our existing population, let alone sustain population growth. California’s bridges, roads, waterways and schools are crumbling around us. We used to build the products the rest of the world wanted, now we import everything from cars to steel from […]

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Rebuild the Public Sector

The public sector has traditionally offered hundreds of thousands of Californians secure union jobs with good wages, benefits and pensions. Public employees are critical to the services that we use every day and their responsibilities to the public have increased over timeAttacks on public sector unions not only threaten the Labor Movement, but they undermine […]

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