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Steve Smith, Communications Director

phone: (510) 326-4644


Gov. Newsom Offers Bold Budget Proposal Addressing California’s Most Pressing Needs

Gov. Gavin Newsom pledged to be bold in tackling some of California’s most enduring challenges, and with his first budget proposal he’s signaled that his administration is poised to deliver on that promise. The governor’s proposals to expand health care, early childhood education, affordable housing and paid family leave exemplify the kind of progressive, working family-friendly […]

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California Labor Congratulates Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom, Celebrates Rejection of Harmful Prop 6

Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski   “California voters cast their ballots for progress tonight, electing Gavin Newsom to lead our state into the future and rejecting the cynical Prop 6, which would have eliminated thousands of projects vital to our transportation infrastructure. “In California, we vote our values. The results of […]

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Thousands of Union Volunteers Mobilize Across CA to Get Out the Vote

OAKLAND – An army of union volunteers will fan out across California in the final four days of election 2018 to turn out voters for federal, state and local candidates who stand with working people on critical issues like health care, good jobs, infrastructure investment and resisting the toxic agenda of Donald Trump. The statewide […]

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California Labor Federation Condemns the Actions of State Sen. Joel Anderson

We strongly condemn the deplorable actions of State Sen. Joel Anderson, who, according to numerous firsthand accounts, threatened an advocate for workers with violence at a recent Sacramento event. These actions are deeply troubling and should never be tolerated from anyone, especially someone who has taken an oath to uphold the public trust. We must […]

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California Labor Federation Applauds Senate Passage of AB 3080

No worker should ever be forced to sign away her rights just to get a job. Today, the California state Senate resoundingly rejected the all-too-common practice of companies using forced arbitration to silence workers and strip them of their basic rights. AB 3080 is landmark legislation that gives workers the fundamental right to hold corporations […]

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California Labor Federation Announces General Election Endorsements

The California Labor Federation, representing 2.1 million union workers across the state, today announced endorsements in statewide constitutional, Assembly, Senate and congressional races and ballot measures for the November general election at California Labor’s Biennial Convention in Orange County, the epicenter of the fight for control of Congress this fall. In the wake of a […]

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California Labor Movement Condemns Janus Decision, Vows to Build Strength to Give More Workers a Path to American Dream

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2018 Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski We condemn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn 40 years’ worth of precedent at the behest of corporate billionaires in the Janus v. AFSCME case. The decision today to reverse a unanimous 1977 Supreme Court ruling is nothing more […]

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California Labor Movement Condemns Trump Cruelty on Family Separation, Calls for Real Solutions to Humanitarian Crisis At Border

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2018 Contact: Steve Smith 510-326-4644 Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski President Trump’s executive action today addressing his own abusive policy of separating families at the border doesn’t end this humanitarian crisis. By doubling down on his immoral ‘zero tolerance’ policies, today’s action makes the situation […]

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Working People Lead Way in Propelling Pro-Worker Candidates to Victory in Primary Election

California voters chose a future prioritizing good jobs, strong public schools, affordable housing, universal access to health care and equality for all in yesterday’s primary election. Despite tens of millions of dollars spent by corporate special interests on behalf of candidates who seek to privatize education and do away with good union jobs, voters roundly rejected that approach. Once again, through boots-on-the-ground mobilization, union volunteers led the way in proving our strength in numbers overcomes the millionaires’ deep pockets.

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