Juneteenth and the Struggle for Black Worker Equality

This week the California labor movement joins in the celebration of Juneteenth, recognizing the end of slavery in the U.S. with a proclamation in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. While many are aware of the historical significance of this day, few know about its connection to the struggle for workers’ rights and equality for […]

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CALIFORNIA BUDGET MUST NOT IGNORE ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO SACRIFICED MOST IN THE PANDEMIC

SEIU California: CA LEADERS MUST RECOGNIZE ESSENTIAL WORKERS NOW! “I have been an armed officer in charge of protecting the Los Angeles County Probation Department for 17 years and I am an essential worker. My job is very important to me and I love what I do. Even when it gets stressful, I go to […]

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Boots on the Ground: California Labor Federation Launches Campaign Powered by 2.1 Million Workers to Stop the Recall

Volunteers Will Launch a Door-to-Door Campaign, Taking More than 10 Million Steps to Connect with Voters and STOP THE RECALL  Watch the press conference here Sacramento, CA – Today workers and union leaders with the California Labor Federation kicked off their sweeping campaign to defend California’s progress from the anti-worker effort to recall Governor Gavin […]

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The Coronavirus Message: America Needs Universal Paid Sick Leave

The global coronavirus pandemic is walloping California, and Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all 40 million residents to ‘shelter in place’ except for travel to purchase groceries and prescription drugs. He also urged Californians to practice ‘social distancing’ from non-family population members. The governor banned large public gatherings and ordered all schools and non-essential businesses to close. The legislature appropriated $1 billion to […]

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Workers’ Bill of Rights During COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis is devastating workers in every industry.  This crisis is also exposing the gaping holes in our social safety net and laying bare just how rigged this economy is against workers and our families and how tilted it is to the wealthy and powerful. It’s time for decision-makers to hear from us about […]

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Labor Joins Gonzalez Fletcher to Introduce New Bill to Protect Workers from Misclassification

Imagine working side-by-side with others who have all the benefits of being an employee of a company including paid sick days, a minimum wage, workers’ comp, unemployment insurance and more. Now imagine you are doing similar work without any of those protections because your boss decided to call you an “independent contractor” instead of an […]

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Thousands of Union Volunteers Mobilize Across California to Get Out the Vote in Last Four Days

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 get-out-the-vote (GOTV) […]

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Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner

This week we take a closer look at another race where big money is coming in from business interests trying to buy a statewide office that’s important to working people: Insurance Commissioner. In the last week, Steve Poizner, the longtime Republican who is trying to fool voters by running as a No Party Preference (NPP) […]

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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 […]

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AFSCME First Responder calls on Voters to Reject Cynical Prop 11

With the millions of dollars being spent on ballot initiatives this fall, it’s sometimes hard to discern what’s really going on. That’s certainly the case with Prop 11, a cynical ploy by one very large corporation – American Medical Response – to undermine basic protections for first responders. Jeff Misner, an AFSCME member who worked […]

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