I became a union activist the day I realized my manager wasn’t following the contract. I had always assumed we could rely on management knowing the contract and having our backs. There were a lot of violations. I got involved with the union, saw the changes we could make to improve working conditions and how we deliver care, and that was it.
This post originally appeared at the LIFT Fund.
July 2016 is an important month in the history of the city of Los Angeles. That history is one of a pro-business city, where a trajectory of unbridled capitalism, as well as contemporary expectations of how the economy should work, did not point to success in implementing what became one of the most impactful minimum wage and wage-enforcement ordinances across the country. July 2016 is a month when, against great obstacles, justice trumped business.
Idris Aziz has seen—and created—plenty of changes in his 22 years as a security officer in Los Angeles.