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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American Jobs Plan Means Good Union Jobs for California

By Steve Smith The negotiating on President Biden’s historic infrastructure plan is under way. This nearly $2 trillion bill would be the largest investment in infrastructure and jobs in American history.  Will the jobs created be union jobs? Vice President Kamala Harris penned an op-ed this week in USA Today laying out the administration’s priorities. […]

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The Future Is Union Strong

This Labor Day one thing is for certain, our economy is changing. And unfortunately, those changes are bringing more hardship to working people. But as California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski writes in a new op-ed for CalMatters, it doesn’t have to be this way. We can provide a future in which working people […]

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Support Striking Workers at Marriott!

In California, picket lines are up at Marriott hotels in San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and Oakland. Other locations included in the strike are Boston, Detroit and Hawaii. The strike comes after months of negotiations by UNITE HERE locals with the massive hotel chain. Contracts have expired, and the company refuses to make meaningful progress on a host of issues including providing jobs that pay a living wage, securing job protection around automation, and workplace safety.

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California Labor Federation Announces General Election Endorsements, Massive Mobilization to Win in November

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.

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

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 than a bald attempt to weaken unions by some of America’s richest CEOs and five […]

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Millennials and Unions: A Match Made in Heaven

We are at a critical point in time where the government wants to abolish public and private health care, slash the public-sector’s strength to collective bargaining, and decrease wages in return for more work. The millennial’s best response to counterblow these threats is to stand together in a union.

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Get out and Vote on June 5th!

Tuesday is Election Day in California and it’s never been more important for working people to get out and vote! Corporate billionaires will stop at nothing to take away our freedom to stand together in our unions, including spending millions of dollars to fund candidates who will do their bidding and attack working people in the halls of our Capitol. But we know that our strength in numbers can always overcome their mountains of cash.

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University of California Workers Stand Together to protest UC’s inequality with Statewide Strike May 7th-9th

AFSCME Local 3299 is currently on a three-day strike to fight low wages, and the unequal treatment of women and people of color working at the University of California. Thousands of working people across the UCs took to the streets to rise up against the exploitation and injustices inflicted onto them.

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