California Labor Federation Applauds Governor’s Inflation Relief Proposal Calling it a ‘Statement of Values’

Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski: “A budget is a statement of values. With his inflation relief package, Governor Newsom made a strong declaration that California is squarely behind working people being squeezed by rising costs and low wages. “This package includes a constellation of beneficial proposals to ease the burden on […]

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Workers’ Memorial Day 2022: Mourn the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living. Our Proposals for Safer Workplaces in California

Workers’ Memorial Day is a solemn reminder of just how much working people sacrifice simply to earn a living. And sadly, some make the ultimate sacrifice on the job. According to the AFL-CIO’s Death on the Job report, released this week, 340 workers die every day on the job. Many more die as a result […]

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“We stand on the shoulders of giants, change-makers whose legacy continues to create opportunities:” Q&A with Executive Director of the Orange County Labor Federation Gloria Alvarado

On the last day of of Women’s History Month, we close out our series highlighting trailblazing California women making history in the labor movement with our final feature: Executive Director of the Orange County Labor Federation, Gloria Alvarado! What are your biggest challenges and accomplishments you’ve faced while in labor? I believe the biggest challenges […]

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“Unions need to be a force for equalizing fair treatment and directly taking on harassment:” Q&A with San Diego Building Trades’ Leader Carol Kim

In the final week of Women’s History Month, we continue to highlight trailblazing California women making history in the labor movement right now! Today we feature San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council leader Carol Kim. Q: How did you first become involved in worker advocacy? A: I came to it through politics, actually. While […]

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The Fight for $20 and a Union: Another California Minimum Wage Earthquake?

This story originally appeared in Beyond Chron on Jan. 24, 2022 California is the epicenter for a nationwide grassroots movement to raise the wage floor for American workers. On January 1st, the state set $15 an hour as the floor for large employers and $14 an hour for small ones (rising to $15 for all in 2023). […]

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Workers Celebrate Passage of Desperately Needed COVID Paid Sick Leave Bill

Statement By California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski “Today’s passage of COVID paid sick leave is an important victory for frontline workers and families across the state. Paid sick leave is one of the most potent weapons we have in the arsenal to slow the spread and protect workers and the public. “As the […]

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This Month, Let’s Link Black History to Black Futures

Black History Month 2022 begins as the rights of working people are under continuous attack. While we have made tremendous progress towards equality in some respects, white supremacy and racist economic systems have perpetuated or evolved other attacks to try and keep this country from fulfilling its promise of liberty and justice for all. We […]

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FILM ON FRED ROSS WILL INSPIRE YOUNG ORGANIZERS

by Randy Shaw This article was originally published in BeyondChron. Boosting A New Generation of Organizers Why do people become lifetime organizers for social change? And how do they develop the skills to be most effective? I have long pondered these questions. I offered answers in a book about the young people who joined the […]

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From Moment to Movement: The perfect storm of public support and frustrated workers.

Working people are fed up.  With the full reopening of businesses across the country this year, an increasing number of American workers are reevaluating the role of work in their lives. They’re realizing (most) bosses suck, and they’ve had it. Their frustration turned into collective action that’s leading to historic wins in their workplaces, and […]

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Workers Standing Together in Record Numbers to Turn the Tide in California and Across America

Though working people have faced innumerable challenges in 2021, there’s a silver lining. Like never before, workers are organizing to fight back against corporate control of our economy. Collective action has led to a series of strikes and near strikes that put the wealthy and powerful on their heels and led to groundbreaking gains on […]

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