Hispanic Heritage Month: Jessie Lopez de la Cruz

Jessie Lopez de la Cruz grew up in a family of Mexican migrant workers. From a young age, Lopez de la Cruz worked in the fields across California, experiencing firsthand the grueling living conditions, poverty-level wages, and daily brutal exploitation – conditions farm workers continue fighting today. That changed in 1960 when, inspired by Cesar […]

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Thousands of Union Volunteers Hit Streets In Final Four Days to Get Out Vote for No on Recall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2021 California Labor Federation Contact: Steve Smith 510-326-4644 ssmith@calaborfed.org Thousands of Union Volunteers Hit Streets In Final Four Days to Get Out Vote for No on Recall AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, Executive VP Tefere Gebre to Join Final GOTV Push SACRAMENTO – Thousands of union volunteers will knock doors and […]

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Northstate labor union celebrates Labor Day with picnic in the park

This article originally appeared on ABC7 KRCR. By Aaron Spurlock, Mike Mangas ANDERSON, Calif. — COVID-19 closed it down for a year but the Labor Day Picnic was back in Anderson River Park on Monday for the thirty-fifth time. The band was back together, and so were union members and their families to enjoy the […]

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This Labor Day, California Workers Say NO to the Anti-Union Recall

Labor Day is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of workers. But this year feels much different. Over the last year, working people have risked everything to keep our communities safe. From essential workers on the frontlines treating COVID patients, to those who put themselves in jeopardy to provide the services and goods we needed […]

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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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House Passes Historic Labor Law Reform – What’s Next for the PRO Act?

By Steve Smith The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act passed in the House this week with a 225-206 margin, sending this historic legislation to the US Senate. This bill is the most significant labor law reform legislation since 1935. All California Democrats in Congress voted YES, hearing the voices of workers who demand […]

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“When we’re not willing to have hard conversations about race, we lose the opportunity to have a real conversation.” A Q&A with labor and community organizer Tanya Wallace-Gobern

As we continue to celebrate Black-excellence this month, we want to shine a light on movement builders who are empowering Black workers to lead. This week we interviewed an inspiring leader who is opening up the labor movement to ALL working people, creating safe spaces for Black workers, and putting the Black-worker experience on full […]

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“Society is So Much More When All People are Free from the Violence of Poverty and Low Wages” A Q&A with Organizer and Social Justice Activist Cherri Murphy

Black History Month is a time to reflect on those in the struggle for racial equality who’ve moved us forward through bold and principled action. But’s it’s also a time to look to the future and the Black activist leaders making history NOW to end white supremacy and tear down systems of oppression that harm […]

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Five Labor Priorities for the Biden Administration

President Biden, who has a stronger union background than any incoming president for decades, has promised to adopt a strong pro-worker agenda, and he has already assembled a labor-focused economic team. Senior advisors, Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellin,  and head of the Council of Economic Advisors, Cecilia Rouse, are leading experts on […]

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California Unions Vow to Defeat Gig Corporations’ Measure to Strip Workers of Fundamental Protections

Instead of providing drivers with a real living wage and job protections that all workers deserve, massive gig corporations plan to spend more than $100 million to avoid complying with the law. This measure is another brazen attempt by some of the richest corporations in California to avoid playing by the same rules as all […]

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