Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Founded in 1885, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is the chartered Central Labor Council (CLC) of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles County.

It is the second largest in the country, representing over 300 unions and over 800,000 workers. Founded in 1885, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is the chartered Central Labor Council (CLC) of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles County and is the second largest in the country, representing over 300 unions and over 800,000 workers.

It is the second largest in the country, representing over 300 unions and over 800,000 workers. Founded in 1885, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is the chartered Central Labor Council (CLC) of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles County and is the second largest in the country, representing over 300 unions and over 800,000 workers.

Mission: We are a federation, representing more than 300 affiliated unions with common values. Our mission is to safeguard the rights of working people and make a real difference for their families and communities. We empower workers to organize, because that’s the best way to ensure good, safe jobs. We fight for anyone who believes in the American Dream, especially those who have systematically been kept from it. We support policies and campaigns that will transform LA. We don’t take baby steps, we leap forward to create lasting change. We’re proud of our 100-year history, but our eyes are fixed on the next hundred years.

Operating as usual

12/09/2020
Shattering The “Latino Vote" Myth / Destruyendo El Mito Del “Voto Latino”

Latinos played a critical role in the 2020 election voting in record-breaking numbers, helping to save American Democracy. In the aftermath of this historic election, news outlets and media pundits across the country have spoken about the “Latino Vote” in broad generalizations demonstrating a misunderstanding of the diversity and complexity of Latino voters in the U.S.

Join us on Facebook Live for an in-depth discussion with key Latino labor, community, and political leaders from across the U.S. highlighting the diverse voices of Latino voters and the future in U.S. politics.

Hosted by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and La Opinión
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Los Latinos jugaron un papel fundamental en la votación de las elecciones de 2020 con cifras récord, ayudando a salvar la Democracia Estadounidense.
A raíz de esta histórica elección, los medios de comunicación y los expertos de los medios de todo el país han hablado sobre el "voto latino" en amplias generalizaciones que demuestran un malentendido de la diversidad y complejidad de los votantes Latinos en los Estados Unidos

Únase a nosotros en Facebook Live para una discusión en profundidad con líderes sindicales, comunitarios y políticos claves de todo Estados Unidos, destacando las diversas voces de los votantes latinos y el futuro de la política estadounidense.

Alojado por Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and La Opinión

Excited to announce our amazing guests for tomorrow's 'Shattering The "Latino Vote" Myth' Facebook Live panel, hosted by...
12/09/2020

Excited to announce our amazing guests for tomorrow's 'Shattering The "Latino Vote" Myth' Facebook Live panel, hosted by Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, La Opinion, and El Diario Nueva York!

Look forward to a riveting in-depth discussion on #Election2020 by key Latino media, labor, community, and political leaders from across the U.S. here on our page at 10 AM.

12/09/2020
Shattering The “Latino Vote" Myth / Destruyendo El Mito Del “Voto Latino”

Latinos played a critical role in the 2020 election voting in record-breaking numbers, helping to save American Democracy. In the aftermath of this historic election, news outlets and media pundits across the country have spoken about the “Latino Vote” in broad generalizations demonstrating a misunderstanding of the diversity and complexity of Latino voters in the U.S.

Join us on Facebook Live for an in-depth discussion with key Latino labor, community, and political leaders from across the U.S. highlighting the diverse voices of Latino voters and the future in U.S. politics.

Hosted by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and La Opinión
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Los Latinos jugaron un papel fundamental en la votación de las elecciones de 2020 con cifras récord, ayudando a salvar la Democracia Estadounidense.
A raíz de esta histórica elección, los medios de comunicación y los expertos de los medios de todo el país han hablado sobre el "voto latino" en amplias generalizaciones que demuestran un malentendido de la diversidad y complejidad de los votantes Latinos en los Estados Unidos

Únase a nosotros en Facebook Live para una discusión en profundidad con líderes sindicales, comunitarios y políticos claves de todo Estados Unidos, destacando las diversas voces de los votantes latinos y el futuro de la política estadounidense.

Alojado por Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and La Opinión

For #GivingTuesday, please consider donating unwrapped toys to Labor Community Services for the children of union famili...
12/01/2020
Labor Community Services Holiday Toy Drive 2020

For #GivingTuesday, please consider donating unwrapped toys to Labor Community Services for the children of union families who may not be able to buy gifts this year. Your kindness will make a real difference in the lives of many and bring them joy during this holiday season!

The holidays are approaching rapidly and thousands of families will have to decide whether to buy food, pay rent, or keep the heat on in their homes during the winter nights. Without our help…

12/01/2020
Cyber Monday Amazon Teach In

Join us live with academic, community, and labor leaders in a discussion with the authors of the newly released book "The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy" about how we must resist the Amazon global empire.

As we all start our holiday shopping, let’s remember who and what we’re supporting when we shop at Amazon. If we’re ever going to hold this company accountable for its global and local impact, we need to be empowered with knowledge and understanding of what Amazon is doing in our region and throughout the world.

In times of crises, Labor will always meet the challenge to protect working families. We thank all our partners and ever...
11/26/2020

In times of crises, Labor will always meet the challenge to protect working families. We thank all our partners and every union member who has put themselves on the line and volunteered to feed our communities. #UnionStrong #Solidarity

2020 has brought many challenges to our families, our communities and our country. As history has shown us, when the tough times come, Organized Labor steps up. Our country's unions have always been there to respond to the needs of our families. Through 72 events since the beginning of the #COVID19 Pandemic, Labor Community Services (LCS) in partnership with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, affiliated labor unions, elected officials and community organizations has provided food assistance to over 100,000 families throughout Southern California. It is a statement that demonstrates the vast need for help but also the caring hearts around us. This has only been possible thanks to our dedicated staff, our generous sponsors and our committed volunteers. For that, we here at LCS are thankful and we will continue to be there as long as the need is there. May you, your families and loved ones have a Happy Thanksgiving. #Covid19Relief #FoodDistribution #HappyThanksgiving

This difficult and unprecedented year has truly put a spotlight on the thing we are most grateful for: the solidarity of...
11/26/2020

This difficult and unprecedented year has truly put a spotlight on the thing we are most grateful for: the solidarity of the Los Angeles union family and this movement.

You came together with each challenge and hurdle to lift up one another, as well as the entire community. The solidarity of L.A. Union shone through at every step of the way, from feeding the community this entire year to fighting for democracy, and we give thanks to each and every one of you. From all of us at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!

(📸 : United Steelworkers Local 675 / Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) 7th Annual Turkey Distribution)

“I think she’s very, very viable,” said Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO President Ron Herrera. "She has ...
11/25/2020
California’s Su Rises in Biden Labor Chief Race as Unions Split

“I think she’s very, very viable,” said Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO President Ron Herrera. "She has really been a warrior for us..."

Organized labor’s divide over at least three White men they’re promoting for Joe Biden‘s selection as labor secretary has vaulted another candidate with a lower national profile, California Labor Secretary Julie Su, into stronger contention for the job.

“No one should have to choose between speaking up about a public health violation in the workplace and potentially losin...
11/25/2020
L.A. County Approves Protections for Workers Reporting Public Health Violations as COVID-19 Cases Surge

“No one should have to choose between speaking up about a public health violation in the workplace and potentially losing their job for doing so,” said Rob Nothoff, Policy Director at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
"Unfortunately, there’s the very real threat of retaliation that workers face for speaking up and reporting public health violations in the workplace. Should they speak up and run the risk of being fired? Or should they remain silent and leave the public at risk of potential exposure? Today’s anti-retaliation ordinance addresses this issue head-on, and moves us forward in our efforts to flatten the curve of infection as well as the curve of inequity."

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passes an ordinance protecting workers when speaking up about public health violations. (Los Angeles, CA) The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor…

Preventing retaliation against workers for reporting public health violations is essential to stop COVID-19 spread and a...
11/24/2020
Take Action: Anti-Retaliation Ordinance — #CouncilsNotCOVID

Preventing retaliation against workers for reporting public health violations is essential to stop COVID-19 spread and allow LA's compliant businesses to reopen faster. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors votes tomorrow on anti-retaliation: let them know you support workers who protect the community! #CouncilsNotCOVID

TAKE ACTION Tell L.A. County Board of Supervisors: Pass the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance Submit Public CommentAs many of you may know, we have been working for months to pass Public Health Councils (PHC) in LA County to protect our workers and stop the spread of COVID-19 into our communities. Last wee...

United Steelworkers Local 675 will be holding their 7th annual food and turkey distribution tomorrow to ensure everyone ...
11/23/2020

United Steelworkers Local 675 will be holding their 7th annual food and turkey distribution tomorrow to ensure everyone is able and ready to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. In this unprecedented year, please stop by if you are in need of groceries, for Thanksgiving or otherwise.

Join us for our 7th Annual Turkey and Food Distribution!

Maywood Hall
4735 E Slauson Ave. Maywood, CA.

Tuesday, November 24th

Starting at 10am (while supplies last)

Walk-up only

Today, we honor those who have lost their lives to senseless transphobic violence. All trans people deserve to live with...
11/20/2020

Today, we honor those who have lost their lives to senseless transphobic violence. All trans people deserve to live with joy and happiness. All workers deserve dignity and respect. #TransDayOfRemembrance #solidarity

California approves emergency COVID-19 workplace safety rules“The rulemaking body for the state’s workplace safety agenc...
11/20/2020
California emergency workplace COVID-19 safety rules | CalMatters

California approves emergency COVID-19 workplace safety rules

“The rulemaking body for the state’s workplace safety agency voted unanimously today to approve the requirements as part of a broader package of protections aimed at protecting millions of workers from getting coronavirus on the job. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s emergency standard is expected to take effect within 10 days and may be extended for up to 14 months.

Citing a joint investigation by CalMatters and The Salinas Californian for the California Divide that uncovered outbreaks among farmworkers brought from other countries, housed in crowded motel rooms and bussed to and from work by the dozen, Cal/OSHA wrote “there has been an overrepresentation of migrant temporary farmworkers testing positive for COVID-19.” Under the new standards, workers must be housed in disinfected rooms with beds spaced six feet apart and sit at least three feet apart when transported to farm fields. Employers must do their best to keep workers in stable pods who sleep, bus and work together to minimize outbreaks.

California approves emergency workplace COVID-19 safety rules. A board also mandates less crowding in H-2A guest farmworker housing.

11/20/2020
2020 UCLA Labor Center's Virtual Celebration

🎉 🎓 Happening Now: The UCLA Labor Center’s Virtual Celebration! Tonight, we celebrate local labor leaders, our 2020 labor studies graduates, and worker research, leadership development, and education! Join us as we gather in the spirit of our annual banquet and recommit to Build Labor’s Future in 2021 and beyond! Special performance by singer-guitarist-social activist Diana Gameros.

“But many retail workers, heralded as heroes during the first wave of the pandemic, are not being provided with the same...
11/19/2020
Virus Cases Rise, but Hazard Pay for Retail Workers Doesn’t

“But many retail workers, heralded as heroes during the first wave of the pandemic, are not being provided with the same level of bonuses and raises this time, even as the health risks for them increase. Even as some companies have announced new hazard pay in recent days, some industry observers say many retailers are not sharing enough of the profits they have earned during the pandemic with their workers, but are instead benefiting shareholders through stock buybacks.

Amazon, which said last month that its quarterly profit had increased nearly 200 percent, ended its $2-an-hour pay raise for workers earlier this year and then provided a pandemic-related bonus in June, but a spokeswoman said no new hazard pay was planned.

Walmart, which reported another big increase in quarterly sales on Tuesday, had paid a series of special cash bonuses, but the company has not raised wages broadly as a way to reward workers during the pandemic.”

They were hailed as heroes during the first wave of the pandemic, but wage increases were fleeting, and companies, whose businesses are booming, have been slow to pay out more.

LA reported 7,335 deaths yesterday. Those are 7,335 mothers, fathers, family and friends. 7,335 lives cut short due to #...
11/19/2020

LA reported 7,335 deaths yesterday. Those are 7,335 mothers, fathers, family and friends. 7,335 lives cut short due to #COVID19. We need an anti-retaliation policy so workers feel safe to speak up about health violation. #CouncilsNotCOVID

Workers should not live in fear of losing their livelihood for speaking up about health violations. This is a public health nightmare. To prevent more outbreaks, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors must pass anti-retaliation language so workers feel safe in the workplace. #CouncilsNotCOVID

Join us and the entire Labor Movement tomorrow!
11/18/2020

Join us and the entire Labor Movement tomorrow!

Calling all Labor Leaders and Allies!

The UCLA Labor Center is hosting its first ever virtual Celebration for 2020! As much as we would like to celebrate in person, to ensure the safety of our guests, we will be streaming on Facebook Live on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 from 7pm - 8pm PST. Mark your calendars and please click here to register: http://bit.ly/LaborCenter2020
See you there!

We may not have defeated Prop 22 but we will continue to fight against the exploitation of workers. One this is certain....
11/16/2020
After $200 million California brawl, Uber and Lyft's gig worker fight is far from over

We may not have defeated Prop 22 but we will continue to fight against the exploitation of workers. One this is certain...this is far from over ✊ #stopgiggreed

"'They had a good month," she added. "But I don't think that necessarily means things are always going to be good for them in the future.'
Shannon Liss-Riordan, a Boston-based lawyer who has been challenging Uber and Lyft over worker classification through various lawsuits for seven years, told CNN Business that it is clear the gig economy companies have been "emboldened from what they were able to pull off in California."
Californians were bombarded with the Yes on Prop 22 messaging, as the companies waged an aggressive campaign of television ads, in-app messages, and confusing mailers.
New York Uber and Lyft drivers win key battle over unpaid unemployment benefits
"It really was information warfare -- and, given the war chest the gig economy companies had and the access to so many people, they were able to win that information war," added Liss-Riordan, who secured a $20 million settlement from Uber in 2019 in a class action lawsuit over alleged misclassification of some California and Massachusetts drivers."

Uber and Lyft scored a big win when Californians voted in favor of their ballot measure that allows them to continue treating their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees in the state. But there's likely a long, turbulent road ahead as the companies confront the issue nationally.

11/12/2020

LA Fed President Ron Herrera & Labor Community Services Executive Director Armando Olivas talk to us from our Veteran’s Day food distribution at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach, CA where over 1,500 families were fed. Today we honor all who have served.

Today, we honor those who have offered the highest form of service to protect our freedoms. Thank you to all our nation'...
11/11/2020

Today, we honor those who have offered the highest form of service to protect our freedoms. Thank you to all our nation's veterans. 🇺🇸

Congratulations to all the workers and activists who made Public Health Councils a reality. This is only the first step ...
11/11/2020
L.A. County approves program for workers to form public health councils to curb coronavirus spread

Congratulations to all the workers and activists who made Public Health Councils a reality. This is only the first step in a much longer fight for a solution to protect the health of our communities. #CouncilsNotCOVID

"Labor groups applauded the idea but said it should be applied more broadly across industries. The motion faced sharp opposition from business leaders, who said it would unnecessarily burden employers already struggling to overcome the pandemic.

Rob Nothoff, policy director for the L.A. County Federation of Labor, called the public health councils “a great step forward” that he wants to see applied in the grocery store sector as well.

'When workers are engaged, the public is safer,” he said. “Workers are at the front line to understand and to see what’s being followed and solutions to better address it. When they have a hand in shaping that process and participating in that process, we’re all better off.'"

L.A. County supervisors have approved a program in which workers will form public health councils to help ensure that employers follow coronavirus safety guidelines.

We are excited to announce The LA Fed's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Mor...
11/11/2020

We are excited to announce The LA Fed's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration on Saturday, January 9, 2021. More information will be announced, but please save the date to join us for a celebration of the difference we made together.

(If you would like to attend, please contact the principal officer of your local or organization. For other questions, please contact Karla at [email protected].)

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Founded in 1885, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is the chartered Central Labor Council (CLC) of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles County and is the second largest in the country, representing over 300 unions and over 800,000 workers.

We are a federation, representing more than 300 affiliated unions with common values. Our mission is to safeguard the rights of working people and make a real difference for their families and communities. We empower workers to organize, because that’s the best way to ensure good, safe jobs. We fight for anyone who believes in the American Dream, especially those who have systematically been kept from it. We support policies and campaigns that will transform LA. We don’t take baby steps, we leap forward to create lasting change. We’re proud of our 100-year history, but our eyes are fixed on the next hundred years.

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Join us tomorrow morning, Weds., September 30 at 9:00 AM, for a virtual reception with Assemblymember Ash Kalra (Chair, Labor & Employment Committee, CA Assembly), LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council, Orange County Labor Federation, and UA Local 250 Steamfitters in support of Melissa Fox for California Assembly! https://www.facebook.com/events/331104004773944/
Join us tomorrow morning, Weds., September 30 at 9:00 AM, for a virtual reception with Assemblymember Ash Kalra (Chair, Labor & Employment Committee, CA Assembly), LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council, Orange County Labor Federation, and UA Local 250 Steamfitters in support of Melissa Fox for California Assembly! https://www.facebook.com/events/331104004773944/
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Join us for a special Labor Day Celebration on Monday, September 7 at 11:00 AM with Special Guests Rusty Hicks, Chair, California Democratic Party and past President, Los Angeles County Labor Federation; Ada Briceño, Chair, OC Democratic Party and Co-President, UNITE HERE Local 11; and Gloria Alvarado, Ex. Dir., Orange County Labor Federation! https://www.facebook.com/events/313746483377224/
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California Federation of Teachers Call for Discussion: How do we stop police brutality, cop killings & attacks on peaceful demonstrators? Mark Friedman, Random Lengths News Reporter. HS Science teacher, Member CFT I strongly encourage the labor movement to take the lead in helping to organize continued massive, peaceful, legal protests supporting the indictment and full prosecution on murder charges of the remaining three police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd. Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Keung, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood near the others, were not initially charged. Lane, 37, Kueng, 26, and Thao, 34, are now charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Abstention by organized labor in this social movement against cop killings is unacceptable. The focus must be both national and local examples of police brutality, defunding the cops and creating an understanding that the police are there to “protect and Serve” the wealthy, not working people as any of us who have ever been on strike or a strike picket line clearly know. We have all witnessed peaceful protests in Los Angeles and other cities that then turn violent by the actions of police provocations to demonstrators, agent provocateurs within the ranks of the demonstrators, (who are often off-duty cops — as we have seen historically in the antiwar, labor and civil rights movements) and the frustrations of young people who are not being heard. There have been so many police brutality cases nationally where the cops are set free, while thousands of black people fill the jails on minor misdemeanors and trumped up charges. Large protests in more than 300 cities and dozens internationally continue to spotlight the brutality of the cops. But widespread nightly burning, looting and destruction by groups of anarchists, provocateurs (revealed in The Los Angeles Times), opportunists and those driven by frustration and demoralization unnecessarily give the government a handle to blame protesters, not the cops and their ruthless brutality, for violence. They are an obstacle to building the kind of movement and leadership necessary to defend the interests of working people and deal real blows to the violence of the police. The consequences of these actions have also given an opening to the government, which is responsible for defending the rulers’ system of exploitation, oppression and violence, to bring in more cops, the National Guard and even the possibility of active-duty military forces, to shut down the city. This is a national, multigenerational and multiracial movement against police brutality and racism added to unemployment on a massive scale that this country has never seen. This is not a black thing. This is not 1968. Although the response by the police and the governments of both Democrats and Republicans, from liberal to conservative, is similar. They send in the National Guard and arrest hundreds. Unions have spoken out forcefully against the killing of George Floyd and for their prosecution of the cops who did it — including the Amalgamated Transit Union, the United SteelWorkers, Teamsters, United Auto Workers, International Longshore Workers Union, UNITE-HERE, N. Carolina and late to the game the LA AFL-CIO and many more. The bus drivers’ union in Minneapolis refused to transport protesters to jail who were rounded up by the cops. Other important organizations have also publicly denounced the cop brutality such as Communities for a Better Environment in Wilmington, National Physicians for Social Responsibility, National Network on Cuba and Pastors for Peace. Now is the time for labor to take the lead and fill the vacuum of leadership. Labor should join with whatever leadership within the black community, religious and others willing to take a stand against police brutality without criminalizing young people for minimal looting or fires that reflect, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, "the language of the unheard." As one protester put it, "Black Americans have been looted for hundreds of years." How can you compare that to a sneaker store or a Starbucks? Young people are just showing their rage because they are not being heard. Labor has a responsibility to join with them. I believe the best we can hope to accomplish under the racist, capitalist rule is to stay the hand of these federal government-sanctioned and protected judge, jury, and executioners in uniform. Institutional racist conduct and acts cannot and will not be reformed out of existence. It must be declared a crime and met with severe and immediate punishment to the fullest extent of the law. To open this discussion, I suggest these demands against police brutality and abuse of power. 1) Federal prosecution of all four officers in the George Floyd murder. Automatic Federal charges for all police violations of the civil rights of all people of color, including killings, beating, false arrest, etc. 2) Abolition of all police for-profit programs National, State, and local. 3) Automatic firing for all racist text, emails, letters, social media posts, phone calls, and so-called private conversations. 4) Abolition of all no-knock warrants and abolition of all stop & frisk rules for every US police department. 5) Automatic firing, arrest, and jail time for all false reports, fake evidence, and lying testimony. 6) End of all federal funding of every police department in the country. 7) End of all ticket writing incentive programs, speed trap schemes, and traffic stops for petty violations. 8) Abolition of all police weapons drawn, traffic stop. End to all non-recorded sobriety tests. 9) Abolishment of all military grade weapons given to local police departments I look forward to hearing back from some of you in the labor movement who are reading this. We need action by labor — not just words. Let’s have a public discussion with readers of Random Lengths News. [email protected]