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.

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.

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Rest In Power Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg #RBG
09/19/2020

Rest In Power Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg #RBG

Workers are our greatest resource in the fight against COVID-19. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors must suppor...
09/14/2020
Op-Ed: I got COVID-19 while working at Ralphs. People like me need a voice in workplace safety

Workers are our greatest resource in the fight against COVID-19. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors must support Public Health Councils to stop this Public Health Crisis and save lives. #councilsnotcovid

"By listening to workers, I believe Kroger could slow the spread of the virus. I know my store inside and out. With support from the top, workers like me could help ensure safety protocols are being followed. Confrontations between employees and customers would be minimized if staffing were sufficient to ensure no one is allowed into the store without a mask.[...] I learned that Los Angeles County is considering establishing worker-led public health councils that would allow employees to report their coronavirus safety concerns without fear of retaliation. Grocery workers know the risks and the potential solutions. Our input could help reduce the number of infections at grocery stores. Establishing councils would give us a seat at the table." - Maria Hernandez, Ralphs grocery worker who contracted COVID-19

Grocery workers are at high risk for COVID-19. Essential workers need a seat at the table in public health regulations.

It’s time we close the tax loopholes that wealthy corporations have used to avoid paying their fair share. Vote YES on P...
09/13/2020
Editorial: California Prop. 15 would cause businesses to pay fair share of property taxes

It’s time we close the tax loopholes that wealthy corporations have used to avoid paying their fair share. Vote YES on Prop 15
#YESon15

“For all its progressive image, California has a lopsided revenue system that has evolved since a fateful vote in 1978 that redrew the rules on property taxes. That measure, known as Proposition 13, largely froze homeowner taxes, but it did the same for business holdings. When property changed hands, taxes could be reset, but that happened less often with commercial and industrial land when deals could be structured to avoid reassessment. The result: Businesses enjoyed low taxes while new homeowners faced higher levies as housing was resold.

Prop. 15 offers a solution to this unfairness. It calls for splitting the rolls, with residential property staying within the present protections while it sets more timely assessments for large business holdings. The heart of the original law that protects homeowners from sharp tax boosts will be saved. Businesses won’t get an undue break.”

Prop. 15 would make businesses pay property taxes based on market value. That’s an overdue update to a creaking tax code.

#neverforget
09/12/2020

#neverforget

#neverforget #911

When we vote, we win - and, as you know, this election is critical! Join our 2020 L.A. Union Votes campaign kick-off and...
09/09/2020

When we vote, we win - and, as you know, this election is critical! Join our 2020 L.A. Union Votes campaign kick-off and virtual phone bank on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 10:00 AM. We have some exciting stuff to reveal too...(but if you want to hear it first, you have to attend by registering at thelafed.org/2020kickoff)

09/07/2020
Happy Labor Day and Welcome to Uniontown!

A Labor Day surprise from us to you: Welcome to Uniontown! A brand new podcast (http://welcometouniontown.podbean.com and soon on Spotify) brought to you by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and co-hosted by LA Fed President Ron Herrera and Political Coordinator Hugo Romero, we dive deep into the backstories of workers and the journey of iconic leaders from their first job to their greatest victory, in every aspect of the movement from Hollywood to the docks. On today’s special Labor Day launch, Dolores Huerta sits down to share little-known aspects of her early life and her beginnings in the movement. From her storied partnership with Cesar Chavez to her interactions with James Hoffa and Robert Kennedy. The episode brings in inspiring insights, humor, and anecdotes that allow a rare window into her legendary life. We hope you enjoy, let us know what you think at [email protected], and once again...Welcome to Uniontown!

09/07/2020
Patricia Castellanos Says Happy Labor Day!

We ran into Patricia Castellanos for School Board volunteering at Labor of Love today, rocking a UFCW770 mask, to support working families alongside the LA labor movement in Wilmington to celebrate #LaborDay2020!

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
09/07/2020

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

ATTN. Our AMAZING labor volunteers want to stay longer and distribute food to more families, so PLEASE KEEP ON COMING. We’ll be here til AT LEAST ONE PM. #UnionStrong #laborday

ATTN. Our AMAZING labor volunteers want to stay longer and distribute food to more families, so PLEASE KEEP ON COMING. W...
09/07/2020

ATTN. Our AMAZING labor volunteers want to stay longer and distribute food to more families, so PLEASE KEEP ON COMING. We’ll be here til AT LEAST ONE PM. #UnionStrong #laborday

09/07/2020

The 41st annual Wilmington Labor Day parade might be canceled, but union members and labor allies still came through to give back to working families in the community. Happy Labor Day 2020!

An incredible and much-needed donation to farmworkers who have been working through dangerous conditions due to COVID-19...
09/01/2020
Port of LA, Shipping Company Donate 75,000 Respiratory Masks to Farmworkers

An incredible and much-needed donation to farmworkers who have been working through dangerous conditions due to COVID-19, extreme heatwaves, and smoke inhalation from California wildfires.

"[Teresa] Romero said the UFW conducted a survey recently that found 84% of the state's farmworkers have not been provided with an N95 mask or protective equipment of a similar quality since the pandemic hit California.

Ron Herrera, president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, said farmworkers also typically work in temperatures that exceed 100-degrees in the middle of the summer.

"These essential heroes of the fields should always have essential (personal protective equipment) available to them, and they must be treated as essential and not sacrificial," Herrera said." (via NBC LA)

The Port of Los Angeles and the CMA CGM Group shipping company donated 75,000 respiratory face masks on Monday to California farmworkers coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfire smoke, and extreme heat.

Over 5,700 lives lost to COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. Tell the Board of Supervisors - not one more. We need #Councils...
09/01/2020

Over 5,700 lives lost to COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. Tell the Board of Supervisors - not one more. We need #CouncilsNotCOVID and we need them now. The Board of Supervisors will vote tomorrow. Take action ASAP at https://publichealthcouncils.org/take-action. (It takes less than one minute!)

08/31/2020

We are here today at the steps of the Board of Supervisors’ office in DTLA, in front of a new public memorial to mourn the 5700+ lives of Angelenos whose lives have been lost to COVID-19. They were grandparents, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, friends, neighbors, and loved ones across our community.

This is a message from those they leave behind calling on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to pass a motion on Tuesday to implement Public Health Councils led by workers to assist the Department of Public Health with monitoring COVID-19 protocols at their workplaces (where people gather daily) without fear of retaliation. Workers do not live at work, they go home to their families and their community. Customers do not live at workplaces, they go home to their families and their community. We need #CouncilsNotCOVID NOW to prevent community spread and save lives.

We are inviting anyone who has lost someone to visit and add to the memorial any time after in remembrance of their loved ones, as we will be leaving it here for the community to visit in collective mourning.

https://facebook.com/events/s/memorial-for-angelenos-lost-to/338089850668545/

Thank you to the countless unions, organizations, and community members who came out today to commemorate the 50th Anniv...
08/29/2020

Thank you to the countless unions, organizations, and community members who came out today to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic Chicano Moratorium. #solidarity

Hundreds of cars and thousands of people were out in the streets today to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium. We want to thank the everyone who made today possible and for allowing us to take part in such an incredible event. La Lucha Sigue

Fifty years ago, at the height of the Chicano Movement and the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, over 30,000 Chicano activists gathered in East Los Angeles organizing the Chicano Moratorium, a march to protest the war and demand dignity and respect for their communities. Chicanos were overrepresented in those who were killed in combat overseas while their communities at home were consistently neglected and denied basic resources such as quality school, housing, and access to good jobs. The resulting backlash against the march by local law enforcement resulted in the injury of many peaceful participants and the death of Latino reporter Ruben Salazar after a tear gas canister struck him in the head.

Photos from Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO's post
08/29/2020

Photos from Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO's post

As relevant now as ever. These are A. Philip Randolph's opening remarks on the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for J...
08/29/2020

As relevant now as ever. These are A. Philip Randolph's opening remarks on the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom:

We're gathered here for the longest demonstration in the history of this nation. Let the nation and the world know the meaning of our numbers.

We are not a pressure group, we are not an organization or a group of organizations, we are not a mob. We are the advanced guard of a massive, moral revolution for jobs and freedom. This revolution reverberates throughout the land touching every city, every town, every village where black men are segregated, oppressed and exploited. But this civil rights revolution is not confined to the Negro, nor is it confined to civil rights for our white allies know that they cannot be free while we are not.

And we know that we have no future in a society in which 6 million black and white people are unemployed and millions more live in poverty. Nor is the goal of our civil rights revolution merely the passage of civil rights legislation. Yes, we want all public accommodations open to all citizens, but those accommodations will mean little to those who cannot afford to use them. Yes, we want a Fair Employment Practice Act, but what good will it do if profit-geared automation destroys the jobs of millions of workers black and white?

We want integrated public schools, but that means we also want federal aid to education, all forms of education. We want a free, democratic society dedicated to the political, economic and social advancement of man along moral lines. Now we know that real freedom will require many changes in the nation's political and social philosophies and institutions. For one thing we must destroy the notion that Mrs. Murphy's property rights include the right to humiliate me because of the color of my skin.

The sanctity of private property takes second place to the sanctity of the human personality. It falls to the Negro to reassert this proper priority of values, because our ancestors were transformed from human personalities into private property. It falls to us to demand new forms of social planning, to create full employment, and to put automation at the service of human needs, not at the service of profits-for we are the worst victims of unemployment. Negroes are in the forefront of today's movement for social and racial justice, because we know we cannot expect the realization of our aspirations through the same old anti-democratic social institutions and philosophies that have all along frustrated our aspirations.

And so we have taken our struggle into the streets as the labor movement took its struggle into the streets, as Jesus Christled the multitude through the streets of Judaea. The plain and simple fact is that until we went into the streets the federal government was indifferent to our demands. It was not until the streets and jails of Birmingham were filled that Congress began to think about civil rights legislation. It was not until thousands demonstrated in the South that lunch counters and other public accommodations were integrated.

It was not until the Freedom Riders were brutalized inAlabama that the 1946 Supreme Court decision banning discrimination in interstate travel was enforced and it was not until construction sites were picketed in the North that Negro workers were hired. Those who deplore our militants, who exhort patience in the name of a false peace, are in fact supporting segregation and exploitation. They would have social peace at the expense of social and racial justice. They are more concerned with easing racial tension than enforcing racial democracy.

The months and years ahead will bring new evidence of masses in motion for freedom. The March on Washington is not the climax of our struggle, but a new beginning not only for the Negro but for all Americans who thirst for freedom and a better life. Look for the enemies of Medicare, of higher minimum wages, of Social Security, of federal aid to education and there you will find the enemy of the Negro, the coalition of Dixiecrats and reactionary Republicans that seek to dominate the Congress.

We must develop strength in order that we may be able to back and support the civil rights program of President Kennedy. In the struggle against these forces, all of us should be prepared to take to the streets. The spirit and techniques that built the labor movement, founded churches, and now guide the civil rights revolution must be a massive crusade, must be launched against the unholy coalition of Dixiecrats and of the racists that seek to strangle Congress. We here today are only the first wave.

When we leave, it will be to carry on the civil rights revolution home with us into every nook and cranny of the land, and we shall return again and again to Washington in every growing numbers until total freedom is ours. We shall settle for nothing less, and may God grant that we may have the courage, the strength, and faith in this hour of trial by fire never to falter.

You can listen to the speech here: http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_CB387942466C46F6BAE6528BAFD53055

#MarchOnSocialMedia #MarchOnWashinton #ForJobsAndFreedom #MomentsInLaborHistory

Angelenos are dealing with the loss of income, housing, and the threat of illness, for themselves, and their families. T...
08/28/2020

Angelenos are dealing with the loss of income, housing, and the threat of illness, for themselves, and their families. They should NOT have to worry about utility debt on top of all that. Los Angeles Department of Water & Power has a responsibility to ratepayers. Urge them to #EraseUtilityDebt here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/erase-utility-debt

A huge step forward! City Council President Nury Martinez introduced a motion telling the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to find a solution to utility debt. Help us keep the pressure on by signing our petition here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/erase-utility-debt

Communities For A Better Environment Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE) Pacoima Beautiful California Housing Partnership Sierra Club Angeles Chapter NRDC Food & Water Action

Doggos of the world, unite! For #NationalDogDay, we present to you #DogsOfTheLaborMovement. 🐾  (Points for your doggos i...
08/27/2020

Doggos of the world, unite! For #NationalDogDay, we present to you #DogsOfTheLaborMovement. 🐾 (Points for your doggos in the comments! And bonus points if you can guess which LA Fed staff member owns which dog(s). 😉 )

Teamwork makes the dream work. #UnionStrong
08/27/2020

Teamwork makes the dream work. #UnionStrong

Getting mixed signals here. #UnionStrong (🎨 : Eat the Rich Comic)
08/26/2020

Getting mixed signals here. #UnionStrong (🎨 : Eat the Rich Comic)

The office of the California Secretary of State has launched a new tool to help Californians track their vote-by-mail ba...
08/26/2020

The office of the California Secretary of State has launched a new tool to help Californians track their vote-by-mail ballots, which will be mailed to ALL registered voters with a prepaid return envelope for #Election2020.

Make sure you're ready!
🗳 Check your voter status: http://VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov
🗳 Sign up to track your ballot: http://WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov
🗳 Sign up to be a poll worker & help your community: http://PollWorker.sos.ca.gov

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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, Mon. Sept 7 at 11 a.m. to celebrate Labor Day with Special guests Rusty Hicks, Ada Briceño and Gloria Alvarado! https://facebook.com/events/s/labor-day-celebration/313746483377224/?ti=icl
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]
Attention Union members: Take notice of our AFL-CIO logo. We share a bond that goes way deeper than color lines. That means we look out for one another. Period. "An injury to one is an injury to all." Let that commitment not stop at our doors.
great work county fed
thank you for the food, my family can benefit from. I am a background actor with SAG AFTRA, and generally I am not working a lot, so this will help us out. I hope that there are others who are able to benefit from this advantage. 😃
Ok, it was actually Tuesday, but today's the day LAUSD is observing it.... enjoy!
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