Author: Kathia Canlas


14 Mar OCLF Welcomes University Professional & Technical Employees Local 8

Orange County Labor Federation welcomes UPTE Local 8 Thursday, March 14th 2019-The Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF) welcomes University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) Local 8. The Federation stands with our members at UPTE as they seek a fair contract with with the University of California.                   About the OCLF – The Orange County Labor Federation represents more than ninety local unions from every sector of the labor movement with a membership of more than 200,000 working men and women. The Orange County Labor Federation strives to better the lives of all workers. Chartered in 1929 by the AFL-CIO, the Federation is the official regional body that brings together unions from different sectors to fight for decent wages, safe working conditions...

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27 Jun Statement from the OC Labor Federation on Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court Decision

OC Labor federation statement on Janus decision  ORANGE COUNTY, CA -  The Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF) strongly condemns today’s Supreme Court decision that takes away working people’s freedom to join together in unions to speak up for themselves, families and communities. Unions are one of the most effective vehicles to move people into the middle class.  We must continue to organize and hold our elected leaders accountable and fight back against efforts to divide us and weaken working people’s strength in numbers.  The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision furthers this administration’s agenda of putting corporate interest over working families. This case is a multi-million dollar effort to rig the economy benefiting a select few.While this decision negatively impacts working families, the OCLF will continue to be a strong force in Orange County, standing up to those in power who have rigged the economy against working people.  When unions are strong, Orange County is strong.  We won’t allow a court decision to stand in the way of our fight for good jobs, fair pay and dignity at work.The OCLF and affiliates will hold a press conference tomorrow, June 28 at 10 AM.  The event will be held at the OC Labor Federation located at 309 N. Rampart St. Suite A Orange, CA 92868.  Press Conference Details Date:  Thursday, June 28, 2018Time: 10 AMLocation: OC Labor Federation – 309 N. Rampart St. Suite A, Orange, CA 92868 ###If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kathia Canlas at 714.385.1534 or email at the OCLF – The Orange County Labor Federation represents more than ninety local unions from every sector of the labor movement with a membership of more than 200,000 working men and women. The Orange County Labor Federation strives to better the lives of all workers. Chartered in 1929 by the AFL-CIO, the Federation is the official regional body that brings together unions from different sectors to fight for decent wages, safe working conditions  ...

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26 Jun Join together to get ahead

The Labor Wire June 26, 2018   On the eve of a likely ruling against workers in Janus v. AFSCME, leading economists continue to say unions are the best tool to raise pay and standards for working people. A recent paper by Henry Farber, Daniel Herbst, Ilyana Kuziemko and Suresh Naidu draws on a huge number of data sources and concludes that as unionization rises, inequality falls. This news comes just as a major study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds that the portion of the American workforce who would vote today to join or form a union jumped by an unprecedented 50%, as more and more of us realize that standing together is the best way to get ahead. Message of the Day -- Join Together to Get Ahead --   When workers use our collective power, we can demand and win better pay and access to health care and retirement security. Over the past 40 years, as CEOs and their politicians have rigged the economy against working people and made it harder to join together in unions, our economic mobility has suffered. Workers, especially young people, have begun to realize the importance of solidarity as an answer to the economic worries that keep us up at night, things like student debt, the high cost of housing and low pay. Economists, too, are turning away from bankrupt free market fantasies and back toward ideas that work, like collective bargaining, which allow us to stand together and get a fair share of what we produce. This is good news for America’s working people, because we want new economic rules so our families and communities can thrive. Kitchen Table Economics   68%: That’s how many workers between the ages of 18 and 29 see unions favorably, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.   Take Action   Stand together for working people’s freedom!               Source:  The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO   June 26, 2018...

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21 Jun A broken immigration system

The Labor Wire June 21, 2018  After a week of family separation, workplace raids and even more bad legislation, it is clearer than ever that we must fix our broken immigration system. “The Trump administration is using enforcement overreach to terrify immigrant workers and is directly threatening our freedom to stand together and fight in unions for fair pay and treatment,” said AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka.   Trumka added: “Nothing embodies our broken immigration system more than the unnecessary pain and suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters as families are torn apart at the border.” -- Message of the Day --A Broken Immigration System  America’s broken immigration system and threats of detention and deportation have been used as leverage to lower pay, worsen benefits and make workplaces less safe for decades. The brutal policy of ripping children from the arms of parents at America’s borders adds a new low to this legacy. A first priority of any nation must be to safeguard families and our most vulnerable people, especially those who come here seeking safety and refuge. Necessary, too, are good jobs and the freedom to stand together in unity to raise pay and lift up our communities. Working people want real solutions, not the two bad bills put forward by Congress, because both choke off legal immigration, expand abusive temporary work visa programs, and fail to protect families and children. The AFL‑CIO demands comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship and an end to a system that hurts working people. Kitchen Table Economics  69%: That’s how many participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA, got a higher-paying job because of work authorization, said a survey from the Center for American Progress. The results illustrate the way good immigration policy can raise pay.  Take Action Protect Dreamers!              Source: The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO   June 21, 2018   ...

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14 Jun A better deal for workers

The Labor Wire June 14, 2018   Democrats in Congress this week introduced a key piece of legislation designed to combat growing inequality and strengthen working people’s right to fight for our economic rights. “All working people should have the freedom to join together to negotiate with their employers for better wages and working conditions,” said AFL‑CIO Government Affairs Director William Samuel in a letter urging members of Congress to support the bill. “Help us build an economy that works for all working families and not just the privileged few.” Message of the Day -- A Better Deal for Workers -- As corporations continue waging a full-blown assault on the freedoms of working people, our allies on Capitol Hill have introduced a piece of legislation that would mark an enormous step forward in the struggle for economic justice. The most recent proposal in congressional Democrats’ Better Deal agenda, the Workers’ Freedom to Negotiate Act, would enact several key provisions expanding collective bargaining rights, such as: Strengthening penalties against abusive and predatory corporations that violate workers’ rights. Combating misclassification of workers as supervisors and independent contractors. Strengthening our right to strike for the wages, benefits and working conditions that we deserve. Creating a mandatory mediation and arbitration process to ensure that corporations and newly organized unions reach a first contract. Banning state laws that undermine our freedom to join together and negotiate. Protecting the integrity and fairness of union elections from employer propaganda.   Kitchen Table Economics   1%: Wage growth for the bottom 50% of Americans between 1980 and 2014.   Take Action   Support working people’s freedom!             Source:  Labor Wire, AFL-CIO   June 14, 2018...

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12 Jun You gotta fight for your right to vote

  The Labor Wire June 12, 2018   Conservatives on the Supreme Court yesterday backed Ohio officials’ efforts to purge tens of thousands of citizens from its voter rolls, likely opening the door for other states to take similar actions. Brought by the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the suit argued that such aggressive actions amounted to unconstitutional restrictions that disproportionately target working people and communities of color. Message of the Day -- You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Vote --   Powerful right-wing interests are continuing to weaponize a fabricated epidemic of voter fraud in their assault on Americans’ voting rights. Yesterday, five justices sided with a wrong-headed law designed to deny targeted citizens’ constitutional right to vote. By inviting these deep-pocketed groups to continue their assault on voting rights, the Supreme Court has opened a floodgate of attacks on our democracy. Ohio’s voting restrictions—some of the most extreme in the country—begin the purging process if a voter misses one federal election cycle. If they miss a single mailed notice, their registration is then slated to be purged in four years. This extreme, unwarranted effort already has blocked tens of thousands of Ohioans from voting. With the court failing to protect our right to vote, it’s time for working people to double down and continue fighting for our collective voice. With right-wing forces as ambitious as ever, it has never been more important for the labor movement to mobilize and fight back. Kitchen Table Economics   144,000: Number of voters in Ohio’s three largest counties whose registration was purged before the 2016 election.   Take Action   Protect the right to vote!           Source:  Labor Wire, AFL-CIO   May 12, 2018...

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01 Jun Proud and powerful

The Labor Wire June 1, 2018 As 50,000 Culinary Workers members in Las Vegas fight for fair pay and good benefits and as the first group of workers at Boeing Co. in South Carolina choose to join the Machinists (IAM), America’s working people celebrate worker activism and the start of Pride Month. June is an opportunity for all of us to consider the close bonds between the labor movement and the LGBTQ community. Working families in all our diversity are ready to stand united for dignity, fair pay, good benefits and strong communities. Message of the Day - Proud and Powerful America’s labor movement and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community cannot be separated, and we are particularly united today because the attacks on both LGBTQ equality and worker freedoms come from the same dark web of corporate interests. LGBTQ workers have relied on union contracts to secure protections not yet provided by law, and many of the advances of LGBTQ rights have been explicitly related to workplace equality. Some of the first instances of codified benefits for same-sex couples were won by working people with union contracts. In 1983, workers in Ohio won health care benefits for same-sex couples. The next year, public workers in Berkeley, California, won the same benefit. Today, labor groups like Pride At Work are championing the freedoms of LGBTQ workers by fighting against discrimination and educating the public about using union contracts to protect all workers. The AFL‑CIO supports all working people as we continue to grow a powerful movement to write new economic rules so all workers can win fair pay and good benefits, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Kitchen Table Economics 67%: That’s the portion of Americans who agree government officials should serve all of the public regardless of their religious beliefs.  Take ActionJoin Pride At Work!                Source: The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO    June 1, 2018                         ...

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