Author: Kathia Canlas


23 May Independent political power

The Labor Wire May 23, 2018 In special elections across the country, America’s labor movement has demonstrated our unity and independence as an electoral force for a working family agenda, which is a truth every political hopeful should heed in 2018. “If you want working people to rally around you, then you sure as hell better rally around us,” said AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) to Pennsylvania’s labor movement. “We don’t work for any political party. We want fair economic rules so working people can work hard and get ahead.” Message of the Day—Independent Political Power America’s working people laid out an ambitious agenda for building independent political power at the 2017 AFL‑CIO Convention in St. Louis, because it’s time for working people to write new economic rules so regular people can get ahead. Working people put that political independence to the test in local, state and federal elections across the country this year, and we proved that our passion and resources can make the difference for candidates who embrace a working family agenda. “We want more pro-labor Republicans and fewer corporate-beholden Democrats,” said AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka to a convention of the Boilermakers (IBB) last month. The AFL‑CIO is mobilizing working people to educate and register voters, to leaflet worksites and to turn out the vote for working family candidates, so we can elect leaders who will fight against Wall Street and for working family priorities. Kitchen Table Economics 4,987 to 1: That’s the ratio of pay between former Mattel CEO Margo Georgiadis and the median worker at the company who’s not a manager. That gap is an example of why we need new economic rules. Take Action Support working people’s freedom! Labor Wire, AFL-CIO May 23, 2018...

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11 May We’re Hiring

  Bookkeeper (Full-Time) Orange, CA   The Orange County Labor Federation is looking for an experienced Bookkeeper to assist in managing day-to-day accounting and finance requirements. Confidentiality, excellent organizational skills and accuracy are important qualifications for this position, as well as the ability to communicate clearly. The ideal candidate for this position is a skilled multi-tasker, is reliable and is committed to consistently meeting deadlines.   RESPONSIBILITIES: Process weekly payroll and staff expenses – review for accuracy and adherence to policy Track and monitor employee benefits, vacation/sick/comp time, etc. Process Accounts Payable accurately, charge expenses and verify expense requests Process Accounts Receivable including dues, benefits, and contributions Maintain Labor Federation Financials Monitor various account balances to ensure proper funding Compile reports for various monthly, quarterly, and annual filing requirements Assist in the preparation of reports for the day to day operation of the organization including, but not limited to: Finance Committee, annual budget preparation, monthly Executive Board and Delegates meetings. Assist in all areas of Finance and Administration, as needed Other duties as assigned   QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: Application of bookkeeping principles and methods to the maintenance of specialized accounting and financial records following standard operating procedures Ability to compile information and prepare reports Ability to work independently, prioritize activities, use time efficiently, and meet deadlines Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, in addition to accounting and database software Analytical skills to resolve errors, discrepancies and reconcile data Strong communications skills Knowledge of rules and regulations for payroll, benefits and taxes (including Sales and Use tax) Knowledge of INTUIT (payroll processing) and QuickBooks.   EXPERIENCE: At least two (2) years’ experience required in bookkeeping/ financial department.   SALARY AND BENEFITS: This position is a bargaining unit position. The OCLF is committed to diversity and encourages women and minorities to apply for this position.   TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume and references to: Joline Cruz, Administrative Director at          ...

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  IRVINE, CA – One year ago, on May 4th, 2017, fourteen California representatives, including Orange County Congressmembers Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher and Ed Royce, voted to take health care away from tens of thousands of their constituents by approving the American Health Care Act (AHCA). While key parts of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and other federal programs ultimately survived it was only by a margin of a single vote in the U.S. Senate. Orange County residents will gather in solidarity to remember that these irresponsible Representatives voted for the (ACHA) and against their own constituents—and to urge opposition to the continued attempts to undermine our health system by the Trump Administration and Congress. Every analysis of the ACHA, including by the independent Congressional Budget Office, confirmed that it would have left millions more Californians uninsured, hundreds of thousands in Orange County alone. Many more would be left in a smaller and sicker insurance pool, facing much higher premiums as a result. The bill would have made catastrophic cuts of tens of billions of dollars a year to California’s health care system, resulting in as many as 15,000 jobs lost in Orange County. Labor, health care advocates and community leaders, will gather to mark the day with a rally to let their representatives know that they do not forget the destruction their votes could have caused and to demand they break their silence on the ongoing attempts to sabotage our health care system by the Trump Administration and Congress. WHAT: Rally with Orange County residents WHEN: Friday, May 4, 2018, 11:30am WHERE: 3333 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612 WHO: Orange County Labor Federation, United Domestic Workers, Health Access California, Equality California,  LGBT Center Orange County, Indivisible 48, NextGen California SPEAKERS: Amy Wiwuga, Community Organizer, Health Access California Laura Reyes, Special Projects Coordinator, United Domestic Workers AFSCME Local 3930 Aaron McCall, Chairman, Indivisible 48 Raul Preciado, CA Youth Organizing Director, NextGen California   The rally will be followed with an event at 5:00pm at the Brad Brafford LGBT Center Address (305 E 4th St #200, Santa Ana, CA 92701). Ticket information here. ...

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30 Apr Demand Protection for ALL Workers – OCLF May Day March & Rally

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2018 ORANGE COUNTY, CA -  Every year, the Orange County Labor Federation organizes the May Day March and rally in commemoration of International Workers Day.  With a broad coalition of labor unions and community groups, together we will march in solidarity to send a clear message that attacks on ALL workers will not be tolerated in Orange County. We stand together as ONE to defend, protect and respect workers’ rights.  We will not be divided! We will fight as one against all attacks on working families. “The Orange County Labor Federation along with more than 90 local unions from every sector of the labor movement will stand with ALL workers in the community.  It is important now more than ever that we speak out against unjust treatment of workers whether it is from public or private sectors.  We refuse to be silent!  On May Day, we will honor the contributions and sacrifices of all working families in Orange County,” said Gloria Alvarado, Interim Executive Director. The march will commence in the parking area of St. Boniface Church located at 120 N. Janss St. Anaheim, CA 92805 preceded by a rally.  A short rally at Pearson Park marks the conclusion of the march. Event Details: OCLF May Day March & Rally Date:  Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Time:  8:30 AM Location: St. Boniface Church – 120 N. Janss St. Anaheim, CA 92805 ### If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kathia Canlas at 714.385.1534 or email at

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26 Apr Happy Retirement Chris McCormack

It is with mixed emotions that OC Labor Federation announce the retirement of Chris McCormack, our bookkeeper. She has provided us with 16 years of devoted service. Chris’s attention to detail, while keeping the broader picture in mind, has been invaluable. Her willingness to put in extra time and effort to help us meet deadlines has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that we have come to depend upon.  She will be sorely missed and impossible to replace. Happy Retirement Chris!      ...

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16 Apr Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

On May 12th, marks the 26th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving - the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave non- perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12th and your letter carrier will do the rest. These donations will go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in need. Click here to find the phone number for your local post office. 2017 Food Drive Results  ...

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Join the Orange County Labor Federation as we officially kick-off our Phone Bank and Precinct Walk on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Come support our Brother Joe Kerr, candidate for OC Board of Supervisors, and support Senator Josh Newman standing together to Stop the Recall, as we fight for ALL working people in Orange County. Event Details: Date:  Saturday, April 14, 2018 Time:  9 AM - 1 PM Location: OC Labor Federation - 309 N. Rampart St. Suite A, Orange, CA 92868 We look forward to your support and participation!  To RSVP, please call George Doctorian at (714)385-1534...

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ORANGE, CA, March 7, 2018:  The Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF) is pleased to introduce Gloria Alvarado as the OCLF’s new interim executive director. Gloria brings a unique balance of mission focus, analytical depth, and steadiness to OCLF. “I am grateful to the board and delegates for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization, which is not only transforming the lives of working people in Orange County, but also building worker power through union organizing, political education and leadership training programs that give working people a voice to improve their lives.” ### If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kathia Canlas at 714.385.1534 or email at 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 PDF...

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