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08 Nov LABOR LEADERS, WORKERS URGE REJECTION OF TRUMP TAX BREAKS FOR WEALTHY

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, NOV. 9 Contact: Kathia Canlas 714.385.1534 Cell 714.883.5744 kathia@oclabor.org   LABOR LEADERS, WORKERS URGE REJECTION OF TRUMP TAX BREAKS FOR WEALTHY   ORANGE, CA - The Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF) will host a press conference in response to the Trump-GOP Tax plan that provides the wealthy with massive tax breaks at the expense of the middle class and working people. The Trump-GOP tax bill is a job killer that gives billions of dollars in tax breaks to companies that profit and outsource jobs. American Federation of Teachers international president Randi Weingarten will join California Labor Federation leader Art Pulaski and workers from Orange County to urge Orange County members of Congress to reject this ill-conceived proposal.   The OCLF, alongside 90+ labor unions, faith and community allies stand with working families and will fight every attempt by the Trump administration to cut services and programs that working families rely on, such as healthcare, social security, Pell Grants and financial aid to help students afford college by taking money out of the pockets of working families by slashing taxes for millionaires and billionaires.   WHAT: Press conference to stop Trump tax cuts for wealthy WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM WHERE: OC Labor Federation, 309 N. Rampart St. Suite A, Orange, CA 92868 WHY: To respond to Trump -GOP Tax Bill and to put a spotlight on the giveaways to the wealthiest in the country.   # # #   If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kathia Canlas at 714.385.1534 or email at kathia@oclabor.org. 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, strong communities and upward mobility for our communities....

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28 Mar Mike Garcia: A Legacy of Organizing

Posted in Blog: Labor Edge Mike Garcia: A Legacy of Organizing March 28, 2017 Fearless. That was Mike Garcia. In his nearly 40 years with the labor movement, Mike never backed down from a fight. He was fierce, passionate and unwaveringly committed to social and economic justice, especially for low-wage workers most in need of a voice on the job. Mike passed away over the weekend after an illness. Today, the entire California labor movement mourns his loss with his family, friends and brothers and sisters at SEIU-USWW. Mike’s career in labor began in 1980, organizing janitors in multiple cities. To Mike, organizing wasn’t a job; it was a calling. Immigrant janitors are among the workers most in danger of exploitation. Giving those workers a voice was the driving force of his career. As the leader of SEIU local 1877, Mike led success organizing campaigns for janitors at tech behemoths like Oracle and Apple.  In 2000, Mike led a three-week strike of janitors in Los Angeles, a bold action that led to dramatic gains for those workers and was the impetus for a powerful movement of low-wage workers in LA that continues to this day. Mike didn’t organize from behind a desk. He organized in the streets.  At the worksite.  At the homes of his members. It was a 24-hour, 365-day job. That’s what his members loved about him. He wasn’t just their leader. He was their friend. He was one of them. His fierce commitment to worker justice led to the expansion of Local 1877, and in 2010, Mike became the leader of a new 40,000-member strong statewide union representing property service workers, SEIU-USWW. Mike was also a powerful voice for all workers through his role on the Labor Federation’s executive council. Mike would challenge us to be bolder, to take risks and to never forget that at the core, we’re all organizers. His leadership helped unions lead the fight to defeat Meg Whitman in 2010, electing Jerry Brown as Governor. While there were many things to admire about Mike – his tenacity, his drive, his strategic mind, his compassion – his legacy is grounded in his ability to get his members to believe that anything is possible when they stand together to take on powerful forces aligned against them. Under Mike’s leadership, a union of immigrants rose to become one of the strongest voices for worker rights and social justice in the state of California. Those members believed in Mike, and Mike got them to believe in themselves, no matter the odds. Mike was a friend. He was a brother. And he was one hell of an organizer. While we mourn his passing, we know his spirit lives on in the hearts of every immigrant and worker who organized for justice. It lives on with every family lifted out of poverty because they got a union on the job. It lives on through the social justice movements Mike helped build, that gave voice to the voiceless and power to the exploited and vulnerable. We’ll miss you dearly, Mike. There will never be another like you. — In lieu of flowers, Mike’s wishes were for contributions to be made to the “Building Skills Partnership” C/O Mike Garcia Scholarship Fund 828 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015 in order to help SEIU members’ children attend college.  (Tax deductible )  For more info, please email info@buildingskills.org Information on services for Mike Garcia: TBA Posted in Blog: Labor Edge ...

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