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25 Jan Orange County Labor Federation will continue to build power for working people and stand up against any injustice wherever it appears

Jan. 25, 2018 - Following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, delegates for the Orange County Labor Federation on Thursday voted to terminate the employment of Executive Director Julio Perez effective immediately. The investigation was initiated in October following allegations posted on Face book as part of the #metoo movement regarding Mr. Perez's alleged conduct. OCLF hired an independent attorney to conduct the investigation, and that attorney reported credible testimony from multiple women whose allegations ranged from inappropriate comments to inappropriate sexual activity in the workplace and retaliation. Based on the findings and recommendations of the independent attorney investigator, OCLF took action to terminate Mr. Perez Thursday night in accordance with its bylaws. "There is no place for sexual harassment in the labor movement, and tonight's vote is consistent with the values union members fight for every day," said Jennifer Beuthin, who was designated under OCLF policies as the investigation's liaison. "Together, we will continue to build power for working people in Orange County, stand up against injustice wherever it appears, and remain a strong partner in the communities where we live and work." PDF...

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12 Nov Immigrants gripped by deportation fears with Trump election

Immigrants gripped by deportation fears with Trump election By ASTRID GALVAN and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES PHOENIX (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump launched his candidacy on an anti-immigrant sentiment and has vowed to repeal a key Obama administration program that shields hundreds of thousands of people from deportation. Now, many immigrants in the country illegally, or with relatives who are, fear deportation and separation from their families. In immigrant-heavy areas like Los Angeles and Phoenix, activists are scrambling to provide informational meetings for immigrants to help them protect themselves from deportation. Others want legal immigrants to apply for citizenship so they can eventually obtain legal status for relatives. "The more we can naturalize people and stabilize our families and root our communities the better," said Julio Perez, executive director of California's Orange County Labor Federation, which is sponsoring naturalization events in response to the election. Here are stories from some immigrants who fear what a Trump presidency could bring. WORKING NOW BUT FEARING DEPORTATION Thirty-two-year-old Karina Ruiz is one of 741,000 immigrants benefiting from the program launched by President Barack Obama called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. It allows young adults to get work permits, social security numbers and protects them from deportation. The Phoenix mother of three says deferred action allowed her to work and graduate with a biochemistry degree from Arizona State University in 2015. She hopes to be a pharmacist one day. But Trump has promised to end DACA, and Ruiz fears she could be sent to Mexico and separated from her U.S.-born children. "I'm not giving up DACA so easily, not going down without a fight," Ruiz said. WORRIED PARENTS WILL BE SENT TO MEXICO Michael Nazario, a 27-year-old community activist from Phoenix, is shielded by DACA and married to an American citizen, which should allow him to get permanent residency soon. He came to the U.S. with his parents illegally when he was three and didn't find out about his legal status until he tried to enlist in the Marine Corps and could not do so without a social security card. All four of Nazario's siblings were born in the U.S. and his parents would probably have been eligible to stay under an expansion of Obama's DACA program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. But the program was challenged in court and never went into effect. Trump also opposes it. Nazario said a grassroots effort to make sure the program stays in place is now necessary to ensure his parents can stay in Phoenix. "I feel bothered by this election but it only inspires me to just keep going forward because what's at stake is not only my deferred action but my family as well, my father, my mother and the 11 million immigrants all across the country," Nazario said. ASPIRING LAWYER FEARS DEPORTATION TO SOUTH KOREA Matt Lee's parents brought him on a tourist visa to Southern California from South Korea when he was 13. Now 25, he has a college biology degree and wants to attend law school so he can become a patent lawyer. He was among the first to apply for the DACA program and now works legally, helping other South Koreans fill out immigration forms. But his dreams of becoming a lawyer are clouded by Trump's vow to get rid of DACA. Other young immigrants have told him they fear they will be tracked down for deportation because the federal government has their names and addresses, courtesy of their DACA applications. One mother said she is pulling her daughter out of a study abroad program in China to get the daughter back into the U.S. before Trump takes office, Lee said. "People are not sure if Trump will definitely carry out what he said because it is a crazy idea," he said. "Now the crazy idea of him being elected — that happened. Nothing is certain." NO GREEN CARD WITHOUT A RETURN TO MEXICO Dora Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. illegally for 27 years but has still managed to raise her two U.S.-born children and work at a money transfer business in Santa Ana, California. More than 75 percent of the city's residents are Latino, and nearly half of them were born abroad. Rodriguez said her daughter is now an adult, and could sponsor Rodriguez for permanent residency. But Rodriguez, in her 40s, would have to return to Mexico to apply and risk staying there for years to get her papers, leaving behind her teenage son in the U.S. She remembers anti-immigration sentiment in the 1990s in California but that didn't get her deported. She said she doubted much would end up changing under a Trump presidency. "When (former California Governor) Pete Wilson was here, I heard the same ...

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05 Nov GOTV Time!

Join your union siblings from the Orange County Labor Federation to get our endorsed candidates elected! OCLF will be open Saturday - Sunday from 9 AM t0 8 PM and Monday - Tuesday 8 AM - 8 PM. Take Action and Get The Vote Out!  ...

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28 Jun Labor Day Celebration

Join the Orange County Labor Federation to celebrate Labor Day!  Together we’re helping to lead a movement for good jobs, strong communities, where people are valued, respected and given a voice at work to support and provide for their families. To RSVP the event please contact OC Labor Federation at 714.385.1534 For sponsorship opportunity please call Joline Cruz or Kathia Canlas at 714.385.1534. Sponsorship Form LABOR DAY Event Flyer    ...

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14 Jun Book Signing: America’s Social Arsonist

Book Signing: America's Social Arsonist Have you ever heard of Fred Ross Sr.? If not, join us for a fascinating gathering of labor and community leaders about one of California's most accomplished and trend setting organizers. Great history recounted as one of the best books on California history hits our shelves. The Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid Farm Workers would like to invite you to attend a Book Signing on Wednesday, June 15. Here are the details: Fred Ross, America's Social Arsonist Book Party When:  Wednesday, June 15, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Where:  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 309 N. Rampart, Suite M. Orange or Wednesday, June 15, from 7:00 pm-8:30pm at Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine Please RSVP by emailing sdarweesh@aol.com ...

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19 Apr Unity Walk

Unity Walk Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016 Time: Breakfast at 9:30 AM Walk starts at 10AM Location: 309 N. Rampart St. Suite A, Orange, CA 92868 For more information, please call our office at 714.385.1534...

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15 Apr Candidate Academy: July 21, 2016

OCLF Candidate Academy Date: July 21,2016 Time: 4:30PM - 8PM Location: UFCW 324 - 8530 Stanton Ave. Buena Park, CA 90620 We realize that not every candidate understands the issue facing organized labor and working families. Our Candidate Academy is designed to familiarize candidates with political and policy priorities for working families throughout Orange County. To be considered for endorsement by the Orange County Labor Federation, candidates must complete one academy session. Topics Covered: Preserving Quality Public Education Prevailing Wages & Project Labor Agreements Contracting Out & Its Effect on the Labor Economy Big Box Retailers: What do they bring with them? Health Care in California Please RSVP to Joline Cruz at 714.385.1534 or email at Joline@oclabor.org *Dinner and refreshments will be provided....

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15 Apr Citizenship Fair

Amazing turn out at Citizenship Fair at Southwest Senior Center in Santa Ana last Saturday, April 9th. The event provided direct one-on-one assistance to more than 550 legal immigrants with free legal advice on Naturalization Process, assistance in filling out N-400 form, information on DACA and DAPA, citizenship courses and educational materials. The event was made possible thorough partnership with the City of Santa Ana, Orange County Labor Federation, the Public Law Center, NALEO, and OCCORD....

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05 Feb Meet Julio Perez

Have you ever heard of the Spanish Word “Ganas?" The Spanish word “ganas” is best translated into English into the words “will” or “desire.” It is also the best way to describe the Orange County Labor Federation’s Executive Director, Julio Perez. Having “ganas” is not just about wanting something though, it is more about working your butt of for it! “Orange County ranks 4th in the number of millionaires we have. There is no reason why workers in Orange County should not be sharing in that wealth and prosperity.” It is clear Julio learned his “ganas” from his working class family in the working class barrio of Tijuanita, Anaheim. Just under the shadow of the mammoth Disneyland resort Julio’s entire neighborhood marveled at the wealth and prosperity of Disneyland while their families struggled to make ends meet. Born to immigrant parents from Jalisco, Mexico, Julio quickly learned the value of hard work and community. It has led the direction he has chosen to take his life in. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Julio began his career at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) as a policy analyst where he worked to implement labor standards, living wages and responsible contracting at local municipalities.  But Julio caught his political bug working at Strengthening Our Lives (SOL), at the time the largest Latino political action committee in the nation. After several important victories at SOL Julio took his first Union job at SEIU’s United Health Care Workers West as a political organizer where he saw first hand the interception between quality pay and standards for health care workers and quality health care for all of us. In 2009 Julio became the Political Director at the Orange County Labor Federation under Tefere Gebre then the Executive Director. But Sometimes Julio’s gains take him too far and in 2012 Julio ran for California’s 69th Assembly District seat falling just a few hundred votes of shocking the Calif0ornia Political establishment. Thankfully, Julio is still here with us doing the more important work of building a powerful labor federation. After Tefere’s appointment as a National Executive Office at the AFL of CIO, Julio’s “ganas” proved to be what the Orange County Labor Federation needed  in a new Executive Director. Julio sees his job very simply, “there is no reason all workers in Orange County should be sharing in the wealth and prosperity of the 4th wealthiest county in America.” Julio has a collaborative and fresh view of his role, especially here in Orange County.  Julio’s commitment to the progressive movement is seen through his work developing cooperative partnerships and coalitions throughout Orange County. In the past Julio has served on the board of El Centro Cultural de Mexico, being a founding member of the OC Immigration Coalition, Los Amigos de Orange County, AD 69th Delegate for the Democratic Party, OC RISE-UP, Chancellor’s Latino Advisory Committee for the North Orange County Community College District, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, working as an advisor to Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations and many others. Julio currently serves of the Board of Directors of OCCORD, the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, Vice Chair of the Labor Caucus for the California Democratic Party, is VP of the Young Workers of California and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee for both the California Labor Federation and the AFL-CIO....

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