With so many companies following the Walmart model of pursuing policies that put profits for the 1% above the needs of working families, it's a challenge to use your own spending decisions to protect and expand the middle class. But Labor 411 is on the job and they keep making your job easier. Today marks the release of the seventh edition of Labor 411 Los Angeles!
In a vote that establishes one of the highest living wages in the country, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12–3 to establish a $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers. The historic victory was the culmination of two years in a row of hard work by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), UNITE HERE Local 11 and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and organizers say it will lift up many working families living in difficult financial situations while the L.A. hotel and tourism industries are booming. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor said that this victory sets the stage for a broader minimum wage increase.
Mother’s Day is less than a week away (May 11), so you have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice tribute for Mom that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out.
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is inviting Pope Francis to visit the city to see how low-wage workers in the United States are struggling in a stagnant economy. A letter from the federation's executive secretary-treasurer, María Elena Durazo, praises the pope for his support for paying workers a living wage. Working family supporters from around the country are encouraged to sign the letter.
More than 50 Walmart workers and community, faith and union supporters—including María Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor—were arrested Wednesday night protesting Walmart’s low wages and alleged retaliation against workers speaking out for change.
Union leaders and activists from around the country in Los Angeles on Sept. 8 for the AFL-CIO Convention will get a close look at a regional labor movement with membership numbers holding steady or even slightly increasing.
Compare this with much of the United States where the percentage of workers represented by unions is dropping rapidly and persistently.
In Bakersfield, Calif., on Wednesday, thousands rallied outside the office of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) in support of a comprehensive immigration policy that includes a road map to citizenship. Republican leaders say they will not bring up the bill that was passed by the Senate, but instead will focus on several smaller immigration bills. María Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said there will be consequences if House Republicans block the Senate bill.
Tomorrow, hundreds of cars from more than 30 California cities will join a caravan to Bakersfield to visit Rep. Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) office to tell him to support an immigration policy with a road map to citizenship. This is the first of many activities in support of a new immigration policy that California's working families are planning.
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor sends us this piece on why two members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) are joining the caravan—with the support of their employer.
On Aug. 14, hundreds of cars from more than 30 California cities will join in a caravan to Bakersfield to visit Congressman Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) office to tell him to support an immigration policy with a road map to citizenship. This is the first of many activities in support of a new immigration policy that California's working families are planning.
Not in California? Text NOW to 235246 to tell House Speaker Boehner you want a vote on citizenship. Standard data and messaging rates may apply.
It's not every day a former manufacturing hub for middle-class jobs gets to reinvent itself after the factories and plants shut down and ship off. But that's exactly what's happening in Long Beach, Calif., in Los Angeles County.