It’s the holiday season in Southern California. Not only can you count on residents complaining about the weather dipping below 60 degrees, you can also bet on Angelinos and visitors alike getting in the spirit of the holidays—by the beach. It’s a good time of year to kick back and have some fun with friends and family, all while supporting good local jobs.
Carwasheros, workers in the car wash industry who are coming together to make change, in two cities are taking to the streets and AFL-CIO Union Summer interns are standing side by side in solidarity with them in Los Angeles and New York City.
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
It’s not surprising that actors in small theaters (99 seats or fewer) in Los Angeles earn far less than the movie and TV mega-salaries we’re so familiar with. But it is shocking that these hardworking actors are paid as little as $7 to $15 a performance—and nothing for rehearsal—for shows that can run as long as 80 performances with as many as 36 hours a week of rehearsal.
With more than a dozen
local carwashes now unionized
, Los Angeles workers are leading the way for union carwashes. The 133 new unionized carwasheros are represented by the
United Steelworkers Local 675
. The carwash owners where these employees work also have agreed by contract to comply with all labor, health and safety regulations and give their workers a 2% raise. Workers are now able to enforce these working standards by themselves through a grievance procedure.
This Friday, the Los Angeles Black Worker Center (BWC) is holding its first-ever
Black Workers Congress
to bring workers and the Los Angeles community together to build support and share knowledge to transform the jobs crisis in communities of color.
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.
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.
While, according to official government
, union density declined last year, there were a handful of states that actually saw an increase in membership. California placed at the top of this list.