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California Leaders Announce Historic Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

California Leaders Announce Historic Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

History was made this week. California Gov. Jerry Brown joined legislative leaders, workers and unions to announce a deal on legislation to make California the first state in America to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. This day was a long time in the making. Worker-led movements like Fight for 15, labor unions and community groups have been gathering momentum for several years on this issue.

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California Is a 'No ALEC Zone'

California Is a 'No ALEC Zone'

The most powerful, well-funded corporate special interest front group in America is coming to California this month. The mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is simple: shower the 1% with special privileges and advantages at the expense of everyone else. ALEC's agenda is an affront to progress. It’s an affront to basic rights. It’s an affront to democracy.

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Building Immigrant Worker Power

If you are organizing workers in California, it’s likely you are organizing immigrant workers. It’s also very likely the employer has threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement when the workers begin to assert their rights and talk about forming a union. Employers too often use the threat of deportation as a form of intimidation, harassment and retaliation against workers and their families. Nothing chills an organizing drive quicker than the threat of calling ICE; it can separate workers from their children, parents and spouses. 

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Jay-Z Asks California Audience to Support Prison Reform Ballot Measure

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Megastar rapper Jay-Z doesn't throw his clout behind political causes too often, but when he does, it has the potential to influence his huge audience. In a performance at the Rose Bowl last week, he asked members of the California audience to support Prop. 47 in November.

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Los Angeles Becomes the First City with More Than a Dozen Unionized Carwashes

Los Angeles Becomes the First City with More Than a Dozen Unionized Carwashes

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. 

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California’s Unions Step Up for Veterans

California’s Unions Step Up for Veterans

My grandfather, a member of what Tom Brokaw coined the “greatest generation,” was a chief petty officer in the US Navy during World War II, fighting along so many others for nothing less than freedom itself. He made it back. Many of those he served with did not.

Upon returning home, he needed a job. While looking for work is never easy, he found meaningful employment first as a police officer in Washington state and then later at Caltrans in the San Joaquin Valley. Back then, putting veterans to work was a priority. Government partnered with labor unions and employers to create a pathway to careers for veterans who bravely served our country, defending the freedoms many take for granted today.

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FPPC Levies Record Fines Against Dark Money Group

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission today sent a strong message to shadowy out-of-state special-interest groups and donors trying to influence our state’s elections by levying record fines for contributions to committees that supported Prop. 32 and opposed Prop. 30.

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15 Big Victories for California's Working Families

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With House Republicans in Congress holding lifelines for working families hostage and irresponsibly shutting down the country, it's hard not to be pessimistic about the state of the country. But in California, working families, Democrats and allies have set an example of how not only we can win some of these battles, but how we make progress. 

Read more from the California Labor Federation: Close of Legislative Session Brings Real Gains to California Workers

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