Since COVID-19 Began, Los Angeles Labor Has Won…

05/15/2020

Thank you to our elected officials who have worked with us to pass policies protecting workers: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council under the leadership of Council President Nury Martinez, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with policies championed by Supervisors Mark Ridley Thomas, Janice Hahn, Hilda Solis, and Sheila Kuehl, as well as Long Beach officials Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmembers Mary Zendejas, Rex Richardson, and Jeannine Pearce, and the entire Long Beach City Council.

And thank you to each and everyone of YOU for standing up for workers of all industries and making your voices heard.

Right of Recall & Retention!

In a unanimous vote on April 29, the Los Angeles City Council passed the most progressive worker policy to date during the COVID-19 crisis, helping tens of thousands of hospitality, airport and commercial maintenance workers in the city of Los Angeles. The Worker Retention and Right of Recall policies allow displaced workers, in two of the hardest-hit industries, to return to their jobs once the economy begins to settle, and the rehiring process begins. Additional retention requirements were included to prevent mass layoffs of workers, who have spent their entire lives building the American Dream, in the event that their place of business is sold to another owner.

On May 12, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted Right of Recall and Worker Retention policies to protect workers in the janitorial, maintenance, security service, and hospitality industries in unincorporated Los Angeles County during this pandemic. The “Right of Recall” ordinance ensures that workers who are laid off due to the pandemic have first right of recall to their jobs, when their employer is ready to bring employees back. The “Worker Retention” ordinance ensures that workers would get to keep their jobs in the event the business they work for gets sold because of the pandemic.

On May 12, Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a similar slate of ordinances that will require business owners to prioritize laid-off hotel and janitorial employees to be rehired when business picks back up after the pandemic; hotels or commercial property businesses that undergo a change in ownership to continue to prioritize former employees for hiring; and all companies that employ more than 500 people nationwide to offer paid sick leave for employees impacted by the coronavirus, which includes needing to care for a child because childcare is unavailable.

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave!

On March 27, the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance requiring employers with 500 or more employees to provide 80 hours of paid sick leave.

On April 7, Mayor Garcetti signed the COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave legislation.

On April 28, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an interim urgency ordinance requiring employers with 500 or more employees to provide supplemental paid leave for COVID-19-related reasons.

Worker Protections!

On March 27, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to give grocery and drug store workers increased flexibility in scheduling and access to full-time work while Los Angeles is under the State and City emergency orders. Fourteen days of sick leave was extended to these workers as well.

On April 7, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the Worker Protection Order requiring employers in the City of Los Angeles to provide PPE to workers and opportunities to sanitize, ensure social distancing, and make sure customers wear face coverings.

On April 10, the City of Long Beach issued an amendment to the existing “Safer at Home” Order, mandating essential businesses to prepare, post and implement a Social Distancing Protocol at all operating facilities.

On April 14, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an interim urgency ordinance to protect retail grocery, drug store and food delivery platform workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, in un-incorporated LA County.