The LA Fed Advocates For Worker Protection Across CA

07/11/2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it has become even more transparent that corporations like big box retailers and gig economy companies are exploiting the very workers they are calling essential. It is also clear that we need game-changing solutions and more community investment for equitable economic recovery.

That is why the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has been working around the clock to advocate and push for legislation that will protect and improve the lives of workers, their families, and the community. 

This November, Slam the Brakes: Say NO to Prop 22

The Los Angeles labor movement says NO to Prop 22. Proposition 22 – a ballot initiative funded by $110 million from predatory gig companies Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart, and Postmates – will be on the November 3rd General Election ballot. 

The disingenuously named “Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act” will do exactly the opposite of what it claims to do. Instead of protecting drivers, this legal loophole would allow gig companies to make billions of dollars while abandoning their responsibility to pay for basic worker protections like unemployment insurance, Social Security, Medicare, and the life-saving protective equipment drivers, riders, and their families depend on to stay safe and healthy.

We have to send a strong message that Uber, Lyft, and other gig companies can’t use the ballot to rig the rules for themselves and keep denying workers wages, benefits, and workplace protections! Click here.

To read more about Prop 22, click here.

Los Angeles Labor Supports Public Banking for California (AB 310)

We commend CA Assemblymember Miguel Santiago for championing this game-changing legislation to bring equitable economic recovery to our communities.

“Assembly Bill 310 would set up a banking system owned and operated by the state rather than private investors…Assembly[member] Miguel Santiago, who co-authored the bill, says the bank would fill a void where Wall Street and the federal government have failed small businesses and underserved communities.” (via LAist)

To learn more about what a public bank would mean for the state of California and support this bill, click here.

Big Box Retailers: Stop Exploiting Warehouse Workers

AB 3056 guarantees restroom breaks for warehouse workers at big box retail companies like Amazon, Target, and Walmart without penalties of “Time Off Task”. AB 3056 would allow workers to wash their hands and use the restroom without fear of losing their jobs, putting an end to horrifying situations like those reported by Amazon warehouse workers using water bottles in lieu of the restroom.

We commend CA Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez for fighting for the health and safety of warehouse workers across the state with this bill, one that has already passed the CA Assembly and should be a no-brainer for our CA Senators who stand against the exploitation of workers.

Click here to learn more about AB 3056.

Put Schools & Communities First: Vote YES On Prop 15

Schools & Communities First ensures that our schools and communities come first – with the resources to educate all of our kids and the services to support all of our families. It closes commercial property tax loopholes benefiting a fraction of corporations and wealthy investors, without affecting homeowners or renters, and reclaims $12 billion every year to fund world-class schools and strengthen local economies to lift up all Californians. It’s time to invest in California’s future.

Click here to learn more and SAY YES to PROP 15.

Stand for Our Heroes with the HEROES Act

Keep up the pressure! We need to keep demanding that the U.S. Senate act on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The HEROES Act would provide $3 trillion in reliefthat working people desperately need—including the continuation of unemployment benefits through January 2021.

To take action and tell Congress to pass the HEROES Act, click here.