By: Ron Herrera and Adrian Martinez

Working-class communities across California are in crisis. Income inequality is at an all-time high, and our environment is suffering the consequences of decades of unmitigated pollution. As the freight and e-commerce industries saw record profits over the course of the last year, working families contributing to this bustling economy struggled to survive — all while they breathed some of the worst air pollution in the nation near California’s ports.

Nowhere is this disparity more evident than at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where a workforce of predominantly Latino immigrant drivers hauls…


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Working people in the United States have faced a deadly assault by wealthy corporate interests and anti-worker politicians, with devastating effects: income inequality, erosion of the middle class, and workers seeking to improve their lives face an uphill battle when it comes to organizing and forming unions.

We need government officials who have experience in empowering marginalized workers and believe in pursuing justice for the common good of our nation. California Labor Secretary Julie Su is such a person, and I applaud President Biden’s selection for our nation’s next Deputy…


The American people made a statement this election by turning out in record numbers. Even with the threat of the pandemic, we have seen record-level turnout, amplifying the need for restraint from any premature victory announcements.

In many states, ballots could not be counted until Election Day, even for early voting, leaving these states with the monumental task of tallying up the votes. While this is normal in every election, record turnout will cause the process to take significantly longer. …


We are living in a critical moment in our nation’s history. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives due to a global pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen. Millions of workers are unemployed and are struggling to pay their bills, feed their children, and keep a roof over their heads. We continue to see demonstrations of racism at the highest levels of government and the continued mistreatment of people of color. Now, more than ever, we are in need of bold elected leaders that have the courage to fight for working people. …


Today, the Labor Movement joins millions across our country in celebrating Juneteenth and commemorating the official freeing of the last enslaved people in the United States.

Juneteenth is especially poignant and takes on a renewed sense of purpose this year. Millions of people have taken to the streets demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other unarmed Black people that have lost their lives. Though these murders sparked a global mobilization, the underlying problem has existed for centuries.

While slavery may have been abolished over 150 years ago, its horrendous legacy lives on through institutional systemic…


We are currently grappling with one of the most significant challenges in decades. The pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread across the globe and now presents a threat to the health of millions of working families.

While our nation struggles with this ordeal, it has been hard-working union members who have been the first line of defense, protecting and serving the public during this national health crisis. Nurses, teachers, sanitation workers, grocery and warehouse workers, UPS workers, and police and fire departments have all been critical in protecting the public health. They are the unsung heroes who ensure that…


The current situation with the Coronavirus has hit Los Angeles, leaving many in our community concerned and confused. As announcements stream in about emergency procedures and canceled events, we assure you that the Los Angeles Labor Movement is working around the clock to ensure our members are protected.

We would like to thank our brave union members on the frontlines, such as our healthcare workers, janitors, retail workers, and hospitality workers, for keeping Los Angeles safe and running smoothly.

Last week, Governor Newsom issued an executive order on the Coronavirus that includes waiving the one-week waiting period for unemployment and…


While Labor Unions are often fighting against tremendous odds in the twenty-first century, that does not mean that they have lost their ferocity and their willingness to fight to protect working people. This fighting spirit is currently being demonstrated by our Brothers and Sisters who are on strike against ASARCO in Texas and Arizona.

Union members who work hard every day as miners have taken on a multinational corporation with tentacles not only in the United States but across the globe. Companies have expanded across the globe, making it hard for a particular nation to hold them accountable to any…


The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, representing over 300 labor unions, will continue to work with CA Senator Kamala Harris in the fights ahead.

Earlier today, California Senator Kamala Harris announced the suspension of her presidential campaign. While we regret to hear that Senator Harris will no longer be in the race, the working people of Los Angeles are proud of the Senator for her bold leadership and for taking our California values to the national stage.

From the beginning, Senator Harris has remained steadfast in her support of the working people of this country by holding corporations accountable…


This past weekend, thousands of Angelenos gathered at Los Angeles State Historic Park to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fight against Proposition 187. Labor unions, elected officials, community members, and faith organizations broke bread, shared resources, and enjoyed an afternoon filled with music and fun activities.

While California is presently spoken of as a “Progressive Blue State” only a few decades ago, it was the breeding ground of anti-immigrant sentiment that spread throughout the country. …

Ron Herrera

President, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 396

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