5-11-2020 Labor Policy Wins, COVID-19 Relief Effort Updates & Action Alerts

(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, and Hilda Solis, and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

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

But there is more work to be done! Please take action by clicking the links at the bottom of this email and sign on in support of workers across Los Angeles County.)

Since COVID-19 Began, Labor Has Won...

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.

To learn more about it, join us for Labor's Voice on our Facebook Live 5/11 at 7 PM PST (more info in article below).

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.

Labor's Voice: Right to Recall & Retention (Facebook Live)

Join us on Monday, May 11 on the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Facebook page as we kick-off Labor Voices, a labor education series featuring the voices of workers, labor leaders, community leaders, and educators to promote inspiring ideas to advance policy change in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.


This week we will be covering the historic right to recall & retention legislation passed in the City of Los Angeles and how it will protect tens of thousands of workers across the city.



  • Ron Herrera, President, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Susan Minato, Co-President, UNITE HERE Local 11
  • David Huerta, President, SEIU United Service Workers West
  • Kent Wong, Director, UCLA Labor Center


LA Labor Continues COVID-19 Relief Efforts

To date, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor with our nonprofit partner Labor Community Services, in partnership with Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, has fed over 30,000 families at 20 food distributions across Los Angeles County! And we could never have done it without the help of all of our amazing volunteers from across different unions and organizations who have truly shown up for working families and our community. We are #UnionStrong. (If you are interested in volunteering, click here: https://bitly.com/lalaborvolunteer)

Thank you to each and every union local and elected official who has partnered with us in these efforts.

We are having two more Mother's Day food distributions for the community tomorrow, Saturday May 9th from 9 AM - 12 PM:

Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Office)

2130 James M Wood Blvd

Los Angeles, California 90006

*NOTE: This Food Distribution is walk-in only. Masks are required*

For details, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/379880506298460/

Long Beach (Jordan High School)

6500 Atlantic Ave

Long Beach, CA 90805

For details, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/176467836930976/

Join the LA Labor Volunteer Corps

We have hundreds of thousands of highly skilled union members in this county - Los Angeles is a uniontown. Together, with our combined skills, we can make a difference for our community.

Join the relief efforts by taking part in the LA Labor Volunteer Corps, organized by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor: https://bitly.com/lalaborvolunteer

Action Alert

HealthyLB: Vote to Enact Protect Workers - Council File 20-0320

May 12th will be an important meeting with implications for workers in Long Beach.


The Long Beach City Council will be voting to enact ordinances on:


  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Worker Retention
  • Worker Right of Recall

They unanimously voted on April 14th to move forward with these proposals. The momentum and support is there. We need your help to get this across the finish line. If there ever was a time where your help was needed, it's now.


Send a letter to the Long Beach City Council and Mayor asking them to enact these critical worker protections: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/vote-to-enact-protect-workers


Support LA County Action to Protect Workers


The COVID-19 pandemic is hurting working families - physically, economically, and emotionally. LA County leaders have taken strong steps to help protect our region's well-being, with more urgently needed. Corporate interests are lobbying hard against policies to protect workers, and the Board of Supervisors need to hear your support for bold action! Let's pass county-wide sick leave, permanent retention and recall so those laid-off can get their jobs back, and expand support for immigrant workers.


Sign on to the letter here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/la-county-action-to-protect-workers

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Los Angeles, CA 90006





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Burbank, CA 91506

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