Los Angeles County Federation of Labor May 2017

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
May 2017

  Brother Abdul Johnson delivered the invocation. New delegates were sworn in. Very few people showed up.
The County Fed is moving forward with its Strategic Plan to Los Angeles is bidding on the 2024 Olympics. Bids are due in September.  
  The May Day march had tens of thousands of supporters. There is a lot of concern among the unions about a potential Anti-Worker Legislation (aka national right to work laws).
  May Day was International Workers day. 
  Rusty Hicks showed a video of news clips reports on the May Day march organized by LACFED's Director of Operations Priscilla Cheng.
Hicks spoke on the need for organizing, labor/community partnership, and the labor movement getting its local house in order.   
  The letter carrier’s food drive was this past Saturday. They collected over a million pounds of food (still counting) and need help sorting (see below to sign up).
Thousands of families need help in our area and this will help them get through the summer.
  Devin Osiri, LACFED's Political Director, reported on the May 16th runoff election in Los Angeles. The Fed endorses Gil Cedillo, Monica Rodriguez,  and School Board candidates Steve Zimmer and Imelda Padilla. This has been the first $11 million dollar school board election to try to keep public education win its battle against the privatized charter school movement. The Walton/Walmart family alone has spent $750,000 trying to privatize LA's  school system. Vote! (Note: The City Council election resulted in the Fed’s endorsed candidates winning seats. However, the LA School Board candidates were defeated by the candidates backed by conservatives). 
  Rusty Hicks spoke on the need for the Democrats to seize the 60 plus swing seats in the U.S. House of congress in the 2018 election.  There will be an education campaign to show voters in Republican districts why they should flip their seats. July’s meeting will kick off requests for help to get planning committees going.  
  Radio stations SBS and La Raza are refusing to negotiate with the unions. SBS has illegally fired 8 workers trying to organize a union. 
Sat July 15 Labor United for Universal Healthcare is having their annual picnic.
  Www.labor411.com has a listing of union made goods and services. American and union made goods and promoting ethical buying. 
  Labor studies classes on workplace safety, worker rights, collective bargaining and union messaging etc. available at LA Trade Tech. info at http:college.lattc.edu/laborcenter  or (213) 763-7129.  Scholarships for spring 2017 semester available. 
  Bennett Kaiser of UTLA (retired) is running for exec board of CALPERS to make sure there is a voice for retired teachers on the board on decisions on pensions.  
  Single payer healthcare has had a huge upsurge as SB562 has passed out of committee. Please call your state senator and voice your support. There will be a meeting June 1st at the Fed for universal healthcare. Call the Fed office if you want to attend.
  The SOFA, Society of Financial Awareness offers free seminars on financial literacy and workshops to groups to educate the community. Info : [email protected]  http://sofausa.org
  November will once again bring Homewalk for Homeless Vets. If anyone is interested in putting together a fundraising team from the local to participate in Homewalk, the November 5k run/walk United Way fundraiser to help homeless vets. Exposition Park Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles 90037 Contact Margarita Chavez at [email protected] or (213) 985-1987 for info on organizing a team. 
  AFL -CIO Labor Community services has help for union members in need. Utilities, rent, groceries. info: www.laborcommunityservicesla.org
  The first union car wash in LA is now being run by the employees. The co-op took over when the owner ran away to S. Korea with the payroll, vanished in the night. Vermont-Gage Car Wash. It is the first worker co-op car wash in the world. Stop in and have your car waxed. 
  May 15- June 30th.  Volunteers are needed to sort Food Drive donations for the next four weeks, in two shifts; 8am-noon and noon-4 pm, following the food drive. To volunteer go to www.laborcommunityservicesla.org (go to forms click food drive) or call Margarita Chavez at 213-985-1987. Sorting is at Salvation Army 5600 Rickenbacker Rd, Bell, CA 90201 Bldg 1C  Free parking and snacks provided. All help appreciated so bring the family.  Or just show up.
  For list of endorsed candidates and elections: http://launionaflcio.org/endorsement  
  Sunday May 21st : 3:30-6:30 there will be a memorial for labor leader Leslie Versikoff at the Musicians Local 37 on Vine in Hollywood. She dedicated her life to the labor movement and social justice. Please join if you are available. 
  Monday May 22nd San Pedro Maritime Remembrance Day. To honor World War Two maritime workers who supplied the troops. 
  Tuesday May 23rd , 9:00 am and 1:00pm  Help is needed for Voter Registration of new Californians following their swearing in as Americans. Downtown Convention Center. Call the L.A. County Fed 213 985-1987 to volunteer. There will be food! 
  Thursday June 1st, Labor United for Universal Healthcare meeting at the LA County Fed. Call the office for time. 
  Friday June 2nd, 8pm. Union night at the theater $20 tickets to "The Sweetheart Deal" at LATC .   RSVP to [email protected]
  Saturday July 15th, Labor United for Universal Healthcare picnic. 
  June 24th, Teamsters Local 399 Classic Car and motorcycle show at LA trade Tech.  They need people with cars and motorcycles. There will be a kids’ area and a beer garden. Info at  WWW.HT399.org or call 818 985-7374. 
  Friday August 11th, 7:10 pm. Union Night at Dodgers Stadium.  $27 Dodgers tickets  [email protected] 

May, 2017
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