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Press Releases

The California Labor Federation welcomes inquiries from the media regarding our legislative and political campaigns, and other issues of concern to California’s working families. For press inquiries, please contact Communications Director Steve Smith at 510-326-4644.

An archive of our press releases appear below. If you are interested in having our press releases delivered directly to your inbox, please send us an email or call (510) 663-4051.

Californians Deserve Better Than Another Rotten Trade Deal

Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski on announcement that a deal has been reached on negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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News affecting working people this week: September 28-October 2

News & highlights affecting working people this week: September 28-October 2

by Rachel Johnson

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Art Pulaski: Governor has opportunity to build on legacy of protecting workers with AB465

The clock is ticking on Governor Jerry Brown’s deadline to decide which bills from this legislative session he’ll sign into law. A bill promising to curtail a practice that’s both harmful to workers and disturbingly on the rise in workplaces across California is more than worthy of his signature. Mandatory arbitration waivers have been sneaked into countless piles of paperwork for workers to unknowingly sign their rights away on the job or when they’re first hired.

In a Sacramento Bee op-ed, California Labor Federation executive secretary-treasurer Art Pulaski describes how these waivers have been used to rob workers of their right to justice:

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OC Register Shines a Spotlight on Forced Arbitration

By Steve Smith

What would you do if your boss told you that either you sign away your rights or you won’t get your holiday bonus? That was the dilemma facing Steve Hamil, who worked as a machinist at a Southern California surgical device company.

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CA Speaker Atkins Joins Thousands to Protest Corporate Special Interest Group’s Annual Conference in

Broad Coalition Including Labor, Interfaith and Environmental Groups to Declare California a ‘No ALEC Zone’ at Confab that Features GOP Presidential Hopefuls

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