One year ago, in December, 2018, a global network of union and worker rights lawyers and advocates was launched — the International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW) Network. With workers more…
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Although the short-term effect of today’s decision is to throw 17 million public sector workers into uncertainty, it is also possible that Janus v. AFSCME will serve as a turning point for both a reinvigorated politics of labor and a revitalized conversation about the importance of the public sector to our social compact. Both our economy and our democracy depend on what happens next.
Perhaps the most important effect of a strong labor movement is the countervailing force it poses to the corporate sector in the political and public policy arenas. This effect is clearly visible in California. With the support and backing of labor, California has passed ambitious laws promoting the rights of workers—union and nonunion alike—as well as policies advancing the common good broadly.
A new study from UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education shows that California’s unions have had a strong impact on working families, regardless of union status, through their engagement in public policy. The third brief in a series, the findings were released as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue a ruling in Janus v. AFSCME that threatens to weaken public sector unions.
In this report, we present data for the state of California on the union advantage in wages and employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits for women, workers of color, and immigrants.
May 31, 2018
A Three-Part Series: The Union Effect in California
January 24, 2020
Worker Rights Lawyers Launch New Global Network — International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW)
February 8, 2020
Are You Serious About Winning? LIVE with Jane McAlevey
June 10, 2020
Jane McAlevey’s Vision for the Future of American Labor
June 27, 2018
What comes next? Janus v. AFSCME
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As researchers at UC Berkeley’s Labor Center have noted in a recent report, “there is strong evidence that worker voice on the job has a positive impact on compliance. Unionized workers know more about health and safety risks and their rights under the law and are more likely to report violations because they have better protection from unfair dismissals.”
Jane explains the door-knocking Democrats should do, why the left needs more than a Labor Secretary, and how to take lessons from union elections, since they’re models of voter suppression.
But winning the election is like gaining recognition for a union. Now the real work starts.
Prop 22 exempts the gig companies from AB5, and instead creates a “third category” of independent contractors with a few perks. Drivers will now receive limited health benefits, but only for those who log enough hours, and an hourly pay “guarantee” that a UC Berkeley Labor Center study found to be worth $5.64.