By Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, President Labor 411
Despite a November election that has left the country bitterly divided, the 2016 holiday season is no occasion for bitterness. As we near the end of another successful year in the ongoing fight for better wages, hours and benefits, our dedicated L.A. workers have reason for celebration. Highlights from 2016 include United Food and Commercial Workers agreeing on a new contract that protects more than 50,000 grocery workers, the creation of the Los Angeles Reentry Workforce Collaborative, the passage of the affordable housing and local jobs ballot measure Proposition JJJ, and citywide participation in the Day of Disruption in support of union rights and a higher minimum wage for workers across a spectrum of industries. Whatever the season, we can count on L.A’s unions to stay hawkish for positive change throughout the city and nationally.