California labor groups work to fend off gubernatorial recall

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing a recall following his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has seen a recall before, and the labor community is once again speaking out.

The California Labor Federation is leading the charge in the statewide effort to help Newsom retain his position. California Labor Federation Communications Director Steve Smith discussed the recall on the AWF Union Podcast. He also discussed how workplace protections are changing in California, including protections for gig workers. Continue reading

California unions gain workforce percentage amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought in a wave of organizing across many industries. California is one of the states leading the way, where a higher percentage of their workforce is now unionized compared to at the beginning of the pandemic.

California Labor Federation Communications Director Steve Smith discussed some of the leading labor issues in California and around the country, how California’s unions have fared throughout the pandemic, what the plan is for gig workers now that Proposition 22 is state law and more. Continue reading

Rideshare drivers seek a fair shake as gig economy face attacks

As Uber and Lyft completely took over the transportation market, Edan Alva, a driver-leader and organizer with Gig Workers Rising discussed the misclassification of rideshare drivers on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 17. Continue reading