Labor’s values are our values. Its place is in every aspect of working society and anywhere workers need representation. Our social contract with society must begin by demonstrating our commitment to supporting single payer health care, a universal minimum wage, overtime pay and benefits (including for farmworkers). We must fight for guaranteed cost of living adjustments while we work for the goal of a living wage. Organized labor and collective bargaining will always be our best weapons in the fight against ongoing assaults on wages and benefits for all workers.
We show our strongest support for labor unions most when we act in solidarity with them on their most important fights: saying NO to terrible multinational trade deals, making it easier for workers to join unions, doing our part to push back on the exploitative nature of the new ‘”gig” or “sharing” economy, and defending against attacks on union employees. Recent victories owed to strikes by teachers’ unions and hotel workers have given hope to the working class – it is now understood that when we fight together, we win and we must not let up!
The Labor movement scored a significant victory on April 30, 2018, when the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court of Los Angeles making it harder for companies to misclassify workers as independent contractors. That means that unless a company can prove a worker meets the test for a legal definition for contractors, that worker is entitled to all employee rights and benefits of ‘regular’ employees. As a Party, we must go further and support Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s AB 5 which would enshrine the Dynamex ruling into law, while closing loopholes that would allow corporations to skirt the decision.
There can be no freedom if the legal system only recognizes the rights of corporations but not workers. As a Party, we must push for lawmakers to create a space in legislative policy where the rights of workers in the new economy are entitled to organized representation. This goes for Big Box corporations as well as high-tech companies and the “sharing” economy, which employ thousands of people but offer no rights for their employees.