Rideshare Drivers, Union Form Alliance in Support of AB5

Over 100 Uber and Lyft drivers formed a caravan on August 25, embarking on a three day trip to Sacramento in support of AB5, a bill that would redefine independent contractor status in California.  Members of two unions, the Mobile Workers Alliance and Gig Workers Rising, joined the drivers; the group also stopping to rally at Uber headquarters in San Francisco and returning home on August 28.

Laphonza Butler President of SEIU Local 2015, Appointed Budget Director to University of California Board of Regents

SACRAMENTO, CALIF – .Gov. Jerry Brown appointed the head of California’s largest union and three others Monday to the University of California Board of Regents, which sets tuition and other policy for the university system. Three of Brown’s appointees are Democrats, while the fourth isn’t registered with a party. The position isn’t paid and the state Senate must approve the appointments. One of Brown’s appointees is Laphonza Butler, the president of SEIU Local 2015, which represents 378,000 caregivers and nursing home workers. It is California’s largest union. Several unions representing university employees, although not the SEIU Local 2015, have organized


Organized labor is practically a shell of what it once was and regaining that strength is now a matter of urgent necessity. But Black unionists’ concerns are not a significant part of organized labors’ deliberations on regaining influence or real reform. For Black unionists, labor reform, in the public or private sectors, is mostly rhetoric not reality.

Black Employees File Formal Complaint Against California Department of Education

Dr. Shirley Thornton, a retired educator and colonel in the United States Army Reserves, remembers reaching a “glass ceiling” when she tried to advance to a senior level position at the California Department of Education (CDE). “The problems I faced were centered around my being in charge and people accepting that,” said Thornton who lives in the Los Angeles area. She says when the position for Deputy Superintendent, Specialized Programs came open, officials at the CDE told her she would have to apply for it. At the same time, a white colleague, also a woman, was appointed to an equivalent

Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee endorses Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris, candidate for U.S. Senate in California, has received the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (CBCPAC). CBCPAC works to increase the number of African Americans in the U.S. Congress, support non-black candidates that champion the interests of African Americans, and promote African American participation in the political process-with an emphasis on young voters. The endorsement was announced at a CBCPAC retreat in Southern California. “I am honored to have the support of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Political Action Committee,” said Harris. “I look forward to working closely with its members in Washington as