Retirement Security,
Fight for a Fair Economy

Lawmakers Look at State-Sponsored IRAs for Private-Sector Workers

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon's "second mother," his Aunt Francisca, spent most of her 74-plus years cleaning houses for people who had pensions through their employers or were wealthy enough to set aside money in their own retirement accounts.

Members build support for Secure Choice

Working to offer retirement dignity and security for millions

Local 1000 members are volunteering to be part of a campaign to build support for retirement security, including California's Secure Choice program, which would offer options to more than six million California workers whose employers do not offer a retirement plan.  

States should step in to offer retirement options

By Yvonne R. Walker | July 7, 2014

Barbara Williams is a former aerospace worker in California who lost her piece of the American dream when that industry downsized. She lost her job, benefits and hope for a dignified retirement.

Local 1000 stands with Wal-Mart employees

Standing up for better jobs in our communities

Wal-Mart is the largest employer in the US - they rake in billion-dollar profits while failing to pay a living wage to its workers. We're taking part in a strike rally in Rancho Cordova today at 3:00 p.m. as part of our fight to end poverty wages and our economy's race to the bottom. Join us today at 10655 Folsom Boulevard.

Secure Choice Retirement program draws national focus

Members show support through personal testimony
The Local 1000-backed retirement security for all efforts in California are drawing national attention as other states work to develop a plan to help avert a retirement crisis among private sector workers. Members of the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board, including Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker were briefed May 27 about how Maryland, Illinois and Connecticut have joined California and Oregon in adopting legislation to study setting up a private sector retirement savings plan.

Local 1000 endorses Theresa Taylor for CalPERS board

Long-time activist is committed to retirement security
Longtime Local 1000 DLC 786 president Theresa Taylor, who has been active in every major Local 1000 campaign in the past decade, has announced her candidacy for an open seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration.

Fighting for better jobs in our communities

Members help low wage workers organize

Local 1000 members advanced our fight to grow the middle class and protect all workers from the race to the bottom by participating in a global wave of strikes and protests on May 15 in 150 cities across the US and 33 additional countries on six continents."As someone who cares about where our economy is headed and what kind jobs are being created in my neighborhood--this is my fight," said Beth Snyder, a steward at the Department of State Hospitals who attended actions in Sacramento. "Plus, as a former fast food worker myself--and current state worker--I've seen first hand the difference a union makes. All workers deserve a voice on the job and a living wage."

Will our daughters ever be able to retire?

Capitol hearing focuses on income inequality, access to early childhood education and lack of retirement options for women

Local 1000 participated in a select committee hearing held on May 5 to illustrate the comprehensive inequalities facing women in the workplace - ranging from unequal pay for equal work, lower retirement savings rates, finding affordable quality education for young children, and the high ratio of single mothers working in low wage jobs.

The hearing was designed to address the pressing challenges of preserving and strengthening the middle class for future generations at a time when middle-income opportunities are shrinking for many workers - especially women, according to state Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), chair of the Select Committee on Women and Inequality.

States pushing to offer retirement accounts to private sector

Goal is to provide pension plans to workers without access to them

Expanding the public retirement system to the private sector moved to political reality from abstract concept this year, as 16 states either are considering legislation or taking the first steps toward implementing new approaches.

The amount of attention at the state level in 2014 is encouraging, said Hank Kim, executive director and counsel of the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems in Washington. "Policymakers are seeing the light and recognizing that they have to do something. I think they see a crescendo building and that they have cover. As states start adopting this, the growth will come," said Mr. Kim. "I think 2015 is going to be a big year." 

Local 1000 backs bill to track public subsidies to corporations

Shannon-Workman-43014.jpgBill would show which companies force employees to rely on taxpayer-funded assistance programs

A key committee has passed a Local 1000 sponsored bill to track companies whose workers have to rely on on public benefits.

The Assembly Labor & Employment Committee voted on April 23 to approve AB 1792, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), and send the bill to the Appropriations Committee for approval.

"AB 1792 is central to our union's commitment to fighting income inequality in California," said Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker. "Public assistance programs were designed as a hand up for workers going through tough times, not as a permanent hand out to corporations that are turning billion dollar annual profits while paying poverty wages. Yet, taxpayers are increasingly subsidizing the low-road business model used by some of the largest and most profitable corporations in the world."