Public Employees

Can L.A. labor be smart again?

Can L.A. labor be smart again?

From the mid-1990s until a few weeks ago, Los Angeles was home to the nation's smartest and most consequential municipal labor movement. It was in Los Angeles that living wage ordinances and local hiring requirements for projects receiving public funds were first devised by labor and enacted by local governments. It was in L.A. that organizing campaigns among supposedly unorganizable immigrant janitors achieved breakthroughs that inspired similar successes nationally. It was in L.A. that labor most successfully mobilized immigrant and Latino voters, creating in the process not just a more progressive city but transforming California from a purple state to a blue one. And it was in...