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Labor Day celebrates working people and workers' rights

This Labor Day, many of us will spend time with close family and dear friends at a barbecue, picnic or other community event. While we enjoy the fellowship of our loved ones, it is important to reflect on what strengthens and nurtures the lives and communities of working people and how we can continue to protect our ability to make a good living that will sustain our families.

Labor Day is the only national holiday that officially recognizes the contributions of American working men and women. While there is still work to do, CSEA and its partners in the labor movement are proud of the numerous strides we have made for workers' rights and safety on the job. You can thank unions for the eight-hour workday, weekends and the end of child labor, and yes, paid holidays such as Labor Day.

Nonetheless, unions have come under an unprecedented attack from political special-interest groups who want to roll back worker protections, civil liberties and the right to collectively bargain for pay and benefits -- but workers and union members are standing their ground. CSEA members, in particular, understand what's at stake and are more united than ever.

“We are strongest when we stand together for each other, our families and the students we serve,” Association President Ben Valdepeña said. “When it comes to fighting for our members and the values we hold dear, I’m In!”

Fighting the movement to undermine workers’ rights

CSEA members are successfully resisting threats from anti-union groups pursuing an aggressive agenda to undermine the laws protecting workers and unions. These groups and their billionaire backers want to cut public employee staffing, wages and pensions in order to reduce taxes on corporations and the wealthy. By reducing union membership, they believe that goal can be achieved.

A year after the 2018 Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court decision, groups such as the Freedom Foundation are finding that their campaign to badger workers into dropping their union membership is failing. In fact, unions such as CSEA are thriving and doing more for their members than ever. Nonetheless, these well-funded groups continue their efforts through social media, direct mail, email, fake union websites and even knocking on doors. If you receive communication from anyone asking you to leave your union, contact your CSEA Labor Relations Representative or CSEA Field Office. You can also download a Proud Union Household sign to display in your window and let these solicitors know you aren’t interested.

Why union membership matters

Some employees take it for granted that their job and the benefits they receive are secure and permanent, but that is not the case. Every year, basic cost-of-living raises and pensions come under attack. Your membership and participation in CSEA help us fight for better pay raises, pension security, health insurance, sick leave and the other important benefits you and your family rely on. More importantly, CSEA gives us the opportunity to make improvements for all classified employees and the students we serve.

CSEA Labor Day Events

CSEA Labor Day Events will be taking place all over the state. Check with your chapter or local field office for events happening near you.

California Labor Federation Events

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